Little White Lie Receives ITVS Funding

Our feature documentary film Little White Lie (formerly called Outside the Box), which examines dual identities and race in America, will have a national television broadcast on PBS thanks to the Independent Television Service (ITVS). ITVS funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens. Check the announcement from ITVS.

 

 

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness day. What are you doing to commemorate?

Below are a few options to consider:

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[tab id=1]Get involved by spreading the word about HIV/AIDS in women and girls’ lives. If you are looking for resources to use (i.e. posters, fact sheets, event ideas, etc) to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness day then check out http://www.nwghaad.org/resources.html. It has never been easier to spread the word. [/tab]
[tab id=2]The Independent Television Service is hosting an online film festival as part of their Women and Girls Lead public campaign. Celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by watching some wonderful films featuring amazing women at http://www.itvs.org/women-and-girls-lead/film-festival“[/tab]
[tab id=3] Taking care of yourself by getting tested is always a good idea. If you have not received an HIV/AIDS test, or any STD test for that matter, visit http://findstdtest.org/ or text zip code to 498669 to find a testing site in your area.[/tab]

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Kickstarter Campaign for Oblivion

Oblivion is a feature length narrative film based on a true story about the legal precedent setting court case that outlawed the practice of abduction for marriage in Ethiopia – also referred to as “telefa”.  It tells the story of a 14-year old girl named Aberash Bekele who was accused of murder after killing the 29-year old man who raped, beat, and abducted her in an attempt to marry her.

Aberash was defending herself but customary practice did not allow it. She was charged with murder by the local police and kept in prison without bail. A female lawyer named Meaza Ashenafi heard about the case and decided to represent Aberash. With the odds stacked against them, these two women fight a drawn out legal battle over a harrowing two year period that turns a new chapter in Ethiopiaʼs history and changes the lives of Ethiopian women forever.

Oblivion will be shot in Ethiopia on 35mm film in Spring of 2012. The film’s spoken language is Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia.

Oblivion has received support from Panavison Cameras, Pipeline Production Support, Ministry of Culture Ethiopia, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin and many other amazing individuals like you.

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