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Film / FESTIVALS — FANTASIA 2015 — More Films Announced! 7/14-8/4/15 *MONTREAL

This Year’s Festival gets BETTER and BETTER!



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Fantasia’s complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed on July 7th. To tide you over until then, we’re thrilled to announce an incredible Second Wave of titles!


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Coming immediately after his OUTRAGE saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere

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Fantasia will be presenting a special screening of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s stylish adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller DARK PLACES, which reunites Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult following their appearance together in a certain innocuous Australian road movie. The film’s impressive cast also features Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Tye Sheridan.

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The directorial debut of Sonny Mallhi, producer of such singular horror works as THE STRANGERS and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR. ANGUISH is a frightening and emotionally resonant film that offers supernatural explanations for debilitating adolescent mental illness, featuring a powerhouse lead performance by Ryan Simpkins (A SINGLE MAN). World Premiere

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David Keating burst onto the international genre cinema scene with his chilling 2010 occult horror film WAKEWOOD.  Now, he’s returned, re-teaming with screenwriter Brendan McCarthy (who, as a producer, was also behind LET US PREY and this year’s Sundance hit THE HALLOW) to deliver a demonic tale of desperate good intentions gone horribly, horribly bad. World Premiere.

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It’s been a long wait, but the dark god of hard-edged Hong Kong cinema is back. Alongside John Woo and Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam was key in defining the spirit of HK film in the late ’80s. Now, after a near-decade hiatus from feature filmmaking, he’s ready to show the world once again what happens when high-octane action and a hard-knock social conscience collide.  Canadian Premiere.

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The long awaited solo feature debut from Jacob Gentry, co-director of THE SIGNAL, SYNCHRONICITY is, in a word, brilliant. Chad Mcknight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis and Michael Ironside star in this individualistic and astonishing sci-fi Noir about a physicist who folds time, traveling into the past to prevent the theft of his invention.  World Premiere.

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A freshly unemployed worker from an asset management firm creates a website on the dark web, designed to appeal specifically to the financially obliterated. “Better than suicide”, it promises. “Trading.” One of the most blackly subversive social satires to antagonize the screen in years, TRADERS is smart, violent, empathetic and angry. The feature debut of Irish filmmaking team Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, starring Killian Scott (CALVARY), John Bradley  (GAME OF THRONES), Nika McGuigan (PHILOMENA) and Barry Keoghan (’71).  International Premiere

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A captivating medieval fantasy from Denmark, directed by Kenneth Kainz (PARTERAPI) and scripted by the great Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM’S APPLES, BROTHERS, AFTER THE WEDDING), THE SHAMER’S DAUGHTER tells the tale of a young girl who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability to make people ashamed of themselves by staring into their souls.  International Premiere

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Directed by newcomer Victor Zarcoff and produced by the team behind the acclaimed FUNERAL KINGS (Fantasia 2010), this study in terror brings REAR WINDOW to the digital era. A young couple slowly fall apart, unbeknownst that their creepy landlord is scrupulously watching them through hidden surveillance cameras. Wonderfully acted by a cast straight out of a Tobe Hooper film, this domestic nightmare builds suffocating tension by exposing the fragility of our intimacy in today’s world.

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Chad Archibald and the talented team behind such Canadian horror breakouts at THE DROWNSMAN, ANTI-SOCIAL, SEPTIC MAN, and EJECTA are back with a brand new monster, a lot of flair, and a heck of a strong cringe factor. Join us for the World Premiere of this thrilling new film from some of Canada’s most striking new genre talent.


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Fantasia is proud to be showcasing the world premiere of KIDNAPPED director Miguel Angel Vivas’ English language debut EXTINCTION, an atmospheric and visceral post-apocalyptic monster movie that will blow audiences through the back of the theatre. EXTINCTION is co-scripted by Vivas and Alberto Marini (SLEEP TIGHT) and stars Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan – and some of the most astonishing prosthetic creature make-ups the screen has seen in years.

