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"Dancing Through Gardens" - An Art Film Screening w/ the Director, 11/15
Free and open to the public, but valid ID is required. Doors open: 7pm. Film start: 7.30 pm In presence of the filmmakers Oxana Chi & Layla Zami. Director Statement: A unique dancing HERstory produced by the artist duo Oxana Chi & Layla Zami. This thought-provoking and breath-taking movie is writing the missing pages of history books... It stands for all the other biographies of women whose art and culture strongly contributed to the culture we know today, but who have been forgotten or have not been officially acknowledged yet. "Dancing Through Gardens" embraces the flexible standpoint of contemporary dance to stretch connections between remembering the past and moving towards the future. A moving and inspiring tale about women's struggle and survival through the power of dance. In the 1920s/30s, Chinese-Jewish-Russian dancer and muse Tatjana Barbakoff inspired the whole European dance and visual art scene. Today, she is revived on stage and on screen by artist Oxana Chi, an icon of the contemporary Berlin off-scene. The film dives into the fascinating biography of legendary Tatjana Barbakoff... and reveals its connections to the 21st century story of Oxana Chi. An epic documentary with unseen archival footage, inspiring fiction scenes, electrifying music and breathtaking dance moments, playing in France, Indonesia and Germany. An urgently needed new perspective on the links between past and present topics of migration, equal rights, and empowerment through art. Pizza, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. OXANA CHI is an award-winning filmmaker, performing artist and curator. Born in Germany, she is based in NYC since 2015 and was a[masked] Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center. She has won many prizes and grants including Berlin City Council for the Arts, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, LGBT Fonds Elledorado, Gerda-Weiler-Stiftung für feministische Forschung and Fonds Darstellender Künste. Together with Dr. Zami she has performed, presented and screened work at international venues, festivals, and universities such as NYU Tisch School, Rutgers University, University of Toronto, Bielefeld University, Humboldt-University Berlin, Technical University Berlin, New Delhi NCUI Auditorium and Convention Centre. For this movie, Oxana Chi received the Gold Award "Filmmaker of Inspiration" (DOSHIMA 2016) and has been crowned as Ambassador of Peace by the Indonesian government and royal family. Dr. LAYLA ZAMI is an artist and scholar working with video, music, photo, and words. She holds a PhD from Humboldt-University Berlin and an M.A. from the Paris School of International Affairs Sciences Po. Former Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University, she received several awards including a Fellowship from the German Federal Ministry of Education Talents Program, and the French Prize "Envie d'Agir" for Dancing Through Gardens, and the Stiftung Zurückgeben Award for Jewish Women in Arts and Sciences. Layla Zami is a[masked] Visiting Scholar at Pratt Institute, with research, teaching and advising duties in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies. She also serves as Board Member and Assistant Producer at the International Human Rights Art Festival in New York City. Interview w/ the Director, Layla Zami, about the film: About Tatjana Barbakoff:

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"Freedom is not a gift from heaven... we must fight for it every day!" ~ Simon Wiesenthal

Few people in the developed nations have a grasp of the magnitude of human trafficking. Fewer still take action. Welcome to Fight Slavery Now! Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

We are an all volunteer grass-roots organization of regular folks like yourself. Most of us initially knew little about this subject, or else believed that incidents were few and far away. But when we learned the truth, we knew we had to try to do something about it. We used to come together seeking a course of action. Though we are diverse in our backgrounds, outlooks and ages... we have become united in our outrage.

Founded at the end of 2008, we are still a fledgling group. This is a very exciting time to become involved as we are actively seeking new ideas and approaches as we continue to learn. Your participation will be highly valued. Additionally we are encouraged that the political climate has become somewhat more receptive, both locally and on the international stage, to addressing this debasing crime.

The sex trafficking industry overwhelmingly preys on young women and children. The slave labor markets rely on a ready supply of men and women fleeing desperate circumstance. Threats, trickery and false promises are the essential tools used by traffickers. Once under their control, victims find only abuse, humiliation, and endless exploitation. This is the face of modern-day slavery.

Because of its low visibility, too little is being done to combat this crime. Reliable statistics are scarce, but estimates run as high as 27 million people currently in some form of slave bondage. Not all trafficking is across borders. Many people are trafficked right here within the United States. Specific laws against Trafficking in Persons were formulated only in this decade, and in New York State only in 2007.

Meet other local people who are interested in the fight against modern-day slavery. Discuss how we can best educate ourselves and others, what actions individual citizens can take, and how we can join with others to end this abuse flourishing in our midst.

This movement needs all the help and all the talent it can muster. We need speakers and writers, doers and dreamers. We need wit and reason, passion and caring. People wise in the ways of politics. People with business savvy. People with organizing skills. We need artists and singers, poets and preachers. We need everyone who cares, all the men, women, and children who are willing to work to end slavery in our generation. We need YOU!

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