Join Global Circle, American Jewish World Service’s network of young professional supporters, for an evening dedicated to films that expose human rights abuses and document the stories of courageous activists. During this tumultuous time of rising oppression, xenophobia and inequality, we will explore how both AJWS and documentary film play an integral role in amplifying the voices of local changemakers and shining a light for truth and justice.

Wednesday, November 15
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
WME Screening Room
9601 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Reception
7:15 p.m. Short Screenings and Panel Discussion with the Filmmakers
8:45 p.m. Dessert Reception


Juan Carlos González Díaz, Director of Hasta la Raíz
Hasta la Raíz (Down to the Root) is the story of three women in the Dominican Republic, where Dominicans of Haitian descent who have lived in the country for generations have been rendered stateless. Because of their parents’ origins, they are forced to deny who they are, hide their roots, are excluded from civil life and condemned to live in poverty. Part of society rejects them while another embraces and fights alongside them on a journey toward the recognition of their rights, and a proud re-encounter with their identity.

Sophia Kruz, Director and Producer of Little Stones
Little Stones is an award-winning documentary that unites the personal narratives of four women around the world using art to create positive change in their communities. From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, a hip hop star sparking dialogue around female genital mutilation in Senegal and a fashion designer fostering women’s economic empowerment in Kenya, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art.

Jeanne Hallacy, Director and Producer of Sittwe
Sittwe is a short documentary about two teenagers affected by conflict in Burma's Rakhine state, from which over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have recently fled violence and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Myanmar military. Both teens saw their homes burned down during communal violence that erupted in Sittwe in 2012. Each shares their views about the conflict, education and the possibility to mend a deeply divided society. The film was banned to premiere at the Human Rights, Human Dignity International Film Festival in Myanmar by government censors.

Moderated by
Ashley York, Content Creator and Filmmaker

$45 Ticket.* Space is limited.

Event and Global Circle Steering Committee Chair: Grady Miller

Event Host Committee: Alex Bahary, Max Barbakow, Rebecca Metter, Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford, Hannah and Ryan Skvarla, Jessica Stroik

Global Circle Steering Committee: Nicole Aaron, Zach Calig, Maya Fried, Josh Kahn, Steve Pomerantz, Patti Reich

For more information, contact Lila Glick at or 310.363.7679.

*Please note that ticket purchases are not tax deductible.

Reel Action/Real Change
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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