In addition to EXTINCTION (and the previously announced stop-motion feature POSSESSED), Fantasia will be screening the following Spanish productions:

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Spain  Dir: Alberto Rodriguez

A riveting period Neo-Noir police procedural thriller from the director of UNIT 7, winner of no fewer than 10 Goya Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.  Quebec Premiere.

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Spain  Dir: Javier Fesser

Spain’s cult superspy parody comic book explodes into life as a big budget blitzkrieg of slapstick 3D animation that won Goya Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay.  North American Premiere

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Spain  Dir: Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andrés

Macarena Gómez gives a riveting performance in this horrific and haunting psychodrama produced by Álex de la Iglesia that’s deservedly become a major hit on the international festival circuit.  Quebec Premiere.

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Spain  Dir: Santiago Segura

The completely insane fifth entry in Segura’s blockbuster franchise. TORRENTE: MISSION EUROVEGAS co-stars Alex Baldwin and had the largest Spanish theatrical opening in all of 2014 when it was released last October. An excruciatingly funny film, packed with absurd setpieces and a rogues gallery of familiar faces.  North American Premiere.


Buckle up as Fantasia Underground’s Year Two lineup reaches across the world to bring you eclectic and uncompromising new independent visions from France, Japan, Nigeria, Uganda and the USA.

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Japan  Dir: Lisa Takeba

One day, as Haruko is  zapping, her television unexpectedly transforms into a beautiful, shirtless, TV-headed stud! Welcome to HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY, a personal and inventive vision signaling Takeba as Japan’s new Queen of Quirk. Official Selection: Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Yubari. Canadian Premiere.

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France  Dir : Nathan Ambrosioni

One of the most talked about horror works at the Cannes Film Market this year, HOSTILE marks the impressive debut of 14 year old director Nathan Ambrosioni. A TV show host answers the call of a mother terrified of her two adopted daughters. What starts with the familiar slowly builds into a poignant horror tale. International Premiere.

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Nigeria  Dir: C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi

OJUJU is a fascinating and well-staged transposition of the flesh-eating Zombie Film, bringing the living dead to Nigeria’s slums following what initially appears to be rabid river blindness due to a contaminated water supply. Winner for Best Nigerian film at the Africa International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

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USA  Dir: Kevin Cline, Zach Harris, and Sean Pierce

Don’t let the quirky title fool you, this is a visceral, heartfelt and violently confrontational slice of urban hell and personal apocalypse, detailing a young man’s breakdown over the course of a single terrible night in one of America’s most segregated cities. Think a socially conscious FALLING DOWN by way of COMBAT SHOCK. World Premiere.

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“Expect the Unexpectable!” Get ready for WAKALIWOOD – DIY COMMANDO CINEMA FROM UGANDA, as Fantasia proudly presents the film sensation WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? UGANDA’S FIRST ACTION MOVIE plus a fully loaded arsenal of Wakaliwood trailers, clips from never-before-seen new films, and a live Skype to Uganda with prolific DIY director/writer/editor/producer Nabwana IGG and his superstar crew of kung fu masters, cannibals, and supa commandos!

A viral explosion – “Wakaliwood” is the nickname for Wakaliga, the slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, where Nabwana IGG and his self-taught DIY team make wild action-packed movies with home-made equipment and the commando spirit. Totally off the grid, Wakaliwood is the last true cinematic Wild West and has taken the internet by storm. Fantasia proudly presents the first ever Wakaliwood festival screening – come experience “the best of the best movies” live!

Curated and hosted by journalist and Blue Sunshine Co-Founder David Bertrand – who recently returned from Uganda, having flown there to go on a location shoot with the Wakaliwood crew and perform in a film with them, the first outsider – let alone the first Canadian – to do so.

Note that Fantasia’s exploration of emerging African Fantastica doesn’t end with our screenings of  WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX and OJUJU. Also worthy of major attention is our previously announced selection of Ethiopia’s surrealist Sci-Fi oddity CRUMBS, which will be shown in our Camera Lucida section.

