Dream of Emerald Hill

Rosie Seow aka Kheng Lim was one of Singapore's first English speaking stage actresses and one of the first actors of South East Asian descent to train at London’s prestigious RADA drama school. Through snapshot vignettes from the 40’s and 50’s)Dream Of Emerald Hill celebrates the life of this pioneering and inspirational figure-actress, teacher, wife, mother and nation-builder.

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2017 Honorees

Honoring amazing women who have made a significant contribution to the business, social and cultural landscape of our local society.

An Ecstatic Experience

An invocation and a meditation on transcendence as a means of restoration and resistance.

In The Morning

Newark native Nefertite Nguvu's "In the Morning," which recently won Best Foreign Film in the Sienna, Italy Film Festival makes its New Jersey Premier at the Newark Museum on March 29th. It is about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day.

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Pyramid Scream

Thinking she is meeting a new friend for coffee, a young woman is shocked to learn that she is just another pawn in her new friend's pyramid scheme.

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Anoushka, Chris Levy, Livia and Pierre, four deaf kids frustrated by their difficulties to navigate the hearing world, invent a machine that will give deaf people access to possibles until then unimaginable.

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RYLEE, a mixed-race teen descends into drug addiction while struggling with her difficult childhood. After entering treatment at a rehab facility, working through issues of identity both physical and emotional, Rylee learns recovery is a life-long process that holds no guarantees.

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Seeking Hope

'Seeking Hope' is a documentary told from different points of view, about the life journey of legendary pianist Ms. Bertha Hope. Directed, written, and produced by jazz bassist Mimi Jones, it is an intimate, inter-generational look at life and music.

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The Girls In the Band

THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 20's to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

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Contamination is a short narrative film that tells the story of a 30-year-old African American woman named Jade who suffers from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This disorder has made her a shut-in for more than a year, because of her enormous fear of being infected by the outside world.

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Millie and the Lords

Millie and the Lords is the story of Milagros Baez, a Puerto Rican woman in Spanish Harlem whose life is transformed when she discovers the Young Lords Party. Incorporating original presentations from the founding members of the Young Lords Party with a deeply emotional story written by Jennica Carmona, Millie and the Lords is an inspiring motion picture about one woman’s journey from isolation and helplessness to strength and empowerment.

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Reflections of a Blessed Soul: A Tribute to Maya Angelou

REFLECTIONS OF A BLESSED SOUL is a forty-minute documentary film based on an exclusive Interview in her home with Maya Angelou then eighty-three years old.

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Pulling Up Roots

“Pulling Up Roots,” is the emotional journey of a woman navigating the tenuous strain between the past and the future. Filmed in an abandoned housing project in Western Ireland, she uproots exotic plants and flowers, as one might collect stories and memories one can’t understand.

Her Story: Educate A Woman, Educate A Nation

Sally, a researcher, travels to Ghana to find out what it takes for female students to be academically successful at a school that has only recently started supporting girls’ education.

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12 Months

"12 Months" is a documentary about a Los Angeles man (Tony) who rented his home for the entire year of 2013 for $1 per month to help a family in transitional housing. He never met the family, but offered his 3-bedroom home to give the family a chance to get on their feet.

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In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her 10-year-old daughter flee their home on the day of the child’s marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.

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Your Love

In a world where couples have a hard time nurturing their partnership. YOUR LOVE explores a day in the life of a young couple juggling family, career and temptation.

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Lutah: A Passion for Architecture, A Life in Design

LUTAH is a Horatio Alger story about a determined young woman from the Midwest who makes her way to California, wins a college scholarship intended for a boy, and rises to the top of a male dominated profession, designing many of the most original structures on the west coast.

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BadddDDD Sonia Sanchez

For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. This documentary traces her life from seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word.

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In 1937 Jean Batten, the legendary New Zealand pilot, touches down in Sydney after smashing a series of aviation records. But on the night of her reception, a chance encounter forces Jean to confront the lonesome consequences of her high‑flying lifestyle. Inspired by a true story.

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The Unforgettable Hampton Family

The story of a famous family of African American jazz musicians, The central character is the irrepressible Dawn Hampton, now 86 years old who still travels the world teaching swing dance and performing as a jazz whistler. Dawn Hampton will be in attendance at the April 5th Screening.

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An Educated Woman

Before the year 2001 Mufadhella Al Badeh, a former Yemeni journalist applied for a visa lottery, specifically for educated women. On February 14, 2003 Mufadhella Al Badeh and her family traveled to the United States. Her daughters: Khawla and Katebah both 7-years-old and 4-years-old at the time had no idea they were leaving one country for another. Nor did they realize the dreams their mother had in mind for them.

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Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

The story of tragedy and triumph seen through the eyes of a prodigy. Viewing the 20th century through the lens of Mary Lou Williams, one of its leading jazz musicians who was determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender.

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I Don' Been Through The Snake Skin and Come Out Clean

“I Don’ Been Through The Snake’s Skin & Come Out Clean” organically documents Louisiana grandparents struggles that are genuinely realized through cross-generational transmission of values, commitment, and cohesiveness of a southern family.

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Look At Us Now, Mother!

What trauma could make a child certain that she was born into the wrong family? What wounds are inflicted when she's isolated at home as an outsider; when her mother’s words are rarely nurturing but instead, ruthlessly shaming, demeaning and critical? What will it take to forgive such a past? Is forgiveness even possible?

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Rutgers Orbit II Art Exhibition

“Like jazz, women are smooth, soulful and swinging; they are masters of improvisation and they sing the blues. As is jazz, women are ragtime, bebop, and cool. Women are jazz musicians and have jazz bands.” Opening at 6pm on Jan. 28th at Rutger's Newark - Paul Robeson Gallery -Orbit II.

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NJPAC Exhibit and Panel Discussion

March 2nd "Women Speak: Art and Jazz at Newark 350" panel discussion, features panelists Iqua Colson, Gladys B. Grauer, Colleen Gutwein, Dorthaan Kirk and Adrienne Wheeler discussing the cultural future of the city of Newark.

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Call For Entries

Women In the World: A Visual Perspective is one art exhibit at three locations. Join us on Feb. 10th at Monmouth University's Pollak Gallery, Feb. 23rd at Rutgers Newark's Robeson Gallery, and March 1st at NJPAC for opening receptions. Stay tuned for the film fest March 28th - April 6th where we explore the effects of early child marriage, human trafficking, the politicization of hair, or polyamory on the lives of women.

You can also respond to our call for entries here:

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At a Glance…

“Like Jazz” is dedicated to the legacy of the late Mary Lou Williams, the Sweethearts of Rhythm and the unforgettable Hampton Sisters

Women’s History Month 2016 Honorees

LDT-5by7 Liz DelTufo
Wilma Wilma Grey
Dorthaan with mic Dorthaan Kirk
Barbara Kukla

Barbara Kukla


TamaraFlemingPhotography_MarjoriePerry_Final Majorie Perry
TeresaPic Hon. M. Teresa Ruiz