60 feature, short and documentary films from 30 countries
Expert panels on film industry and social issues
Women directed films on the forefront
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2019 (SRFF 2019) unveiled its SRFF 2019 Official Selection in the presence of a group of film critics and journalists at Pisticci Restaurant. The festival’s Sixth season brings international and local films, industry workshops and panels, and other events dedicated to social issues to New York. SRFF 2019 will be held from March 15 to 21, 2019 at Cinema Village and neighboring venues. $6 early bird tickets and $100 all-access passes are available now in limited quantities until full price tickets kick-in on February 28.
The Official Selection to be screened in the heart of Greenwich Village covers a diverse mix of seven narrative features, 14 documentaries, close to 40 shorts, and more. There will also be a script-writing contest with readings from finalist scripts. The films represent 30 countries. Visit www.ratedsrfilms.org for full slate and film details. The schedule will be published soon.
The selected narrative feature films are:
• A Thousand Pieces by Véronique Mériadec (France)
• Coming Home by Daria Shumakova (Russian Federation, Armenia)
• Big Earth (Hotel California) by Patrick Merz, Benno Gut (Germany)
• Doing Money by Lynsey Miller (UK)
• I’m Not Blond by Hassan Hamza (France)
• Yeva by Anahid Abad (Iran, Armenia)
• The Merger by Mark Grentell (Australia)
Highlights from the selected documentary features (full list on website) include:
• Backlash (Switzerland)
• Danseur (USA)
• It will Be Chaos (USA, Italy)
• Monument of Pride (The Netherlands)
• Piripkura (Brazil)
• Seeing is Believing: Women Direct (USA)
Themes for selected short film groupings include:
• Across the Border, Capital Punishment, Drug Addiction, Freedom, Health in Life and Death, Pollution and the Environment, Women and Choice
Monday March 18, features a Spotlight Screening of the documentary film by Thierry Michel on 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege and his work. The film is called The Man Who Mends Women and depicts the life of the doctor who risks his life helping women victims of rape in the 20-year war and conflict in DR Congo. The film is followed by a panel discussing the UN SDG’s specifically on women in collaboration with the UN.
ABOUT SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NY
SR Socially Relevant ™ Film Festival New York is a 501(c)3 non-profit film festival founded by actress Nora Armani. The Mission of the SR Film Festival is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant™, human interest stories, across a broad range of social issues. The festival was created as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling in media and entertainment. SR™ believes in the power of cinema in raising awareness towards social issues and promoting positive social change. During its first five years, the festival showcased 287 films from 35 countries. Submissions are received from all over the world.