Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 21, 2014: Palestinian Women Take Aim with Cameras

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We speak with filmmakers Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt about their film, "In The Image," which features footage shot by half a dozen young Palestinian women working with the Israeli human rights group, "Btselem" to document daily life under occupation. Not just human rights violations but also graduation parties, shopping, falling in love, resisting by existing - they tell it like it is.

Listen now or Get MP3. 25:03 min.

In the Image is showing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:50 PM at the Castro Theatre, and on Sunday, August 3 at 4:45 PM at the California Theatre. For tickets and more information go to

We are two Jewish women filmmakers interested in women’s rights, non-violent activism and social issues throughout the globe. We are excited to be telling a different story about the relationships between Jews and Arabs.

Judith Montell has produced and directed documentaries dealing with issues of social justice, history, and education. Among them are Forever Activists: Stories from the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, nominated for an Academy Award; A Home On The Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma with Bonnie Burt; Timbrels and Torahs: Celebrating Women’s Wisdom with Miriam Chaya., Professional Revolutionaary: The Life of Saul Wellman and First Amendment On Trial: the Case of the Detroit Six. She directed and edited a series of 16 half hour dramatic programs in Esperanto, “Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo” for the purpose of teaching the language to aspiring Esperantists around the world. In The Image: Capturing the Struggle for Human Rights is in the spirit of these films, encouraging and teaching activism and featuring “ordinary” individuals working for a common good.

Emmy Scharlatt, started her film career as an assistant editor in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include: Year of The Dragon; Karate Kid II; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Steel Magnolias. She has worked as an editor, researcher, writer, and producer on documentaries and feature films since 1982. She edited Taino Maida’s Peace is Every Step, The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn, and was Consultanting Editor and Associate Producer on Mark Eisner’s film on the life of Pablo Neruda, The Poets Calling. Emmy co-produced Four Questions For A Rabbi by Stacey Ross and Jay Rosenblatt, an 11-minute film that won the Directors Cut award at the 2008 Black Maria film festival. In the Image is her directorial debut. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Francisco State University.

Click here to listen to the entire Women's Magazine show from today. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
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California Coalition of Women Prisoners is sponsoring a caravan and rally on July 31st to protest the re-opening of McFarland prison, to be run by the GEO Group, a private company with an abysmal reputation. Low level women offenders qualified for release are being transferred to McFarland for a brutal program falsely entitled Enhanced Rehabilitation and Recidivism Reduction Campaign. The caravan will meet at MacArthur BART at 11 AM and link up with Trail for Humanity. A rally at 5 PM will be held at McFarland Park. For more information contact CCWP at 415-255-7036 ext 4 or email To find out more about Trail for Humanity you can find them on Facebook.

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