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GENDER AND GLOBAL DOCUMENTARY FILM IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Sponsors: The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University 
Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

WELCOME Jorge Schement, Dean School of Communication and Information

KEYNOTE:  WOMEN, DOCUMENTARY AND PUBLIC LIFE  6:30 P.M.

GENDER AND GLOBAL DOCUMENTARY FILM 7:40 P.M.

March 28, 2012   6:30 – 9:00 p.m. 
Room 212, School of Communication and Information Building, 4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Contacts: Montague Kern mlkern@rutgers.edu and Stephanie Andersen Steph.andersen@rutgers.edu

We explore how documentary films by and about women fit within the public sphere. Since the 1970s, women in the West have been producing and directing films devoted to changing the cultural representation of women.   More women are making films now, but what are they saying?  Is there a clear voice for women today  in regard to films about war, conflict and social change?

Can women participate fully in today’s documentary film renaissance, characterized, on the one hand by an increasing audience and critical interest in the genre, and on the other, by the need to develop collaboration strategies to build an audience and have an impact?  How does the emergence of social media affect the work of film-making?

And how can we characterize film by and about women in non-Western societies, such as those in Africa, where there is a film renaissance as well?   

Finally, to what extent do we find a level playing field with 70% of film critics in the United States being male.  How does this affect women’s recognition in the industry?  This year’s Oscar nominations included several women for short-subject documentary – is this progress?

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