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“Between the Boroughs: Fostering connection, awareness, and healthy relationships in NYC” - Screening and Q&A with ROLL RED ROLL filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman and guests

Sunday, March 24, 7:45 show

Nancy joins local educators Ileana Jiménez, a leader in the field of feminist and social justice education in the K-12 classroom, and Joe Samalin (MenChallenging). Hear how they are empowering students around violence prevention and challenging them to become leaders.

Moderated by filmmaker Vaishali Sinha.

For over twenty years, Ileana Jiménez has been a leader in the field of feminist and social justice education. She inspires teachers to bring intersectional feminism to the K-12 classroom through her blog, Feminist Teacher, her Twitter handle @feministteacher, and the #HSfeminism and #K12feminism hashtags she created. Her social media presence has lifted up the work of high school feminism teachers nationally and globally, bringing visibility to the feminism-in-schools movement. She teaches high school courses on intersectional feminism, queer literature, Latinx literature, Toni Morrison, and memoir writing. She is also currently a PhD student at Teachers College, Columbia in the English Education program where she will focus her research on feminist pedagogy. In 2010, she was named one of the 30 Women Making History by the Women’s Media Center; later that year, she was named one of the 40 Feminists Under 40 by the Feminist Press. A recipient of the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, she has travelled globally to share her work on anti-racist, feminist, and queer pedagogies. Her Fulbright research focused on queer youth in schools in Mexico City. She has also appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show and has written for Education Week, the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, and the Women’s Media Center. She is also published in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (volume 1, 2016); Radical Teacher (vol. 106, 2016); One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What's Gotten Better... and What Hasn't (Beacon, 2015); SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence (Feminist Press, 2015); The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future (Feminist Press, 2015); and was recently published in volume two of Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics (Praeger, 2018). She received her B.A. in English Literature at Smith College, and an M.A. in English Literature at Middlebury College.


Joe Samalin has been helping communities engage men and boys in gender-based violence prevention for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of MenChallenging, and is currently working as a consultant on with numerous colleges and universities, government agencies, and more. Prior to that he was Senior Program Manager for Community Mobilization & Leadership Development with Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that works to challenge the culture of violence against women and girls. He has been working to address violence against women and girls since he was an undergraduate student, and as an activist and organizer addresses domestic violence, sexual violence, and anti-stalking, through trainings and programming with hundreds of communities on these issues.


Vaishali Sinha is an award-winning filmmaker originally from India. She is the director/producer of the recently released feature documentary ASK THE SEXPERT about a 93-year-old sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on sex education in schools in several states in India. The film won the jury award for Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival, the Critics Choice Award for "Best Documentary" in India and a nomination for a Grierson Award, UK in 2018. Ask the Sexpert premiered on PBS and is available on Amazon Prime as well as Netflix India as a top pick. Ask the Sexpert will have a theatrical release in India in 2019.

Vaishali also Co-Directed/Produced the feature documentary MADE IN INDIA about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. The film premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. The film received several Jury awards at festivals and was nominated for the Ridenhour Prize for excellence in truth-telling. Made in India is currently a case study at Harvard Business School for their class on ethics.

In the past Vaishali has worked with the group Point of View, Mumbai promoting women's voices and is currently the media programmer for the upcoming art and activism festival reconference to be held in Nepal by CREA.  

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