Additional 2nd Wave Titles:

USA  Dir: Jordan Galland

Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon, now it’s time to get it back in this horror farce from the creator of Fantasia favorite Alter Egos. Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere

Norway  Dir: Hallvard Bræin

Roy is mad about cars and is soon challenged in an illegal race across the length of Norway. Fasten your seatbelts (well, it’s the law!) for an old-fashioned action-packed car race flick, faster than Cannonball Run and funnier than Smokey and the Bandit!  North American Premiere

Denmark  Dir: Jeppe Rønde

Teenage Sara arrives with her single father to a small village in the Welsh valley of Bridgend County, which is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants. She falls dangerously in love with one of the troubled boys while her dad as the new town policeman tries to solve the mystery. This powerful, shattering film (a recent Tribeca Film Festival award winner) is based on true events.  Canadian Premiere

Finland  Dir: Joonas Makkonen

You’ve surely seen the jaw-dropping trailer by now, or at the least, heard a breathless account of it. Nothing can prepare for the lunacy of the actual film. Oh, Finland.  North American Premiere.

USA  Dir: Jon Watts

A pair of kids stumble across an unoccupied cop car, hop in and take it on a joyride across town, setting in motion a tense game of cat and mouse between them and a particularly corrupt and distinctly homicidal police officer (Kevin Bacon). Official Selection Sundance, Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere

South Korea  Dir: Park Hye-mi

A tough, empathic little marvel of science-fantasy without illusions, simple yet satisfyingly solid in its design and execution, CRIMSON WHALE marks Park Hye-mi as an important new talent in Korean animation.  Canadian premiere.

France  Dir : Eric Cherrière

For years, timid Pierre Tardieu has been brutally slaughtering men and women without ever getting caught. The time to obtain his long due recognition has come. Crime novelist Eric Cherrière takes us on a dark journey into the disturbed mind of a serial killer.  Canadian Premiere.

USA  Dir: Douglas Schulze

In this visually stunning, dialogue-free, experimental thriller set on Michigan’s wintry frozen Great Lakes, a brutish serial killer imprisons his still-living latest victim in the watery depths. Thus begins a uniquely chilling story of survival and shocking revelation. This accomplished experiment in narrative storytelling tears every convention apart. You haven’t seen anything like it. Co-Starring Veronica Cartwright.  World Premiere

USA  Dir : Tim Kirk

A new lesson in cinephilia eccentricity brought to you by the team behind ROOM 237 and THE NIGHTMARE. While recording a commentary track, the director and the screenwriter of a forgotten – but authentic – Frankenstein movie recall a tragedy that occurred on set, a brutal crime that continues to terrify its witnesses decades after the fact.  International Premiere.

Germany Dir: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, and Andreas Marschall

Three of German Cinema’s most ferocious underground talents have united to assault the screen with a deathly triptych of tales set against the evolving backdrop of Berlin. Featuring Jörg Buttgereit’s return to narrative filmmaking after a 22-year hiatus. Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival.  North American Premiere.

USA / Argentina  Dir : Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

Two women sharing the same name see their lives change for the worse when a strange occurrence seems to affect a small city. Both disturbing and poetic, H. is an imaginative tour de force that left a strong impression at Sundance and Berlin this year.  Canadian Premiere.

UK  Dir: Corin Hardy

A family who moves into a remote millhouse in Ireland unwittingly enter a fight for survival with pale-skinned demonic entities living in the foreboding woods. Superb practical monster FX buoys this intensely scary film, perhaps the best creature feature out of the UK since THE DESCENT.  Official Selection: Sundance, Seattle International Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere

Canada  Dir: Jason Krawczyk

Punk icon / author / spoken-word master Henry Rollins stars as a mild-mannered reluctant cannibal who tries to keep to himself yet ends up targeted by the mob. Co-starring Kate Greenhouse (a Fantasia award-winner for THE DARK HOURS).  Official Selection: SXSW.  International Premiere.

