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50th Anniversary Celebration Begins 2017!

Since 1967, TWN has promoted activist media that challenges all systems of oppression. TWN supports the ongoing efforts of progressive communities of color to work for peace, social justice and equality. In May 2017, TWN collaborated with the Workers Unite! Film Festival to present the Global Gathering of Progressive, Radical and Activist Filmmakers at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. For more information, please visit Eventbrite page. Stay tuned for more information about film screenings at the New York Public Library, Harvard Film Archive and Metrograph.

Black Women's Cinema Series at BAMcinematék -- Featuring TWN Productions!

We are pleased to announce that two TWN productions and other films distributed by TWN were part of BAMcinematek's One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970-1991 series. Curated by Michelle Materre, this film series "celebrates the black women directors who worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen. Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking".

Help for Communities of Color impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Colorlines has published a list of charitable organizations that are helping to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx and other populations safe in Houston after the devastation of the recent hurricane. Please consider making a donation.

2017 Production Workshop - Started March 27th- now in post!

Now entering its 40th year, the TWN Production Workshop provides unique “hands-on” media production training, providing practical skills and resources for emerging filmmakers. This intensive 5-month program is aimed primarily at members of historically marginalized communities, with limited economic resources and access to mainstream educational institutions or traditional training programs. Offering the tools to create fiction or documentary projects, the Production Workshop carries on the mission of TWN of promoting independent cinema by and about communities of color and other underserved groups and their progressive allies.  For more info.

The TWN Fall Evening Seminars have started!

Our Fall Evening Seminars include the following topics: docufiction, CHAVELA screening and talk, Sound Recording, How to Choose a Camera and more  See the lineup!

TWN Call for Change shorts featured on new CUNYTV web series

The CUNY TV Short Docs Web Series showcases short documentaries about NYC's minority communities and examines issues including immigration, human rights, education, diaspora, multiculturalism, environmental issues and criminal justice. The documentaries will stream at CUNY-TV's YouTube Channel, along with interviews with the filmmakers and subjects related to the pieces. This season features several of TWN's acclaimed Call for Change series, including DASTAAR: Defending Sikh Identity, by Kevin Lee--along with an interview of Sapreet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director -- and WORK AND RESPECT by Domestic Workers United, on the struggle for the rights of domestic workers -- with an additional interview with Barbara Young of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Watch Now!

TWN Seeks Graphic Design & Abobe Premiere Interns

If you have graphic design or Premiere experience, or would like to learn; live in New York City and need to add more credits to your resume, please apply to our internship program at Third World Newsreel. Send a cover letter and resume to

In Response to Hurricane Matthew

To contribute to the discussion about the role of humanitarian aid in Haiti’s future, Third World Newsreel and filmmakers Hanna Rose Sell & Vanessa Bertozzi, are pleased to offer free viewing of the short documentary film SECONDHAND (PEPE) for a limited time until November 7th. SECONDHAND (PEPE) traces the origins of the secondhand clothing industry in the United States and links that history to the contemporary flow of used clothes to Haiti. This short film addresses the negative and positive roles of humanitarian aid in Haiti’s past and future. Please share on social media and tell your friends and family about Haitian-led community organizations and the need for people-powered charitable aid for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

TWN's SU-CASA Senior Media Workshops - Four in 2017

This spring, TWN is working with Senior citizens at the SelfHelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center and the SelfHelp Innovative Senior Center in Flushing in basic video production classes. For more info, or to join (just be over 60 years) contact  Last year, TWN worked with the Latimer center and some of the Seniors' films were screened at Flushing Town Hall as part of the MADE IN FLUSHING night at the New York Asian American International Film Festival, sponsored by Asian CineVision. The Senior's films preceded the main feature, BRIGHT SUN MANSION. For more info.   Keep tuned! The 2017 Su-Casa workshops started April 6th and resulted in over 10 videos in Chinese and Spanish! This was made possible with support in part from public funds through the NY City Council in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of the Aging - and special thanks to City Councilman Peter Koo.

TWN Response to #Orlando Mass Shooting

TWN mourns the Orlando victims Anti-LGBT hate crimes continue to harm Queer communities in the United States and the #Orlando mass shooting was the latest horrific attack on Queer people of color. To contribute to the national conversation on this tragic event, TWN presented free streaming access to three independent films that address #ViolenceAgainstLGBTQ communities of color through July 4th: Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project, Photos of Angie and Three Queer Mice.

