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A Feminist Lens Trailer

A Feminist Lens Trailer

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A Feminist Lens: The Art & Activism of Photographer Joan Roth is an intimate portrait of internationally acclaimed photographer Joan Roth. The film focuses on five decades of Roth’s pioneering photography, in which she used her camera to advocate for homeless women in New York City, documented leaders in the U.S. Women’s Movement from the 1970s through today, and illuminated the diverse lives of Jewish women around the world.


Joan Roth has dedicated her life to raising awareness of women’s plight and activism, which is the central focus of this film.  Roth, herself a feminist icon, chose to prioritize making women visible versus fame and fortune.  The film lifts up the experience of the women’s movement, advocates, and diverse Jewish women worldwide and is narrated by top feminist icons. This film is written and produced by Joan’s daughter to ensure her mother’s legacy in hopes it will be an inspiration to other women who are on the frontlines of today’s challenges for women’s equality and reproductive rights.

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The Filmmakers 

Melanie Roth Gorelick (Executive Producer/Writer) and Pamela French (Producer/Director), have been friends since childhood. They came to this project as a work of love to celebrate the life of Joan Roth. ​They are excited to share this short film about Joan's legacy with the world.

Thank you for the generous donations of, Marjorie Krasnick

Shari Sandler and The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, 

The Dobkin Family Foundation.

Fiscal Sponsor, Jewish Womens Foundation of New York.

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