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The Man Up Film Festival - Programming Block 1: 4-7:30pm
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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The Man Up Film Festival - Programming Block 1: 4-7:30pm
(In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign)

The Man Up Film Festival is a non-profit series and  the one-day festival is hosted in conjunction with Objective Cinema and Women's Voices Now. Proceeds from the film festival support Man Up youth activists globally.  
A SUGGESTED DONATION OF $12.00 for each programming block. This is the 4-7:30pm programming block.

Tickets for the 8-11:30pm programming block available at:
Thin Ice
HÃ¥kan Berthas, 2006, 57 min.
In a rousing sports tale, Dolkar, a young Buddhist woman from Ladakh in the Himalayas seeks to play ice hockey. She and her friends try to make ice to skate on, get equipment and coaching, yet the larger challenge is the men who don't think women's ice hockey is important. When the next year's tournament is approaching the girls make a new attempt to enter. Finally when they find the American coach "Deb," they travel over the mountain to the Muslim village Kargil and create a joint team. As much about the transformative power of sport, Thin Ice creates a bridge between Buddhist and the Muslim women.

All the Ladies Say
Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, 2010, 45 min.
On a six city journey led by Ana "Rokafella" Garcia (veteran female Breakdancer-b girl)  a quest begins to unfold to see how the B-girl scene not only exists but is growing throughout the U.S. despite the challenges of its absence on the mainstream platform. "Breaking" is a male dominated dance form yet there are many women who exhibit high levels of dexterity. All the Ladies Say documents how women-young and older-continue to push their dreams and re-create the world of hip-hop.                    

Post-screening discussion with "All the Ladies Say" director "Rokafella"

Women's Voices Now will showcase The Slave, a 74-minute screening of short films exploring violence against Arab and Muslim women, and the empowering people and projects who are currently working to end such violence. The films included in the program are:

The Journey
Bengal, 7min.
Viewers join the journey home of seven girls who are survivors of trafficking upon their release from a post-enslavement shelter home.

Breaking the Silence
Yemen, 12 min.
Chronicles the lives and injustices against the Akhdam women in Yemen. The Akhdam, singular Khadem, meaning "servant" in Arabic, are a social group in Yemen, distinct from the majority by their darker skin and African descent. Although they are Arabic-speaking and practicing Muslims, they are regarded as non-Arabs and designated as a low caste group, frequently discriminated against and confined to unskilled and menial labor in a society already riddled with patriarchy and poverty, the distain and discrimination against Akhdam renders these women easy targets of violence and abuse Akhdam women are subject to hate-based attacks and sexual assaults without any type of legal
or social recourse.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5 min.
Records a live performance about the veil as a symbol of a female identity which the artist does not recognize as her own. In cutting the veil, the artist is risking cutting her real face and body. Under the cloth appears a naked body and gender.

Pakistan, 5 min.
Introduces the Bheel and Kohli tribes trapped in modern day slavery in the province of Sind, Pakistan. Sodo is an elder of the Bheel tribe who escaped after two harsh years of slavery and subsequently freed 89 other men, women and children trapped at the hands of the same slave owner. The film exposes the cruel treatment of the slaves, the heavy chains they are held in, and the brutal work they are forced to perform in agriculture, brick factories and stone crushing queries.

Post Violence
Iran, 5 min.
Despite violence against women all around the world, their lives continue, powerful and strong.

I Accept, I Accept, I Accept
Pakistan, 5 min.
An experimental art film which has a feel of a documentary based on a true story from a chapter of a 22 year old Pakistani girl's personal diary. This film captures the true essence of the protagonist's feelings going into an arranged marriage. She goes through the traditions that lead to the final day, here she has to say "I accept" 3 times to get married to a man she hardly knows. The visual diary then unveils what happens next. The voice-over is in the present and the visuals are a montage of memories of that chapter.

Behind The Wall
Kyrgyzstan, 27 min.
Domestic violence is very real problem that women from Kyrgyzstan and the whole of Central Asia have to face. Often, women cannot expect any help from relatives or the police, since domestic violence is part of local culture and traditions. This film talks about one of those women, who became a victim of this tradition. In order to somehow break away from the tyranny of her husband, this woman decides to take extreme measures and kills her husband. She now serves a sentence for murder in a reformatory in Kyrgyzstan, despite the fact that she has three sons, two of which are underage. This film shows the imperfections of the system and how ignorance of people can destroy lives.

Whose Honor?
India, 5 min.
Khap Panchayats (or caste councils) seem to be condoning honor killings which have been on the rise in some Indian states, including in Haryana. Neha Sehgal and her students from the DAV College of Women in Yamunanagar boldly confront the patriarchal establishment of a village and beg the question of whether the same intolerance for love unions would exist, if women
were included in the local decision-making process.

Land of Dragons
India, 3 min.
The state of Manipur in the north east of India has witnessed 15 years of armed conflict. Today, the people of the state want the government to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives army personnel special privileges that could are misused and result in murder, rape and abuse of the people.


The Man Up Campaign is a global effort activating young women and men to stop violence against women and girls. Harnessing the universal power of the arts, sport and technology, Man Up provides innovative training, resources and support to youth and the organizations with whom they collaborate. This initiative is dedicated to mobilizing young people and strengthening their in-country programs. The Man Up Campaign formally launched during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, bringing together a diverse group of up to +100 women and men (ages 18 to 30 years) from 25 countries. Occurring at the University of Johannesburg, this international forum was the first of its kind to develop capacity and technical expertise among young people of both genders, who are committed to stopping violence against women and girls.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991, at Rutgers University. The period between November 25-December 10 symbolically ties the pandemic of violence against women and girls to the principles of human rights. This year's theme is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women."

Objective Cinema is an independent, online distribution network presenting world class features and documentaries. A non-exclusive, online distribution company, filmmakers from 'round the world are invited to participate and submit their work to Objective, which offers DVD sales, online rentals and download streaming. Objective Cinema is a Fair Trade Organization backed by consumers that are engaged actively in supporting filmmakers, raising awareness and campaigning for change.

Women's Voices Now (WVN) is the nonprofit social enterprise which created Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival, a collection of 98 films from 40 countries. The mission is to empower women and give voice to the struggle for civil, economic and political rights. In March, 2011 WVN premiered 41 of the Festival films in Hollywood, California. Today, the entire collection of films is being watched on-line in 174 countries. WVN has created an on-line platform where underrepresented women can be heard by an international audience, women can communicate with each other, and the dialogue on women's rights can be elevated by a multitude of views from diverse national, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.



Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
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