About the director

Joanne Hershfield

I graduated from the Stanford University film program and have been producing documentary films for thirty years. I also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was Director of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

My films are in the permanent collections of over five hundred universities and libraries in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Australia.

Recent films distributed nationally and internationally include Benevolence, a Journey From Prison to Home, the story of five formerly incarcerated women who move onto a working rural farm in North Carolina;  Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush, the story of Charlotte O’Neal, a former member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party, a poet, musician, artist, and community activist, who has lived for over forty years as an “urban warrior in the African Bush” in the Tanzanian village of Imbaseni; These Are Our Children, a one-hour documentary film that reveals how the devastating effects of poverty, HIV/AIDs, and violence on Kenyan children are successfully being reduced through local grassroots interventions; Men Are Human, Women are Buffalo, a film about violence against women in Thailand.

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