Filmmaker and activist Charles B. Brack was honored to share his film with the general public for the first time. Brack said “The massacre in Orlando was catastrophic. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. In our vigilance, we must be reminded that there are quiet catastrophes daily. Look for anti violence projects in your area, and help each other through this horrific time. Our resilience cannot be discounted.”

TWN Receives NEA Grant!

Third World Newsreel is pleased to announce that it  has received a 2017-2018 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, for its workshop programs. This funding will help continue TWN's many workshops, along with the kind support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

TWN at the Museum of the City of New York

ACTIVIST NEW YORK exhibit & CITY OF MOVEMENT" documentary at the Museum of the City of New York is an exhibition that presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation. The exhibition includes an original 10-minute documentary film, CITY OF MOVEMENT, featuring material from the Third World Newsreel Archives.

TWN and NYU "Organizing/Filmmaking/Archiving" 

On February 27th, 2016, TWN, along with NYU's Cinema Studies Department and MIAP (Moving Image Archiving and Preservation) presented an all day program featuring recently preserved films from the TWN Newsreel collection. The films presented were JANIE'S JANIE, TEACH OUR CHILDREN, MAKE OUT and the premiere of the preserved BREAK AND ENTER (ROMPIENDO PUERTAS). Each film was accompanied by a panel including the filmmakers, activists (past and present) as well as preservation professionals. Note: in the morning, there was a preservation workshop led by the MIAP program. For More Info.

TWN on New York City Screens

IN 2015, TWN was pleased to be part of the February 2015 "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York 1968-1986" program, with amazing and rarely seen films by New York-based independent filmmakers from a time when films by people of color were neither recognized or supported, and frequently suppressed. This historic series, programmed by Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking and Jake Perlin, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Programmer at Large included TWN produced or distributed films - A DREAM IS WHAT YOU WAKE UP FROM; NAMIBIA: INDEPENDENCE NOW!; SUZANNE, SUZANNE; TEACH OUR CHILDREN; and VOICES OF THE GODS. This was also a rare chance to see films by Bill Miles, William Greaves, Jessie Maples, St Clair Bourne, and the fabulous LOSING GROUND by Kathleen Collins with Ronald Gray.

"An ambitious, revelatory series devoted to an astonishingly rich, dismayingly under appreciated chapter in American movie history." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"MUST-ATTEND... you may never get another opportunity quite like this again." --Tambay A. Obenson, Indiewire's Shadow and Act

"More than just a cinematic feast; it's a revelation." --Richard Brody,The New Yorker

"ESSENTIAL... assembles some of the most vital and groundbreaking cinema of the era." --Melissa Anderson,The Village Voice

"Extraordinary collection of films." --Ashley Clark, L Magazine

TWN also screened JANIE'S JANIE and MAKE OUT at the Museum of Modern Art, as part of the Women's Film Preservation Fund screenings. EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA, a historic documentary about the Young Lords, screened as part of a joint exhibit at El Museo del Barrio and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and THE CASE AGAINST LINCOLN CENTER was part of the P.S. 1 exhibit "Greater New York".

Girls and Women of Immigrant Backgrounds Production Workshop- the 2017 edition! Screening: June 15th at Onderdonk House in Queens!

This May 20th, TWN, in collaboration with New York Women In Film and Television, taught 16 girls and women of immigrant backgrounds in a one day Production workshop - a rapid fire lesson on how to conceptualize and shoot a short doc. Their resulting videos premiered at a NYWIFT screening in Ridgewood June 15th. Last June, the 2016 Women's Production workshop also completed three documentary shorts, and the 2015 group produced a compilation entitled The Multiplicity of Us, which was recently recommended by Video Librarian Magazine. These workshops were made possible by NY City Council member Elizabeth Crowley as part of the NYC Cultural Immigrant Initiative. Watch the videos the women produced!   To attend the June 15th free screening go to

The Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund

The TWN family suffered three tremendous losses in 2010 with the passing of some extraordinary workshop alumni: Jennifer Fasulo, Miriam Akoma Perez, and Laura Dottin. As families, friends, activists and media arts communities heal from these tragic losses, we also want to pay tribute to these strong and talented women. Please see our memorial section below to read about their lives and work. The leadership of Third World Newsreel has created the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund which will provide funding for the TWN Workshops. All three of these women were accomplished media makers whose lives had been changed by participation in TWN Workshops, a 34 year old program that has trained hundreds of socially committed filmmakers. What more fitting way to pay tribute than to facilitate the path for other emerging socially conscious filmmakers to learn their craft? The Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel hopes that all who can, will make a generous contribution for the 2011 calendar year to support the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund. To donate online, or for information on making donations, please go to our
donation page.

