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Announcements and Screenings:
Orphans of Mathare has won the Rosa Luxemburg Award at the New England Film and Video Festival. The award is given to the film that best embodies the movement toward a more egalitarian society. Orphans of Mathare will screen on Wednesday, March 26th, at 7:00pm at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA. The program is called "Human" and also includes Being Human by Lisa Seidenberg. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.bfvf.org/festival

Orphans of Mathare will be screening at the Cambridge African Film Festival, Cambridge, England, in early May. More info soon.


Orphans of Mathare is Randy Bell's third documentary film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his first film, Look Back Don't Look Back (made with Justin Rice), as an "Outstanding documentary from 2000." The film won Best of Festival at the New England Film and Video Festival (2000), Best Short Documentary at the Cleveland Film Festival (2001), and Best Documentary at the Ivy Film Festival (2001). His second film, Modest Scarring, won the Hoopes Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Harvard University. It premiered at the Boston University American Studies Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit.

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Orphans of Mathare is Pacho Velez's second documentary film. His first film, Occupation (made with Maple Razsa), screened at festivals in North America, Europe, and Asia. The film played for a week at the Pioneer Theater in New York City and has screened at the George Eastman House and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Segments of the film appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on an A&E special on low-wage workers in America. Additionally, the film toured college campuses and union halls as part of an AFL-CIO and United Students Against Sweatshops effort to raise awareness of living wage issues.

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