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Awen Films Awen Films is a nonfiction production company based in New York, NY.

Awen Films is a nonfiction production company based in Brooklyn, NY. The word “awen” means “person” in the Lenape language, and this is also the driving idea behind the group’s mission: to produce and support independent projects that focus on stories of the human condition.

La Compagnia

Felici di annunciare che "Mister Wonderland" tornerà in sala virtuale da mercoledì 15 luglio grazie al cinema La Compagnia di Firenze.

► Il film sarà disponibile in streaming su sulla pagina dell'iniziativa #PiùCompagnia dal 15 al 20 luglio: -- prenotate il vostro biglietto già da ora!

[MERCOLEDì 15 luglio]

Il film vincitore del Premio distribuzione “Il Cinemino” alla 60esima edizione del Festival dei Popoli arriva in sala virtuale #PiùCompagnia!

Prodotto da Awen Films in collaborazione con Infinity Blue, Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema, Mister Wonderland racconta la storia del Sylvester Z. Poli emigrato da Lucca in America alla fine del XIX secolo, e diventato il più̀ grande proprietario di sale cinematografiche del suo tempo.

Tutte le info sull’evento le trovate qui >>


Watch out latest story for AJ+, produced and edited by Julia Muldavin.

This piece was filmed in May, but undocumented communities continue to face some of the greatest risks as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across other parts of the country.

First, these sisters lost their jobs. Then, they lost their brother and father. Now, they worry about paying hospital bills and finding food.

Even during COVID-19, most undocumented immigrants can't access federal government benefits like unemployment, food stamps or health care. Instead, they have to rely on food donations just to survive.

Good news: "Mister Wonderland" è tra i film candidati ai Nastri d'Argento 2020 nella sezione Cinema, Spettacolo e Cultur...
Nastri d’argento ai documentari 2020: 74 titoli in selezione

Good news: "Mister Wonderland" è tra i film candidati ai Nastri d'Argento 2020 nella sezione Cinema, Spettacolo e Cultura! A luglio l'annuncio dei finalisti.

Per ulteriori informazioni: 👇

Roma, 8 giugno - Via ufficialmente anche alla selezione dedicata ai Nastri d’Argento del documentario: sono 74 i film che la Giuria del Direttivo Nazionale ha deciso di considerare per la selezione uf

Come menziona anche Il Cinemino, uno dei motivi per vedere Mister Wonderland sono le bellissime animazioni a cura di AVA...

Come menziona anche Il Cinemino, uno dei motivi per vedere Mister Wonderland sono le bellissime animazioni a cura di AVANSGUARDI che danno vita al materiale d'archivio e ci fanno immergere nel periodo storico e nell'avventura di Zefferino.

Grazie Dario Acierno e Diego Randazzo!

Link per lo streaming -->

Mister Wonderland è un film da vedere assolutamente anche per la capacità di mescolare immagini di repertorio con le bellissime animazioni di AVANSGUARDI
In streaming su


Tra pochissimo saremo in diretta sulla pagine FB di Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema per presentare il lancio streaming di "Mister Wonderland"!


Check out our latest dispatch on COVID-19 in New York in collaboration with Mediakite. This time, we report on how the pandemic is affecting the unhoused community and how authorities continue to fail in providing safe long-term housing for those most in need.

If you can help, contribute to the #HomelessCantStayHome campaign:

Thank you to Picture the Homeless, CHiPS Soup Kitchen & Women's Shelter and to Marcus, Alan and Erii for sharing their stories.

During New York City’s COVID-19 outbreak, the government failed to provide safe shelter and basic goods for the more than 60,000 New Yorkers who don’t have a permanent residence.

In a city held hostage by real estate interests, we spoke with the working class people who have been forced into the streets and into unsafe shelters throughout an unprecedented public health crisis.

Il Cinemino

Vi aspettiamo questo giovedì 4 giugno per l'anteprima streaming del nuovo doc "Mister Wonderland", disponibile per due settimane in esclusiva sulla piattaforma online Il Cinemino @home!

100 anni fa MR WONDERLAND andò in America a cercar fortuna. In pochi anni mise in piedi una delle catene di cinema più importanti del continente.
A distanza di un secolo, una bella riflessione sull'importanza delle sale e del cinema come esperienza.
In anteprima streaming dal 4 giugno su
Festival dei Popoli
Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema

This is the last weekend to stream selected films from the Awen Films archives for free. Our top pick for this last call...

