Saturday, March 7, 2020

Delhi-based Raghu Rai is celebrated by the Academy of Fine Arts, Paris!

Raghu Rai, world-renowned photographer and supporter over the decades of our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & Development, has received a prestigious award from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. The Academy of Fine Arts Photography Award – William Klein was established in 2019, and Raghu was honored as the first recipient in November of that year. The award is in tribute to the entire career and commitment of the winner; this consecration award is endowed with 120,000 euros (approx.. US $133,000). The award ceremony was accompanied by an exhibition of Raghu’s work at the Palais de l’Institut de France from United Nations Day October 24, 2019 for one month. Below are several photographs of Raghu with the 2019 edition jury as well as videos of his work. Enjoy!


Image by Raghu Rai shown at the award ceremony

Raghu Rai center with the ceremony dignitaries 
Raghu Rai at left at the awards ceremony



Slide show of Raghu Rai's photography


Raghu acknowledging the award

Raghu addressing the audience

Saturday, January 18, 2020

News on GaIDI-WSRC's screening of "Nowhere to Call Home: The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing" - cosponsored by our UNITWIN!

Update: On January 14, 2020, award-winning Jocelyn Ford screened her film at Brandeis' WSRC with the Tibetan community. The event was sponsored by GaIDI and supported by Unbound Visual Arts and the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & Development. See the Flickr set of photos from the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKPaw3H

Photo Credit: Mei-Mei Ellerman
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Originally published as "Please join us for GaIDI-WSRC's screening of 'Nowhere to Call Home: The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing' - cosponsored by our UNITWIN!," 24 January 2018

You are invited to GaIDI's February 1st event, a screening of Nowhere to Call Home: The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing.

As announced by GaIDI (Gender and International Development Initiatives) of the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center:

Director Jocelyn Ford, an award-winning international filmmaker and journalist, will provide introductory commentary followed by a Q&A after the film.

Date: Thursday, February 1st
Place: Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, 
Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC)
515 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM 

Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village in Tibet, the film offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, recently widowed, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future. It follows the protagonist, after she flees to the capital with her six-year-old son, the only surviving heir to a Tibetan clan, as she contends with the racism Tibetans encounter. Along the way, the documentary challenges common Western stereotypes about Chinese and Tibetans, and reveals a dark side of life in a traditional village, where the saying goes, "women aren't worth a penny."

Translated into 11 languages, the verité-style documentary has garnered prestigious awards, including the NHK's prestigious 2015 Japan Foundation President's Award, a leading international award for educational documentaries, Italy's Trento Solidarity Award, and a special mention at Belgium's Millenium International Film Festival. It has also received acclaim from both Tibetans and Han Chinese in the People's Republic of China. In the US, the Nowhere to Call Home premiere sold out at the Museum of Modern Art, followed by full house screenings in San Francisco and Massachusetts. 



Poster of the film Nowhere to Call Home 

Please click on the following link to view the trailer of Nowhere to Call Home. Please spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 1st!

Sponsored by Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) of the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), and co-sponsored by the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & People-Centered Development at Boston University Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS), and by Unbound Visual Arts (UVA), Inc.