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Woman in Media-Newark Hosts Its 12th Annual International Film Festival In Celebration of Women

Free Screenings in Person and Virtually July 29 – Aug. 1, 2021

NEWARK, NJ, July 20, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Woman in Media-Newark (WIM-N) will hold its 12 year retrospective annual International Film Festival from July 29 – Aug. 1, 2021 in recognition of the strength and resilience of women.

This retrospective will screen international, independent films by and about global women's issues, and will include some of the audience favorite films from throughout the previous eleven years. In response to COVID induced precautions, July 29th and 30th will offer in-person screenings at the Cranford Theater, Cranford NJ Akwaaba Gallery, Newark, NJ respectively, while films will also be able to be screened virtually from July 29th to August 1st. All screenings are free and open to the public. Information regarding registration for in person screenings, and free tickets for the virtual screenings can be found at

Topics for this year's films include child marriage, gender-based violence, elder abuse, LGBTQI, migration, relationships, women's empowerment, women's suffrage and jazz music. "Each year, our festival presents an amazing array of independent films from around the world that focus on issues that affect women, and celebrate their indomitable spirit," said Pamela Morgan, Executive Director and founder of the festival. She continues, "By offering a retrospective festival we are able to revisit some of our audience favorites that still resonate with today's social/political climate."

One of the hallmarks of the festival is the tribute it pays to women who have made a significant contribution to the community. This year's Community Service Award honorees are: Akwaaba Gallery owner Laura Bonas Palmer, J.D.; Women's Activist Jillian Montilla; Artist/historian Nell Painter, Ph.D.; and SONY Senior Vice President Dr. Jennifer Turner. Marcia Wilson Brown, J.D., retiring Vice Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

A few of the festival highlights include:

July 29 -
• Honoring Marcia Brown, Jillian Montialla and Jennifer Turner
• Screening two film shorts from China and France, and NY Times Critics Pick Elza (Guadeloupe)

July 30 -
• Honoring Laura Bonas Palmer and Nell Painter
• Screening Being Gladys (focused on the life of artist Gladys B. Grauer) and Womanish Ways… (focused on suffrage in the Bahamas)

July 29 – August 1 -

• 21 Films being screened virtually including award winners "The Rape of Recy Taylor," and "In the Morning," as well as films on topics including migration, child marriage, elder abuse, relationships, jazz, LGBTQI issues, traditional practices and women's empowerment.

The film festival is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome. More information can be found by visiting, or you may call 973-996-8342 or email us at

About Women In Media-Newark:
Women In Media – Newark is a not for profit organization that advocates for and educates the public about issues affecting the lives of women using film, video and new media as our platform. Merging culture and academia, we rally behind our sisters who courageously struggle to assume leadership roles in the film industry with their conscious effort to present a balanced image of women, dispelling the stereotypes and changing public perception of their sisters worldwide.

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