USA  Dir: Karyn Kusama

One of the smartest, scariest and most engrossing genre films in recent years, THE INVITATION is a masterpiece of ingeniously calculated, character-driven horror storytelling. Karyn Kusama is back, and she’s never been better. Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere.

Japan  Dir: Masayuki Ochiai

Directly following last year’s JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, this harrowing conclusion of Director Masayuki Ochiai’s reboot of J-Horror’s most beloved franchise generously brings all the goodies expected from fans. Prepare to squirm, screech and shudder because Toshio and Kayoko are determined to finish business with panache.  International Premiere

USA  Dir: J. Davis

Two mismatched brothers tour Hollywood’s notorious Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man and the other is devoted to The Family (yeah, that one!). When the bickering duo takes an eventful road trip, get ready for a hilarious (and kinda creepy!) “Odd Couple meets Helter Skelter” movie, produced by indie faves the Duplass Brothers. Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere

Sweden  Dir: Alain Darborg

In this action/heist/revenge comedy, Charles Ingvar Jönsson (a character popular in Swedish films since the early ’80s) gathers three seemingly incompatible criminals to take vengeance upon the slippery creeps who killed his beloved uncle.  North American Premiere.

UK  Dir: Roger Graef and James Rogan

This love letter to Python fans goes behind the scenes of last summer’s record-setting live reunion and final tour of the Beatles of Comedy. Interviews all the surviving Pythons and special friends, plus charts the group’s history on stage. Dead parrot included! Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs.  Quebec Premiere

Japan  Dir: Sebastian Masuda

Sanrio’s 1979 stop-motion holiday movie, remixed, revamped, and rebooted by Sebastian Masuda, Harajuku’s “Godfather of kawaii.” A deliciously psychedelic pop-art phantasmagoria of super-sweet, candy-coloured cool.  North American premiere.

South Korea  Dir: Hur Bum-wook

A brooding existential nightmare unfolding within a densely detailed landscape of surreal biological monstrosity, animator Hur Bum-wook’s award-winning debut feature is an intense and troubling tale of violence and vulnerability, hope and despair.  Canadian premiere.

Turkey/Germany  Dir: Cem Kaya

Turkey in the 1960s-’70s churned out more movies than possibly any other country, often without a single page of original material! Get ready for bizarro Turkish knockoffs of E.T., Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman, Star Trek and more, informatively chronicled in this thorough and uproarious documentary. Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival.  North American Premiere

South Korea  Dir: Lee Won-suk

A potent period drama embroidered with wit and wise insights, THE ROYAL TAILOR has its high-spirited mirth and heartbreaking tragedy sewn together masterfully. A great script, a great cast — and a truly wondrous array of magnificent garments! Official Selection: Udine, NYAFF.  Canadian premiere.

Mexico/USA  Dir: Adrián García Bogliano

The director of LATE PHASES, HERE COMES THE DEVIL and COLD SWEAT is back, re-teaming with Francisco Barreiro to deliver a savage black comedy / thriller that will leave audiences breathless. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Stanley Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere.

South Korea   Dir: Hong Seok-jae

Social media has scary consequences for two police-tech students and an Internet troll in this masterfully executed first feature film by Hong Seok-jae. Filled with stunning twists and keenly constructed characters, SOCIALPHOBIA ranks among the best independent Korean films in recent years. Winner of the NETPAC and DGK Awards at the Busan Film Festival.  Quebec Premiere

USA  Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick and Noah Segan star in a bloody tale of a bullied teen sentenced to a juvenile delinquent camp that happens to be haunted by the murderous spirit of a victim of bullying. Official Selection: Stanley Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere.

Canada  Dir: Larry Kent

Director Larry Kent (THE BITTER ASH, HIGH, THE HAMSTER CAGE), Canada’s first underground filmmaker, has been making uncompromising works for 52-years. Now, he has made his first full-on horror film, a harrowing tale of organizers of a Planned Parenthood clinic under violent attack by fanatical evangelists.  World Premiere.

