About the Director
Ellie Bernstein is also the director of:
Closing the Open Door-The Fight for a College Education
Closing the Open Door sketches the history of City College and of the policy, which was implemented in 1970 after massive student protests over the underrepresentation of minorities at CUNY.
The film includes testimonials from several former City College students, including a New York civil court judge who grew up poor in the South Bronx and a Colombian immigrant who went on to receive a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Closing the Open Door is in the Donnell Branch of the New York Public Library, is distributed by Third World Newsreel and was the centerpiece of the AAUP annual meeting in 2002.
Waiting for Mercy-The Case Against Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref
Waiting for Mercy tells the story of an FBI sting operation that took place in Albany, New York during the winter, spring and summer of 2004. The complex operation was designed to entrap Yassin Aref, 37 (a refugee from Kurdistan in northern Iraq) and Mohammed Mosharref Hossain, 51, a United States citizen and an immigrant from Bangladesh. Waiting For Mercy won Best Documentary at the Ballston Spa Film Festival, also in the ISNA Film Festival. It will be shown on Link TV and Free Speech TV. It has a national distribution through Third World Newsreel.
We are Still Standing-The Stories of Women in Black
Using documentary material from conferences, vigils and testimonies as well as archival footage and photos, the stories of the 20 years of constant struggle of the International movement of Women in Black are told. From its inception in Israel in 1988, when Israeli activists took to the streets to oppose the Military Occupation of Palestine and to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian sisters, the Movement has been active in women's resistance to war, militarism, fundamentalism and discrimination.