This is the last weekend to stream selected films from the Awen Films archives for free. Our top pick for this last call is Treasure, the tale of a town trying to reinvent itself that may hold some lessons for our current times:

► Treasure – The Story of Marcus Hook [2013] // 20 min.
• English:
• Italian:
Marcus Hook is a small refinery town close to Philadelphia. For decades, oil was the community’s bread and butter. In December 2011, when the Sunoco refinery shut down, the town was left on the brink of an unprecedented crisis. Renovating his house, ex-refinery worker Michael Manerchia found the remains of a plankhouse belonging, according to local lore, to the pirate Blackbeard’s mistress. This unexpected discovery gave Michael the inspiration to create a pirate festival to bring business back to the town. "Treasure" chronicles the efforts of a community determined to survive deindustrialization. The town’s future is being written as we speak, but one thing is certain: If Marcus Hook wasn’t born with the refinery, it doesn’t have to die with it either.
• Official selection at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Taos Shortz

And, if you missed them over the last couple of months, you can also still stream:

► If Only I Were That Warrior [2015]:
• English:
• Italian:

► Iom Romì (A Day in Rome) [2017]
• English:
• Italian:

► Melodico [2012]
• English/Italian:

Starting next week, these films will return on sale for a small fee.

You can also find more mini-documentaries and series at:

#AwenPlaylist #StayAtHome #IoRestoaCasa #Coronavirus #COVID19 #Italy #USA #NewYork #NYC


Our latest project on the coronavirus crisis in NYC is now out on Redfish.

It's a report on the critical role mutual aid networks have played providing people with what they need to survive, all while government continues to fall short in fulfilling that responsibility. Watch the full video below.

Thank you to North Bronx Collective, Bushwick Mutual Aid, Mil Mundos, Dean Spade, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, and to Myrna and Guadalupe.

Produced in collaboration with Mediakite.

As New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, a class divide has been exposed showing that we're not all on the same boat in capitalism.

To step up where the government has been lacking, grassroots organizers at mutual aid groups have taken matters into their own hands to help and unite poor and vulnerable people to survive.

Special thanks to Mediakite and Awen Films.


Check out our latest emergency report from NYC in this new AJ+ piece, featuring three stories from the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. We followed Don Lee in South Brooklyn, where Homecrest Community Services, Inc. is coordinating a meal delivery program for the elderly, connecting the most vulnerable homebound people with local restaurants who have lost most of their regular customers. For more info, visit:

"People are going to be struggling for sure ... We don't even have any clue what that's going to look like."

New York state now has more coronavirus cases than any other country outside the U.S. This is how New York City's every day residents are trying to cope.

The Battle for New York

Our series THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK continues during the coronavirus crisis with a series of dispatches on the grassroots response to the emergency. #nyccoronavirus #StayHome #NYC #HousingforAll

The Battle for New York - Coronavirus Dispatches brings you the voices of the people and movements responding to the COVID-19 emergency from the grassroots. In this video, meet the volunteers coordinating mutual aid in Ridgewood, Queens.

'The Battle for New York' is a series on housing issues produced by Awen Films and published by The Indypendent.

For more info and previous episodes, visit:

Iom Romì (A Day in Rome) - Subs ENG

Next in the #AwenPlaylist, we're featuring the 2017 short documentary "Iom Romì (A Day in Rome," produced in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi.

► Stream now for free: Iom Romì (A Day in Rome)
‣ Short Documentary (2017) // 30'
‣ English:
‣ Italian:
► 'Iom Romì (A day in Rome) chronicles a day in the life of the contemporary Jewish community of Rome, which for centuries has lived in limbo between persecution and integration. As the only cultural group in the city that can claim an uninterrupted line of descent from the times of the empire, Roman Jews have fostered rituals and traditions that are unique in the world. From dawn to dusk, through the voices of several characters living and working in the historic Ghetto quarter, Iom Romì tells the story of a community both fiercely independent and distinctly Roman.'
‣ Watch on your computer, smartphone, or on the Vimeo app on your smart TV

In this period of social distancing and home isolation, we're making available some of our favorite films from the Awen Films archives. Stay tuned here for our weekly pick.

