Women’s Island Film Screening by Leyla Assaf-Tengroth
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT invite you to the screening of “Kvinnorna’s O” on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
6 p.m. – Reception
7 p.m. – Screening followed by a Q&A session with Director, Leyla Assaf-Tengroth, moderated by Jacqueline Reich, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University.
The screening is supported by the Consulate General of Sweden and the Consulate General of Lebanon in New York.
Twenty-five years ago filmmaker Leyla Assaf-Tengroth made the internationally acclaimed documentary "Our God is a Woman," which depicted a matriarchal society in the Bijagos Islands of West Africa. Now she returns to the islands and finds that much has changed. The modern world has finally intruded on this corner of the world. But women still have the last word.
Leyla Assaf-Tengroth is an award winning Swedish reporter and film director. She holds advanced degrees from the College of Arts and Design (KonstFack) and the Institute of Communications and Public Relations (IHR), in Stockholm, Sweden. Through her production company, Cadmos Film, Tengroth works closely with The Swedish Film Institute and SVT (The Swedish Television), among others. Her films have been shown across the globe at international festivals and televised all over Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. Tengroth’s films are featured in the Harvard University Library Virtual Collection, Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University’s film libraries. Notable documentaries include “In the Name of God,” which takes the viewer to the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, one of the few places offering medical care to victims of infibulation. Tengroth’s documentary “Two Dollars With or Without a Condom,” chronicles the lives of young Ethiopian girls who have turned to prostitution amidst the AIDS epidemic. Her 1986 documentary, “AIDS and HIV in Africa,” is one of the first reports on the AIDS virus. In all her movies, Tengroth attempts to unearth social issues that are universal to mankind regardless of culture or religion.