UK  Dir: Dominic Brunt

Two financially struggling independent businesswomen fall prey to a brutal money lender in this hard-hitting, vicious and socially conscious thriller that balances gripping drama and ferocious shock value to powerful effect. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Official Selection: Leeds Film Festival.  International Premiere

Austria  Dir: David Rühm

In 1930s Vienna, an infamous vampire count turns to none other than noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud to help him deal with various romantic entanglements. This delightful and sumptuously produced horror comedy evokes the Hammer Gothics of yore and Polanski’s classic Fearless Vampire Killers. A must for old-school fangbangers! Official Selection: Zurich Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere

USA  Dir: Ted Geoghegan

Ted Geoghegan’s super acclaimed directorial debut is finally coming to Canada. WE ARE STILL HERE stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie, features stunning visuals by Karim Hussain and is infused with the spirit of ’80s Lucio Fulci. What’s not to love? Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere.

Japan   Dir: Daigo Matsui

With films like SWEET POOLSIDE, director Daigo Matsui proved himself a leading voice in coming-of-age films with lucid and accurate portrayals of Japanese youth and a taste for bizarre creativity. So when he steers his gaze to social media’s impact on two serial bloggers, expect to be disturbed, moved and amazed. Selected in Generation 14+ Section at Berlinale.  Canadian Premiere

Fantasia’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 7.

The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival is presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay Entertainment. A leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, Ubisoft has been a key sponsor of the Fantasia Film Festival since 2003. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a popular home entertainment and production company celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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WE RECOMMEND   &  Support:

Women Beyond Survival (, which helps women and children build better lives in conflict or post-conflict societies

Rebuilding and Revitalizing Communities Ravaged by Warfare

A Note from the President & Founder of  Women  Beyond   Survival:

(Safiyya) Marcia Sarkin

The early years of the 21st century offer us much opportunity to shape the future of the world in unprecedented ways. The last century, despite its many advances, has made us aware of the devastation that we are capable of inflicting on each other. There is much to be thankful for and there is hope and considerable resources available to affect the life circumstances of women. It is this backdrop in which Women Beyond Survival (WBS) was founded with a commitment to providing a global resource to women in war-torn and post-conflict societies.

WBS reaffirms the fundamental principle set forth in the Vienna Declaration and Program Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights, that the human rights of the woman and the girl child are an inalienable and indivisible part of universal human rights. In the course of conflict, WBS will work with its partners and networks to provide women and children with basic elements of human security. In post-conflict environment, WBS contributes to supporting the redevelopment of affected regions by providing resources to women to participate fully in community renewal and redevelopment, including opportunities for literacy and knowledge based on human rights perspective, and workforce and survival skills training.

WBS recognizes wide evidence of discrimination and violence against girls at the earliest stages of life that continue unabated throughout their lives. They often have less access to nutrition, physical and mental health care and education and enjoy fewer rights, opportunity and benefits of childhood and adolescence than do boys. They are often subjected to various forms of sexual and economic exploitation.

WBS recognizes that the girl child of today is the woman of tomorrow.
The skills, ideas and energy of the girl child are vital for full attainment of the goals of equality, development and peace. For the girl child to develop her full potential she needs to be nurtured in an enabling environment, where her spiritual, intellectual, and material needs for survival, protection and development are met and her equal rights safeguarded.

Women Beyond Survival         WBS (A 501c3 non profit organization)
Seeks to help women and children build better lives in conflict and post-conflict societies.

WBS recognizes that women play vital roles as caregivers, laborers, activists, and intellectuals in communities around the globe. WBS also recognizes that all too often women are made the victims of abuse, sexual violence, and gender discrimination and that such injustice frequently prevents women from attaining the respect they deserve and fulfilling their potential as active contributing members of society. Recent global conflicts have shown that warfare and violence disproportionately affect women and tend to exacerbate their victimization and marginalization.


Based upon the principles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, we strive to give women a better tomorrow and a brighter future that is free of violence and discrimination. WBS is a nongovernmental nonprofit global humanitarian organization that seeks to prevent and eliminate violence against women, children and adolescents in areas affected by conflict or war. Our programs provide security, medical and psychological care, medicines and health supplies, social services and education to support and strengthen the critical role that women play in rebuilding and revitalizing communities ravaged by warfare.


