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 19th Annual Reel Voices Film Festival
Award-winning documentaries and speakers
Sept 2021-Aug 2022

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library 

Info: Roberta Panjwani, Reel Voices Coordinator

rpanjwani@ridgewoodlibrary.org
(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

Writing with Fire (Virtual)
2022 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary

Sunday, April 24

2:00pm (Virtual)
(2021; India; NR; 84m) 
In a male-dominated media landscape, the women journalists of India’s all-female Khabar Lahariya (“News Wave”) newspaper risk it all, including their own safety, to cover the country’s political, social, and local news from a women-powered perspective. From underground network to independent media empire—now with 10 million views on their YouTube site—they defy the odds to redefine power..


Film's Official Website

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Speaker: Yashica Dutt
Journalist/Author of Coming Out as Dalit

Battleground (Virtual)

Wednesday, May 18

7:00pm (Virtual)
 

Speaker: Director Hemal Trivedi 
(2020; US; NR; 56m) 
Battleground is an intimate look at our current political divide, as seen through the eyes of two grassroots activists in the pivot counties of the Lehigh Valley, PA. Tom Carroll is a Trump delegate, and a Tea Party Chairman. Greg Edwards is a Black pastor, and a progressive leader supported by Bernie Sanders. When their paths collide, we realize that they have much more in common than meets the eye. 


Film's Official Website

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Speaker:
Hemal Trivedi 

Director

The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel (Virtual)

Speaker:
Joseph Cahn

Director/Producer 

Wednesday, June 22

7:00pm (Virtual)
Speaker:
Joseph Cahn, Director/Producer

(2016; US; NR; 1h 44m) Forced to serve in the Nazi army despite his consternations against Hitler and his refusal to murder “enemy” soldiers, Peter Ertel would not only miraculously survive WWII, but also become a respected U.S. citizen and be regarded as “family” by his Jewish employers. The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel is an unflinching account of the life of a man who defied insurmountable odds.


Film's Official Website

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