Founded in 1968, Third World Newsreel has been producing social justice media including the first films about the Black Panthers and the Young Lords and the iconic Audre Lorde documentary, A Litany for Survival. For decades we have been working to help grow the next generation of socially conscious BIPOC filmmakers. Help us to continue this work! Please consider making your tax deductible donation to Third World Newsreel.

Donate $75 or more and receive a T-shirt with our vintage Newsreel logo!
Surviving on the Inside
Our Sisters Speak and the film Inside Women Inside

Join us for a special screening of the powerful 1978 documentary Inside Women Inside, followed by a community event where women surviving incarceration will share their powerful resistance to the gender and sexual violence of this punishment system through testimony, poetry, and art. This event is a collaboration between Third World Newsreel, the Connecticut Bail Fund, Survived & Punished NY, and Life In My Days and is co-presented by the Documentary Forum at CCNY.

Inside Women Inside will stream for free from December 1-3, before the virtual talk on December 3 at 6 PM. Please RSVP to receive the film link, additional materials from the organizers, and the link to the Zoom webinar. There will be live Spanish and ASL interpretation.
Are you an aspiring BIPOC filmmaker with a commitment to social change?
TWN is looking for you!

Now in its 44th year, the TWN Production Workshop is gearing up for 2021. Join the ranks of TWN graduates—including Oscar-nominees, Emmy-winners and activists filmmakers that aim to make change—Jamal Joseph, Renee Tajima-Peña, Yance Ford, Byron Hurt, Grace Lee, Randy Redroad, Daresha Kyi and more. 2020's cohort met virtually, we expect 2021 to be a 6-month hybrid training experience. The application will be available on our website mid December, the application is due January 22, 2021, and the course will start in March. For FAQs, visit www.twn.org, or email workshop@twn.org.
In a Perfect World...
Available on Vimeo-on-Demand

IN A PERFECT WORLD… explores all the requisite dynamics of what it is to be a man raised by a single mother. The inspiration for the film came from the director's own relationship with her son who has a largely absentee father.
Over the course of several years, independent filmmaker and producer Daphne McWilliams began interviewing men about the relationships they had with their mothers and, to varying degrees, their absentee fathers.
Senior Films Series
Available on YouTube

Short films include A Pandemic Drawing Project, Stay Home DIY, Our Piano Teacher During the Pandemic, My Lovely Furkids, Gone with COVID-19, Isabella Self-Quarantine Life and How We Stay Strong

From April to June 2020, a dozen senior filmmakers learned about film theory, film scripting, and were taught to film and edit on their phones. Originally planned as an in-person workshop held at the Flushing Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center, this workshop transformed to a virtual course taught on Zoom as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. The seniors made the pandemic the theme of their videos, testaments to their filmmaking abilities and to their strength and willingness to share their fears and sorrows.

This Su-Casa program, presented by Third World Newsreel in collaboration with the Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center, was taught in Mandarin by filmmaker and teaching artist Yung-Jen Yang, and was made possible in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with public funds from the NY City Council, with special thanks to Council member Peter Koo.
From fundraising to editing, cameras, and lighting, to talks about the making of films, we have videos to keep you learning your craft and hearing about filmmakers' experiencesfree virtual training.
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Third World Newsreel (TWN) is a media arts non-profit organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues. Watch our new short and hear from JT Takagi, Executive Director, Bev Grant, Newsreel filmmaker, Desi del Valle, former staff and TWN Workshop Fellow, and Kazembe Balagun, TWN Workshop Fellow, about Third World Newsreel's history, current work, and vision for the future. Thanks to Pablo Arribas of LaVitrola.cl for the interview and trailer and the TWN family for their support!

Read Third World Newsreel's updated monograph with articles about our history and films.
TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the Peace Development Fund, as well as individual donors.

TWN also gratefully acknowledges support from an NEA CARES grant, the NY Community Trust, and a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in our programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.