WBS seeks to help women in areas affected by war and violence to rebuild their lives and promotes a society that respects, protects, and widely includes women. Our work is organized under the following goals:

Ensuring Security

WBS works with international and local agencies to provide shelter to women and children displaced or fleeing war and conflict. It considers safety, collective and individual security, protection, and safe access to food, water, and firewood as a fundamental right and basic need for recovery. WBS offers training programs on self-protection and survival skills which are particularly critical in war and conflict zones.

Educating the Child on the Human Rights Perspective

WBS believes that the education of the girl child as well the boy child is a crucial element in affecting societal growth and attitudinal change towards the girl child. Helping to bridge the gap towards gender disparity, WBS works with parents, educators, religious and tribal leaders in rearing the boy child to have greater respect for girls and women. WBS will also work with government, local agencies, educators and other members of civil society to establish schools in the United States and other parts of the world.

Providing Health Resources

WBS partners with national, local government officials, international agencies, and other civil society organizations to bring health experts, physicians, psychological counselors, physical therapists, and other professionals to conflict zones to help treat the disabled. WBS facilitates the delivery of materials and in-kind donations to establish and implement health-related policies and infrastructure investments. Doctors and health care professionals travel from around the world to assist and train medical professionals in developing nations. HIV/AIDS rapid testing, counseling, and ongoing care will be made available to refugee camps, IDP camps, and other remote areas. WBS will also supply ARVs, nutritional packets, and clean drinking water to those living with HIV/AIDS. WBS deploys medical professionals into conflict regions to provide immediate counseling and testing to rape victims.

Rehabilitating and Repatriating into Families and Communities

WBS seeks to protect victims of rape, disabilities, HIV/AIDS and other diseases and their dignity as human beings. WBS and its trained psychologist/psychiatrist partners work to provide psychological counseling, education and outreach to families, community leaders, civil society, tribal and religious leaders. Administered in local languages, these programs will be initiated in the various areas where the victims had once resided and were once able to call home. WBS will ensure the safety of these victims even before they are repatriated into their society. WBS will aim to avoid further trauma, and decrease additional harm or deaths.

Addressing the Needs of Orphans

Conflicts around the world have produced orphans in staggering numbers. In order for an orphan to have a normal childhood he/she must be given proper shelter, food, clean drinking water, clothing, access to education and health care, as well as emotional, psychological, medical and physical needs. WBS works with existing orphanages and helps with the building or the conversion of facilities to increase the services available, hiring professional personnel, as well as incorporating health care and educational facilities as an all inclusive community. These efforts are accomplished through the combined effort of WBS, local governments, civil society, religious, tribal, community organizations and donor nations to ensure that these orphans are not subjected to human trafficking, armed conflict, gangs, forced conscription into militias, drugs and sexual exploitation.

Developing Skills for Sustainability

WBS empowers women and gives them the skills necessary to survive in post-conflict societies. It achieves this through assessing specific skills that each woman possesses and seeks to capitalize on them through the availability of microfinance. This will enable her to access financial avenues to insure the support of her family. Additional financial resources will enable the family to send the girl child to school, preventing her from staying at home.

Empowering Personal Growth and Leadership

WBS aims to give women affected by conflict the tools to voice and pursue their dreams. It seeks to give women a right to self determination through education, training, and psychological care.  To achieve this goal, WBS sponsors activities that offer women the opportunity to express their thoughts, beliefs, and dreams in various artistic, intellectual, and professional areas, such as public speaking, journalism, literary publication, the performing arts, legal and scientific fields. WBS trains women not only to be advocates for their rights, but also to serve in local government and parliamentary positions and decision-making processes in policymaking and legislation.