The TWN Film Preservation Fund

Third World Newsreel worked with the Preservation Committee of the original Newsreel film collective to preserve some of the original Newsreel films. Numerous historic short activist films were made in the late 60's and early 70's that are at risk.

We recently finished the preservation of the film BREAK AND ENTER (ROMPIENDO PUERTAS) and COLUMBIA REVOLT, with the help of the National Film Preservation Foundation. Previously the films MAKE OUT; and JANIE'S JANIE -- the latter an important but rarely seen feminist documentary shot in Newark by Geri Ashur, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Palewski -- and others were preserved with the support of New York Women in Film and Television's Women's Film Preservation Fund. NYWIFT also help support the preservation of THE WOMAN'S FILM, a classic early women's movement piece.

We need your help to restore our other films, like EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA on the Young Lords. This film and other high caliber historic documentaries are at risk of being lost for ever! It is critical that we preserve the early TWN films for future generations of students, scholars, activists and audiences. To donate online, or for information on making donations, please go to our donation page.

H2A Partners With Third World Newsreel on Indie Distribution Label, H2ONewsreel

The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) has been working with Third World Newsreel (TWN) through a partnership called H2ONewsreel, to provide the Best in Hip-Hop Media, Education, and Culture. H2O NEWSREEL is a Hip-Hop multi-media independent developer and distribution outlet. It acquires media projects and facilitates the creation of curriculums and study guides for the education and urban entertainment markets. H2ONEWSREEL offers among the most competitive percentage agreement to independent filmmakers and split profits on a non-exclusive agreement. Formed in September 2008, H2ONEWSREEL is now releasing its titles to the international educational sector. H2ONEWSREEL is featuring documentaries including: MASIZAKHE, FREKUENSIA KOLOMBIANA, and an award winning short series collection. Filmmakers whose projects are aligned with the H2O NEWSREEL mission will be selected to work closely with staff members on their marketing campaigns, programming and distribution goals, so that the H2A can offer more cultivation and resources. For more information on H2ONewsreel, go to the H20Newsreel site.

In Memoriam

We're sorry to report that William Sloan,a great champion of independent filmmakers - and especially underrepresented filmmakers - is gone. Bill passed away January 28th, 2017. He was film librarian at MoMA, and before that, at NYPL, an editor at the Film Library Quarterly, taught, active on numerous film juries - and for over a decade was an active member of the Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel. Fabulous and witty, he (and his wife Gwen, who passed in 2015) were great and active supporters of TWN. Rest in peace Bill.

We lost our friend, colleague and compañero Herman Lew suddenly on September 20th, 2014. Filmmaker, professor, activist, teacher, and beloved father and husband, Herman will be missed by his family, the Third World Newsreel family, the City College family, and the numerous students and emerging filmmakers to whom he was committed. For decades, Herman worked to nurture the creative voices of media makers of color both as Director of the Third World Newsreel Media Production Workshop and Director of the B.F.A. Film & Video Program at City College. Funny, easy going, yet working hard all the time, Herman was the person we could all depend upon as a friend and colleague -- from telling us exactly what would make our film projects better, to putting up shelves in the office, and hosting barbecues at his house in New Jersey. Herman embodied the best of Third World Newsreel and believed in the organization's mission to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers of color. All our hearts are broken by this sudden tragedy. If you have memories or photos of Herman you would like to share, we have created a page to Remembering Herman Lew for friends and family. There were three memorials for Herman, two in NY and one in Los Angeles this past fall; he impacted so many people's lives. The Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship has been established at City College to benefit outstanding BFA film students in need. To contribute, please visit the City College donation site. Also, a family trust is also being established on behalf of Kian, Cole and Galen Lew. Please contact to contribute.

James Allen Thigpen, Jr., passed Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Fondly known as Jim, he was born May 28, 1950 in Columbus. He is preceded in death by his father , James A. Thigpen, Sr. and is survived by his mother, Louise of Columbus; sister Dorothy of Brooklyn, NY; brothers Steve (Veda) of Columbus, Barry (Riccarda) of Franklin, TN, Robert (Molly) of New Albany, OH, and life companion of 38 years, Larry J. Willis of Columbus, along with a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim graduated with honors from Ohio State University, with a degree in Psychology. He resided and worked in a number of professional capacities in Columbus and New York City, and owned a computer software development business. But Jim’s longest efforts were on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Throughout New York State, he was widely recognized as an effective advocate for the principles of equal protection, justice and fairness for all. He had a great passion for the arts, the internet, Web and software development. He developed e-commerce websites and database applications for non-profit art and government entities. Colleagues and friends describe Jim as always kind, empathetic, sincere, respectful, and loyal toward every person. His kindness and compassion will live in our hearts forever. The crew at Third World Newsreel remains devastated by this loss. Jim was our beloved friend, co-worker, webmaster - in fact he designed our upgraded website; - and he was our consummate shademeister.

