Washington, DC – The Define American Film Festival (DAFF) has confirmed that its 2018 event will include a panel dedicated to women’s empowerment and where we go from here in light of the recent #TimesUp & #MeToo movements. Paola Mendoza, filmmaker and co-founder of the Women’s March will lead a compelling conversation about the intersection of the women’s and immigrant rights movements. Mendoza will be joined by award winning human rights activists Ai-Jen Poo and Michaela Angela Davis to explore how the women’s rights movement’s rapid gain in momentum and visibility will affect marginalized communities of women including immigrant, black and native women.
Paola Mendoza – National Organizer and Artistic Director, Women’s March on Washington. Paola Mendoza was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her narrative directorial debut, Entre Nos, had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, where it was awarded Honorable Mention. Entre Nos went on to win over twenty awards at film festivals from around the world. Ms. Mendoza is in development for her second feature film A Paso de Mangles, which she will direct in Colombia. She is a Tribeca All Access, Independent Film Week and Fast Track alum. Ms. Mendoza’s novel, The Ones Who Don’t Stay, was published by Penguin Books in 2013. Follow Paola on Twitter @paolamendoza
Ai-jen Poo – Ai-jen Poo is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Co-Director of Caring Across Generations. She is an award-winning activist, thought leader, and social innovator, and a leading voice in domestic workers’ rights and family care advocacy.Awards include recognition as a 2014 MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, as well as Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list that same year. In 2015 she was recognized as one of Fortune.com’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 lists in 2015 and 2016. She is author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Follow Ai-jen on Twitter @aijenpoo
Michael Angela Davis – Michaela Angela Davis is an Image Activist, writer, creative director & cultural commentator. She is the creator of Mad Free, a service and platform for producing creative content, curating culture and connecting community. She’s been honored by the NAACP, UNCF, The City of NY, and others, for her work expanding the narrow and often inaccurate narratives of women of color in mainstream media. She was the only Executive Fashion, Beauty & Culture Editor at Essence, the first Fashion Director at Vibe and the last Editor-in-Chief at Honey magazines. She has written widely about gender, race, fashion, culture, beauty & identity. Follow Michaela on Twitter at @MichaelaAngelaD.
About Define American
Define American is the nation’s leading non-profit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. Through event curation, media consulting and creation, and grassroots organizing, Define American jumpstarts widespread culture change around citizenship, race and identity in a changing America. It was founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. For more information, visit defineamerican.com.
About the Define American Film Festival
After seeing the impact of its award-winning pro Documented (CNN) and White People (MTV), Define American launched DAFF in 2016 amid growing anti-immigrant sentiment and debate over American values during the Iowa caucuses. Since then, DAFF has visited a new city every year, including Des Moines and Charlotte just last year. DAFF uniquely brings together journalists and experts in film and activism. DAFF is proud to have sold out 100% of its screenings, and accumulated more than a half-million views of streamed panel discussions, and over 9 million collective impressions across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. www.defineamerican.com/filmfest