Women Make Movies acquired two human rights films, Mimi Chakarova’s “The Price of Sex” and “Sarabah” from directors Maria Luisa Gambale and Gloria Bremer.
“The Price of Sex,” which world premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival, looks into the sexual slave trade in Eastern Europe. “Sarabah” profiles West African hip hop artist Sister Fa and her campaign against female genital mutilation. The film won The Golden Butterfly for Best Film at the Movies That Matter Film Festival.
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WOMEN MAKE MOVIES ACQUIRES TWO NEW AWARD-WINNING HUMAN RIGHTS FILMS
THE PRICE OF SEX WINS THE NESTOR ALMENDROS AWARD FOR COURAGE IN FILMMAKING; SARABAH IS RECOGNIZED WITH THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY AWARD
New York – Women Make Movies (WMM), the nation’s oldest and largest distributor of films by women and about women, announces two new acquisitions: THE PRICE OF SEX, by Emmy® nominated documentary photojournalist Mimi Chakarova and SARABAH, a film by Maria Luisa Gambale and Gloria Bremer.
Chakarova, whose film THE PRICE OF SEX is an unprecedented and compelling inquiry into the sexual slave trade in Eastern Europe, will be awarded the Human Rights Watch Festival’s distinguished Nestor Almenderos Award for Courage in Filmmaking, given annually to honor courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking, while her film screens at the New York festival, June 16-30. The film will have its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival, which runs through April 17. WMM is also partnering with the Sarasota Film Festival for the first annual “Side by Side Symposium,” an opportunity to encourage advocacy and action between novice and more experienced women in film. Several other films from WMM will screen at Sarasota, including the award-winning PINK SARIS and the world premiere of NO JOB FOR A WOMAN: THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO REPORT WORLD WAR II, from WMM’s acclaimed Production Assistance Program.
SARABAH, a profile of West African hip hop artist Sister Fa and her campaign against Female Genital Mutilation, has been awarded The Golden Butterfly for Best Film at the Movies That Matter Film Festival, winning over acclaimed films like BUDRUS and A SMALL ACT and garnering praise from jury members, including Bianca Jagger.
Executive Director Debra Zimmerman said, “As we near our 40th year, Women Make Movies is proud to continue our tradition of distributing films and supporting filmmakers who are tackling human rights issues on a global, national and local level. Both THE PRICE OF SEX and SARABAH represent how committed WMM is to bringing the stories of worldwide changemakers to the screen.”