Laura Dottin a member of the 2010 Production Workshop, passed away October 25th, 2010, after a long illness. Laura was truly a passionate and dedicated activist starting with her involvement with C.O.R.E. as a student during the sixties. An anti-war activist, Laura was a founding member of the Black Student Union at SUNY New Paltz and worked with migrant workers in the area. Later, Laura became Vice Chairperson of Organization of Staff Analysis, a group that fought and won collective bargaining rights for workers. She also worked with organizations such as the African National Reparations Organization, Brooklyn Neighborhood Improvement Association, National Black United Front, and the Patrice Lumumba Coalition. For over a decade Laura worked with the African and Caribbean Resource Center, producing community forums and radio programs. She traveled extensively to Cuba, Grenada and Canada representing the organization. Her media work started in the 80’s with WBAI-FM where she was a volunteer and researcher for “Behind The News” and continued with her starting and co-producing, with three other colleagues, the monthly news magazine “Cuba in Focus” which still airs today. Laura also produced at WBAI the news magazine “Caribbean Perspective”. A self proclaimed “computer geek”, Laura worked professionally with computers as a manager of a computer support group. Her long involvement with video and audio started in the 80’s where she documented and recorded community activities and political struggles. Laura truly saw the interrelationship of various media, computer technology, and the internet as a means and tool for political activity. Her desire to be a storyteller and to produce documentaries that spoke to our place in the world was her motivation to be in the Production Workshop. To quote her, “I think every life is interesting and instructive – it is the storyteller who must capture the essence”. Laura's compassion and love for other people was always evident and she will be missed. A memorial was held October 31st, 2010 in Brooklyn.

Miriam 'Sa'uuda Akoma Nsoroma' Perez passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Ka'apuli, Hawaii, while on vacation. Born in Brooklyn, Miriam is survived by her loving and talented daughter, Maryam Afiya Perez, devoted friend Dorothy Thigpen, her sisters and her brothers, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends, including TWN's staff. Miriam and her daughter Afiya are part of the Third World Newsreel family. Miriam was a beloved teacher of English and Literature at Cobble Hill High School, and was one semester away from receiving her Masters of Arts in Media Studies and Film from the New School of Social Research. Miriam was also an accomplished writer, artist and documentary filmmaker, and was awarded a Development Cohort grant from the Fledgling Fund in 2009 for her current documentary project, HOLLER. Her first film Walking with FUREE, is part of Third World Newsreel's Call for Change Series and has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and many more national and international venues. Miriam was an alumna of Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Workshop. Miriam was passionate about using her artistic skills to address social justice and fairness for all. As an avid believer in the Buddhist principles of moral thought and action, Miriam was compassionate, loving, kind and generous to all and always spiritually positive in her life pursuits. Her beauty and intelligence will be missed and never forgotten by all. Memorial services were held on September 3, 2010, at The Church Of The Open Door, in Brooklyn.

Jennifer Fasulo died in a tragic accident in the summer of 2010, taking from us a committed and talented filmmaker. An esteemed alumna of the TWN Production Workshop, Jennifer was dedicated to feminism and social justice activism, a testament to her integrity and compassion. Her first video, Women’s Struggles For Freedom In Iraq (co-produced with Liz Miller), was selected for the World Social Forum Film Festival in 2003. For several years she worked as an Assistant Producer for Joy of Resistance: Multi-Cultural Feminist Radio at WBAI Community Radio in NYC. Her writing has appeared in Women's ENews, ZNet, and the radical feminist journal Rain and Thunder. Her 2009 workshop documentary, PRIMETIME: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure (with co-producer Manauvaskar Kublall) is a strikingly human and concise explanation of the subprime mortgage crisis and its disproportionate impact on families of color. The video screened at the MoMA Doc Fortnight in 2009 and is being used by many communities and classrooms today. We will miss her big smile, bright intellect, talent and great heart at Third World Newsreel.

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