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    Diana Whitten (director/producer) has a decade of professional film/TV direction, production and design experience. She founded Sovereignty Productions in 2008, following a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia, and was the Director of Communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Vessel, her first feature film, premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Audience Award in the Documentary Competition, as well as a Special Jury Award for Political Courage.  Awards include the inaugural Peter Wintonick Award from Sheffield DocFest, an Honorable mention for the Moving Mountains Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award.

    Mitchell Block (producer) has handled the distribution and marketing of hundreds of documentary, live action, and animated shorts films and documentary features, 25 have won Oscars and 71 have received Academy Award nominations. He is president of Direct Cinema Limited, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy, a founding member of BAFTA-LA, and a life member of the UFVA and the IDA.  Recent work includes the Emmy Award winning PBS series Carrier, and the Oscar nominated short docPoster Girl.

    Elissa Brown (co-producer) has worked in all aspects of documentaries for the past eight years. She has produced, directed and edited corporate videos for the Heinz Family Foundation since 2010, and is currently co-producing the feature Windshield: A Vanished Vision, directed by Joanna Datillo. Previously she Associate Produced By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, released on HBO in November, 2009. Prior work includes serving as assistant editor on Bi the Way and an internship at the marketing and distribution firm THINKFilm. She completed her undergraduate work at Brown University and post-grad coursework at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

    Simeon Hutner (editor) Editing credits include: When I Walk,Harlem Street Singer,  Melting Planet, and Praying with LiorSelf Made Man, and Blue Vinyl,Chicks in White Satin, (nominated for an Academy Award in 1994), Mentor. He was Series Producer on the television series Dog, The Bounty Hunterfor A&E.  Simeon received MacDowell Fellowships in 2001 and 2003, and fellowships from Yaddo in 2002 and 2004.   He has an MFA in Film Production from the USC, an MBA from NYU and a BA from Middlebury College.

    Todd Griffin (composer) has scored dozens of film and theater projects, worked with leading independent filmmakers including Jem Cohen, Tze Chun, Michael Almereyda, Esther Robinson, Sam Green and Kimberly Reed, and has collaborated with musical luminaries such as Patti Smith, Vic Chesnutt, Tom Verlaine, DJ/Rupture and members of Fugazi, The Ex, and godspeed you! black emperor, and was a 2008 Fellow at the Sundance Composer’s lab.

    Heather McIntosh (composer) is the house cellist for the Elephant 6 Collective, she has played with of Montreal, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Music Tapes, Gerbils, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Apples in Stereo, Great Lakes, and The Ladybug Transistor.  She has extended her talents outside of Athens performing with Linda Perhacs, Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine, Faust, Animal Collective, Cat Power, Superchunk, M Ward, The Clientele, St. Vincent, Azure Ray, Icy Demons, Bright Eyes, Washed Out, Dr. Dog, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne.

    Emily Hubley (animator) Animations for films include: Blue Vinyl, Everything’s Cool, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Disturbing the Universe, Boy in the Bubble,the Storybook Project.  Her feature film, The Toe Tacticwas developed at Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters’ and Filmmakers’ Labs and premiered at MOMA 2009.  Ms. Hubley’s shorts have shown at Sundance, South by Southwest, MOMA, Tribeca, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and the Southern Circuit Tour; and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Emilie Liu (animator) is a motion graphic designer and illustrator based in New York City. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, she receives her BFA in Advertising from the National Chengchi University, Taipei in 2010 and her MFA in Computer Art with a concentration in motion graphics from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2012. Since 2006, Liu has received numerous awards for her animation work, including Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalist, the Taipei Creative CF, and Taipei Times Advertising Award.


    Full Cast and Crew

    Featuring Rebecca Gomperts, Kinga Jelinska, Cecilia Costa, Gunilla Kleiverda, Myra ter Meulen, Margreet Parlevliet, Juul Brockling, Lizet Kraal, Margie Moore, Susan Davies, Ivette Mrova, Annemarie van den Heuvel, Ana Cristina Santos, Sara larrea, Ana Cristina Vera, Veronica Vera, Paula Castello Starkoff, Manuela Luna Creciente, Nondo Ebuela Ejano

    Voiceover Kinga Jelinska, Inês Rodrigues

    Additional Camera

    Ecuador Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Jennie Allen, Cedric Zoenen, Ivette Mrova

    Netherlands Janine Abbring, Anita Schillhorn van Veen

    Costa Rica Natasha Pachano

    Ireland Hillary Heath

    Portugal Dina Campos Lopes, Raquel Freire, Noor Venrooy, Monica Dijkstra, Luisa Homem, Fausto Cardoso (sound)

    Pakistan Nisar Ahmad

    Vienna Thomas Christian Eichtinger

    Original music performed by

    Cello Heather Mcintosh

    Viola Jessica Pavone

    Violin Catherine Mcrae

    All other instruments T. Griffin

    Online Editor & Colorist Björn Bellenbaum

    Online Assistant Jacob Kedzierski

    Audio Post Production David Wilson

    Associate Producers Anita Schillhorn van Veen, Montana Wojczuk, Adriana Young, Thomas Christian Eichtinger (Vienna)

    Production Assistants Kathryn Conkling, Carolyn Whitten, Danielle Bell

    Archives Producer Marianna Yarovskaya

    Archives Assistance Tim Manders

    Titles Design Emilie Hsin Pei Liu

    With acknowledgment to the Editing Team through 2011

    Editor Susan Korda

    Assistant Editor Patrick Schoenville

    Intern David Dunham

    Post Production Assistants Carmen Jimenez, Andrew Hauser

    Print Graphics Daria Erdosy

    Poster Design Empty the Sunrise

    Publicity Photos Leah Rae

    Community and Grassroots Distribution Strategy Caitlin Boyle, Film Sprout

    Outreach Consulting Danielle Bernstein, Kelly Matheson

    Production Counsel Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP: Jonathan Gray, Esq., Bianca Grimshaw, Esq.

