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JUDITH: PORTRAIT OF A STREET VENDOR
 
JUDITH: PORTRAIT OF A STREET VENDOR
 
NY Premiere

Director: Zahida Pirani

United States, 2013, 17min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Short Documentary
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Crew:  Cinematography: Iliana Aguilar - Editing: Matt Maltese - Music: Manuel Andres Garcia - Sound: Max Greene - Additional Camera: Katrine Hornstrup Yde
Email:  zahida.piranigmail.com
web:  streetvendormovie.com

synopsis
Portrait of Street Vendor is a short documentary that takes the audience on an intimate journey into the daily life of Judith, a street vendor from Guatemala who lives and works in New York City. Judith exposes the daily obstacles and struggles she and her fellow vendors face on the city's streets and shows her community's attempts to change their conditions as immigrants and workers. The film unveils Judith's hopes for the future and her aspirations as a mother, worker and community organizer. Shot in intimate observational style, Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor is a compelling personal story about perseverance and access to the American Dream.

director
Zahida Pirani is an independent filmmaker who studied nonfiction filmmaking at Columbia University as a Charles H. Revson Fellow. Her work is informed by her experience as a community organizer, having worked for many years around immigrant and worker rights issues in New York City. She is the former Director of the New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP, a project of La Fuente Inc.), a community-labor collaboration that works with various immigrant rights organizations and labor unions in New York and surrounding areas. Zahida has taught as an adjunct professor at CUNY's Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. She holds a Bachelors degree from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.
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