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Women Make Movies is very excited to announce that INDIA'S DAUGHTER and NO LE DIGAS A NADIE (DON'T TELL ANYONE) were recently honored with the 2016 Peabody Award!  Two of the nine films that received this distinguished tribute are released by Women Make Movies. "This is such an incredible recognition. We couldn't be more proud of Leslee Udwin and Mikela Shwer, both are remarkable filmmakers. Their films have made a significant contribution to the important dialogue about the lives of women in the US and abroad. It's great to see that they are in good company with other winners including, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Going Clear, and Listen to Me Marlon," said Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman. 

Directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin, India's Daughter tells the powerful story of Jyoti Singh, a  23-year-old medical student who was gang raped and murdered in Delhi. Singh's tragedy ignited protests by women in India and around the world, and eventually led to a worldwide movement in the fight against sexual violence.  

No Le Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) was helmed by acclaimed director Mikela Shwer, and features the extraordinary journey of Angy Rivera. Originally from Colombia, Rivera has lived undocumented in the United States since the age of 4. Now as an activist in her mid-twenties, she shares about being "undocumented and proud." 

The Peabody Awards recognizes projects that achieve the highest standards in media and film. Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, the 75th annual awards ceremony will take place on May 21st in New York City.

For more than 40 years Women Make Movies has been honored to support stellar women directors of independent film, who tell stories that make a vital impact within American society and world-wide.

WMM Big Premieres and Features at Hot Docs!
Women Make Movies is thrilled to announce that 2 films will premiere at Hot Docs! 
Sonita continues to be in high festival demand! After winning two awards at Sundance, and receiving honors at Full Frame, Sarasota, and True/False, the film is now heading to its Canadian premiere where director Rokshareh Ghaemmaghami will be in attendance.  Also having its Canadian premiere at the festival will be The Ovarian Psycos (Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle).

The Production Assistance Program will have an enormous showing at Hot Docs this year, with 10 films on the festival slate! Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing)  continues its impressive festival run that started at Sundance;  Weiner (Elyse Steinberg & Josh Kriegman), Trapped (Dawn Porter),  Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami) and Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson). Also screening at North America's largest documentary festival are LoveTrue (Alma Har'el), What Tomorrow Brings (Beth Murphy), The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Brett Story), The Ovarian Psycos (Joanna Sokolowski)and The Last Laugh (Ferne Pearlstein).   Congratulations to this esteemed group of filmmakers! 

WMM's Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be at the Hot Docs Forum, along with Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Public Exhibition & Acquisitions, and Barbara Ghammashi, Production Assistance Program Manager. 

About WMM:

Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For over 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Women Make Movies. By Women. About Women. For Everyone. 
Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  




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