Photo Credits: Darfur Rehabilitation Project & The Mission of Palestine to The UN
Drawing by Alvaro
Website Design & Construction by Artist Smith Georges (
Sandy Storm Relief – Coney Island and Staten Island: NY

Safiyya giving necessities to a young child in Coney Island
Safiyya giving necessities to a young child in Coney Island
Safiyya and Marie-France preparing the supplies for the victims in Coney Island
Safiyya and Marie-France preparing the supplies for the victims in Coney Island
Long line waiting for survival necessities in Coney Island
Long line waiting for survival necessities in Coney Island
Safiyya Sarkin, Executive Director of Women Beyond Survival partnered with Marie-France Guilloux, Executive Director of Kids Care of Bethel for Hurricane Sandy relief. We distributed food and other necessities to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. They had no power, running water and what was left for them was utter devastation. There are no borders or boundaries to natural disasters. It can hit anyone at any given moment. Many lost homes and others lost their lives in a storm that hit the East Coast on September 29, 2012 that has not been seen in 108 years.
We must always reach out and give. You never know when you will be in the same situation. We went to the most hard hit areas such as Coney Island and Staten Island. Many people living in these particular locations are still without power. The suffering, especially for the elderly and the young children are immense. The lines are long with victims waiting for hot meals; and in other lines, frustrated cold victims were waiting for their survival
necessities. This was heart rendering.  Lines to get gas went on for infinitum.
Women Beyond Survival and Kids Care of Bethel would like to thank the below listed companies and individuals for their most generous contribution and support:
and we would like also to thank the volunteers who came with us and help to distribute the supplies along with us: FABIOLA NORMIL, SMITH GEORGES and JEFFERY GEORGES for the videography and the photography and giving of their time.
We thank you all with love for helping those in dire need.
Partners and volunteers - from left to right: Jefrrey Georges, photographer; Safiyya Sarkin, Executive Director of Woemen Beyond Survival; Marie-France Guilloux, Executive Director of Kids Care of Bethel; Smith Georges, Executive Producer/Host of TV show "The World aand Democracy"; Fabiola Normil, Artist/Poet/Fashion Designer.
Partners and volunteers – from left to right: Jefrrey Georges, photographer; Safiyya Sarkin, Executive Director of Woemen Beyond Survival; Marie-France Guilloux, Executive Director of Kids Care of Bethel; Smith Georges, Executive Producer/Host of TV show “The World aand Democracy”; Fabiola Normil, Artist/Poet/Fashion Designer.
Debra Devin and Tony Rogell
Debra Devin and Tony Rogell
Our Mission in Staten Island
Safiyya distributing food to devastated victims in Staten Island
Safiyya distributing food to devastated victims in Staten Island
Safiyya and Marie-France distributing food to survivors in Staten Island
Safiyya and Marie-France distributing food to survivors in Staten Island
Safiyya giving necessities to survivors in Staten Island
Safiyya giving necessities to survivors in Staten Island
Mushana Collaborates with Women Beyond Survival Concerning Micro finance and Ugandan Women of War

WBS Collaborates with Mushana in micro finance in assisting Mushana sell the necklaces that these courageous Ugandan women of war have worked tirelessly to make.  The proceeds from the sale of these necklaces go to these women in order for them to be self-sustained.  WBS is honored to be a part of this incredible project.
A NOTE FROM ANGELA ROBINSON (U.S. Representative for Mushana)

Women in Uganda and international designers work together under
one sun to produce products exclusive to Mushana.
Beads, fashion items, home accessories, art and jewelry are hand-crafted
by villagers from Uganda using recycled and local materials.
Recycled paper and glass, hand-woven bark cloth, and hand-painted cotton
fabrics are lovingly crafted into stunning home and fashion products.
Natural vegetable dyes, create a full color palette from soft neutrals to
rich, vibrant hues.
These women from Uganda are all survivors and have found their way to
making a better life through the work and passion of Mushana. These up
cycled materials mean up cycled lives which empowers and sustains their
daily lives. I am happy to be a friend of Women Beyond Survival which
makes a difference in the lives of women all over the world.Best to you
Angela Robinson
Please contact Angela Robinson at (914) 500-1733 in order to purchase these magnificient necklaces
 The Persistence of Hope: Darfur Refugee Camps and IDP’s in Eastern Chad from WBS
Live Simply so People Can Simply Live”
“Tears of the Mother Are the Same”
“It is not the words of our enemies that we remember, but the silence of our friends”
 -Martin Luther King Jr.- 
The Persistence of Hope: Darfur Refugee Camps and IDP’s in Eastern Chad from WBS