    Additional Production Counsel Marianna Shelenkova, Damian Ridealgh, Thao Tran, Lucy Muzzy, Brian Mencher, Tatyana Levina, Patty Skuster

    Publicity Adam J. Segal, the 2050 Group; Fitzgibbon Media

    Fundraising Advisor Sunny Daly

    Fiscal Sponsors Women Make Movies, Arts Engine

    Accounting Adams and Salter, CPA, PC, Leah Hurley

    Rough Cut Screening Production Craft Media

    Production Translation Gillian Gough

    Transcribers /Translators Yeidy Luz Rosa Ortiz, Patrick Schonewille, Kathryn Conkling, Yliana Paola Nunez Solorio, Rocio de la Rosa, Sebastian Gutierrez, Nadia Mohamed, Diana Quinones Rivera, Francesca Carendi, Nandini Jayakr, Zeenath Shareef, William and Marissa Lipovsky, Lindsay Cuff, Milena Garcia, Genesis Henriquez, Malu Alvarez, Med Amajoud, Wilbert Mahenge, Ana Figueiredo, Zack George, Lissa Penteado, Greg Czarnecki, Xavier Ortells Nicolau


    This film was made possible with generous support from:

    Fork Films

    Chicken and Egg Pictures

    Impact Partners, and its following members: Compton Foundation, Patricia Lambrecht, Michael J. Levinthal, Debbie McLeod & Jay Sears, Juliette Feeney-Timsit & Caroleen Feeney, Beth Sackler, Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Wadsworth & Wadsworth

    Hivos, Hope Foundation, Mary Wohlford Foundation, NYSCA, Puffin Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona b. Carpenter Foundation, Mama Cash, Fledgling Fund, Harnisch Foundation, IPAS, the Whitten Family

    Martha Aney, Annas Alamudi, Marcia Becker, Daniel Belasco, Harriet e. Bell, Van Bluemel, Wayne Brooks, Nell Boeschenstein, Bari Boyer, Brummelkamp van-Joost, Philip Caraway, Karim Chebani, George Coleman, Erin Currier, Kristin David, Vera Dekort, Jenny Deller, Jay Dedman, Gove Depuy, Robert Dewey, Steve Dibaslo, Susan and Christopher Durham, Ethan Hon, Dorothy Fadiman, Emily Feder, Gereldine Feldman, Mariah Freeman, Nathaniel Freitas, Yolanda Foley, Jean-Jaques Gabriel, Peggy Elliot Goldwyn, Corky Hale & Mike Stoller, Kathleen Hanna, Dena Hanold, Lisa Harris, Vanessa Hartman, Arthur Henshaw, Cornelia Hermann, Annabelle Jellinek, Mary Katzen, Deirdre k. Krasner, Thomas lydick, Sally Mahood, Nina Mazlof, Heather Mccready, Lexi Mcguiness, Hillary Miller, Cambra Moniz Edwards, Liza Monroy, Heather Monteith, Justin Moyer, David Nash, Tom Neill, Mary Ostrow, Pandriam, Jim Paugh, Scott Pelkey, Bridget Potter, Annette Rafferty, July Rogan, David Rosen & Karen Shapiro, Dan Rothenberg, Chip Sbrogna, Tjaart & Karla Schillhorn van Veen, Meryl Schwartz-Holcombe, Carol l. Seager, Omar Sharif, Amanda Siegelson, Glynn Spelliscy, Rob and Elissa Spillman, Ann Strager, Andy Thorton, Danielle Teitelman, Nan Tuttleman, Daniel Villarreal, Danny Wallace, Martin Washburn & Lis Harris, Eric Yoo

    Special Thanks to

    Women on Waves, Women on Web, Mardi Kildebeck, Judith Helfand, Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker Benello, IPAS, Coordinadora Juvenil, Womens Promotion Center, Medical Students for Choice, Sam Pollard, Justin Moyer, Robert Richert, Sophie Tuttleman, Ariel Dougherty, Cindy Cooper, Jennifer Baumgardner, Marjan Sax, Nassim Assefi, Alan Adelson, Sue Wicklund, Natasha Gill, Jonathan Bach, Violeta Krasnic, Leila Darabi, Marta Drury, Rachel Yamada, Barbara Bell, Jessica Arinella, Alicia Arinella, Cheryl Furjanic, Josephine Decker, Sarah Foudy, Zoie Omega, Ava Jardin, Sarah Kornbluth, Amy Sharp, Sinead Kinnane, Brian Hendries, Nora Dye, Lacey Clarke, Sinnead Kinnane, Cathy Berger, Kate Amend, Debra Anderson, Cleo Cacoulidis, Sharon Hughes, Lucy Hutner, Paul Kaufman, Karen Ostrom, Debra Zimmerman, Lucila Moctezuma, Tracy Holder, Julia Ellis-Kahana, Kat Vecchio, Juli Kobayashi, Susan Yanow, Bart Weiss, Janet Pierson, Tedxamazonia, Jackson, All our screeners






    Photos by Diana Whitten and Cedric Zoenen
    Poster art by Empty the Sunrise