3rd Annual BDC'S Women's Film Series: Shorts Night

3rd Annual BDC'S Women's Film Series: Shorts Night


Oct 6, 2017 | 7pm

Join us for an evening of incredible short documentaries as part of our 3rd Annual Women's Film Series which runs from Oct. 2-15th, 2017.


They Took Them Alive
Post-screening Q&A with director Emily Pederson

In 2014, the disappearance of 43 college students sparked a historic social movement in Mexico. Faced with government obstruction of an international investigation into their disappearance, their families enter a new chapter of uncertainty but refuse to stop seeking justice and closure.

About the director
Emily Pederson is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Raised in Rhode Island and based in New York, she has spent most of the last four years in Mexico, covering social movements and the impact of the Drug War on Mexican society. Her documentary work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, La Jornada, The Huffington Post and El Faro. She holds a degree in Photography and Human Rights from New York University.

The Other Side 
Post-screening Q&A with director Griselda San Martin

The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.

About the director
Griselda San Martin is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. For the past five years, she has documented the U.S.- Mexico border. Her long-term projects delve into issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights violations. She is currently focusing on the Hispanic community in the United States, exploring the effects of the rising xenophobic political and social climate in immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times Lens Blog, The New Republic, The Huffington Post and El País among others.

The Valley of Quest
Post-screening Q&A with director Maria Badia

“He who knows himself, knows his Lord” ­—Prophet Muhammad 
This is a story about the “other” Muslims. In a small Spanish town in the inspiring Alpujarra mountains, in Andalusia, 35 families of Westerners live a simple life as newly converted Muslims, following the traces of Sufism, considered by many as the mystic and most spiritual branch of Islam.

About the director
Maria Badia is a storyteller and filmmaker from Barcelona based in Brooklyn since 2008. She first came to New York as a correspondent for a Spanish television network. She produces, directs, shoots, and edits commercial and documentary films. She was a fellow at the 2012-2013 Uniondocs Collaborative Studio. She is a current member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a community of professional filmmakers with who we workshop our works once a week; and Film Fatales, a supportive group of women filmmakers collaborating in projects which gathers once a month. 

Of Birds and Boundaries
Post-screening Q&A with director Annie Berman

Of Birds and Boundaries is an animated documentary short that tells the story of ‘Marty’* a 25-year-old Hasidic family man in Brooklyn, who, yearning for freedom from his community, escapes into his own fantasies, and onto Craigslist, where he meets Annie, a secular filmmaker seeking a Hasidic researcher for her next project. What follows is the development of an unexpected relationship between two unlikely collaborators.

About the director
Annie Berman is a media artist living and working in New York City. Named one of Independent Magazine’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016, her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally in galleries, festivals, universities, and conferences, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, Babycastles Gallery, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. 

Suggested donation: $5 Bronx Resident, $10 General Public, 18-and-under Free.