The nights in the refugee camps continue to be filled with cries of pain, anguish, and suffering.  The women and children of Darfur constitute some 70% of the 200,000 + Darfurians who have fled their homeland to neighboring  eastern Chad – nearly all living in 12 refugee camps in a territory that typically provides one physician for every 10,000 people.  The brutality is heaped on refugee population on both sides of the border with Darfurian refugees, not to mention the little known 170,000 displaced Chadians.  Yes, hope, a word cautiously used in this part of the world.  The women and children need security and stability so that they can begin to manage beyond survival, that they don’t fear repeated rape and attack when they gather firewood, or in unprotected camps.  Counseling is needed in order to begin to repair the psychological damage of self and loved ones, that they can be tested for HIV/AIDS and have access to medications, nutrients and to clean drinking water, without which are killers in the dysfunction of survival in conflict areas.  The future of this war torn region eventually rests with the women who will recover, nurture communities, revive a culture, and begin to raise the next generation in hope that it will not repeat or be drawn into murderous ways of the current one.  Indeed, today’s voiceless victims – the women and children – are tomorrow’s protectors, healers, and safeguards.  Tell their story…so that they can show their will to the world.          

Central African Republic (C.A.R.)
March 2009, Safiyya Sarkin went to a remote village in Central African Republic outside of Bangui to find many victims of war who were raped, the mothers as well as their daughters.  There was a makeshift community center, sparse with no medicine, supplies or food.  Electricity would come and go.  The area was very poor.  WBS has established an NGO in C.A.R. in partnership with the Prime Minister’s wife.  We will collaborate with the Minister of Cultural Affairs, who, herself, was raped along with her children.  Her husband was shot and killed in front of her.  She dedicated her life inspiring rape victims to believe in themselves and to have the self-esteem that was taken away from them after they were violated.A community center is greatly needed, which will include a clinic, school, art, music and recreational center, which will help in the healing process, and a women’s center that deals with post traumatic stress disorder.      
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(Safiyya) Marcia Sarkin, President & Founder

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NYC The NEW BLACK FEST Oct 8 -13, 2012 Theater/Performance/Readings/Music


  is 16 Days Away!!!

Tickets are GOING FAST!




Monday, Oct 8 at 7pm

The New Black Fest at 651 ARTS


Live & Outspoken with Tony Award Winning Actress Tonya Pinkins

moderated by PONY Fellow Dominique Morisseau


Tuesday, Oct 9 at 7pm

black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley


Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7pm

in collaboration with New Federal Theater and Legacy Productions


Bodies by Carla Stillwell

Thursday, Oct 11 at 7pm
The New Black Fest at 651 ARTS – NBF Fellows Readings
An evening of new plays by Kevin R. Free, Mfoniso Udofia and Glenn Gordon.
Friday, Oct 12 at 7pm
The New Black Music
Violinist Mazz Swift (Today Show), dancer Andre Zackery and singer/composer imani uzuri will share new work.

Saturday, Oct 13 at 2pm

Silent Voices by Judith Adong

 Please click HERE for more details.


Discounted Tix for New Black Fest alum Colman Domingo

and his Public Theater production of Wild With Happy

Use code WILD for $25 Tix, Oct 9-21. Visit


Please help make the 3rd New Black Fest a success by 

DONATING  today!


Please visit our new website .

The New Black Fest is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Contributions for the purposes of The New Black Fest must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The New Black Fest

Keith Josef Adkins

Artistic Director

September 25, 2012 Posted by | CULTURE, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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