Thanks to: Comunità Ebraica di Roma Archivio Storico della Comunità Ebraica di Roma Museo Ebraico Di Roma Sinagoga Del Ghetto Di Roma Il Pitigliani Jewish Roma walking Tours Il Duca 40 Bar Totó Boccione Pasticceria Nonna Betta - Cucina Kosher Style

#AwenPlaylist #StayAtHome #IoRestoaCasa #Coronavirus #COVID19 #Italy #USA #NewYork #NYC

"Iom Romì" (A day in Rome) chronicles a day in the life of the contemporary Jewish community of Rome, which for centuries has lived in limbo between…

If Only I Were That Warrior - Subs ENG

We've all been adjusting to drastic changes in our daily lives due to the COVID-19 crisis. For the more fortunate among us, one of the biggest challenges is staying healthy and happy while spending most of our time at home. In the next weeks we'll be sharing here some our favorite films from the Awen Films archives, some made temporarily free for the first time, that you can watch during this period of isolation.

► Stream now for free: If Only I Were That Warrior //
Feature Documentary (2015) // Watch on your computer, smartphone, or on the Vimeo app on your smart TV'Following the recent construction of a monument to Fascist war criminal Rodolfo Graziani, "If Only I Were That Warrior" investigates the contested legacies of the Italian colonial occupation of Ethiopia (1935-1941) through the stories of three present-day characters.'
To watch in Italian: // For more info:

We hope this and the other films we will share can provide some food for thought, entertainment, and – most of all – a reminder that the people who were already most neglected by our system before the arrival of the virus now face the greatest risks as we head into ever more uncertain times. Please take the time to research the ways in which your community can use your help. If you're in New York City, follow the NYC United Against Coronavirus network on Twitter: – and consult their resource list:

#AwenPlaylist #StayAtHome #IoRestoaCasa #Italy #USA #NewYork #NYC If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the…

Scientists for Palestine

Scientists for Palestine

علماء من أجل فلسطين هي منظمة عالمية أنشئت من قبل و من أجل العلماء لتطوير العلوم و دمج فلسطين في المجتمع العلمي الدولي.

للمزيد من المعلومات عن المنظمة

المؤتمر الثالث للعلوم في فلسطين عقد في معهد ماساتشيوتست للتكنولوجيا (MIT) في الولايات المتحدة من 10 يناير إلى 12 يناير 2020. الهدف من المؤتمر الدولي الثالث هو تطوير و تحسين خطط و أهداف "علماء من أجل فلسطين-Scientists for Palestine" ألا و هي تطوير العلوم في فلسطين و دمج علماء فلسطين في المجتمع العلمي الدولي من خلال :تشجيع و نسهيل التعاون بين العلماء الفلسطينيين في فلسطين و في الخارج مع علماء دوليين, و تسليط الضوء على علماء فلسطين و التطوير العلمي في فلسطين, و ابتكار أهداف بناءة في هذا المجال. المؤتمر الدولي وفر أجواء مناسبة لتغطية و ايصال معلومات عن التحديات و النجاحات التي ينجزها العلماء من أبحاث علمية و ابتكارات في فلسطين بالرغم من الاحتلال, و كذلك المؤتمر وفر بيئة مناسبة لاعطاء المجال للعلماء الدوليين في المساهمة ذلك. خلال المؤتمر أوجدنا مجموعات للعمل على تطوير و تحديد آليات من أجل تعاون دولي قوي من أجل تطوير العلوم في فلسطين.

في المؤتمر شارك تسعة ممثلين لعلماء فلسطين في المؤتمر و الذين جاؤو من فلسطين إلى مدينة بوستون, بالإضافة لمشاركة الكثير من الشباب و الالعلماء من جميع أنحاء العالم, من ضمن المشاركين: جورج سميث و الحاصل على جائزة نوبل في الكيمياء لعام 2018, نرجس مافالفالا عالمة الفيزياء الفلكية في ماكأرثر, و الطبيب و المبتكر الفلسطيني المعروف طارق لوباني.
شكر خاص ل Awen Films لعملهم الرائع.

#علماء_من_أجل_فلسطين #العلم_ينتصر_على_الاحتلال

Scientists for Palestine

It was a pleasure to collaborate with Scientists for Palestine and document the 'Third international gathering for science in Palestine' at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- check our latest mini-documentary to learn about the work that is being done to support science in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Scientists for Palestine is an international organisation created by and for scientists to promote science and support the integration of the occupied Palestinian territories in the international scientific community.

For more information:

The Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, from January 10th through 12th, 2020. The third international meeting aimed to escalate and refine plans toward Scientists for Palestine’s primary objectives of advancing science in Palestine and integrating Palestinian sciences into the international scientific community by: enhancing collaboration between Scientists in Palestine and exile with key partners globally; highlighting Palestinian scientists and scientific development; and devising measurable goals toward these ends. The international meeting provides space to access information about the challenges and successes of Palestinians practicing and researching science under occupation while also providing concrete opportunities for international scientists to get involved. A working group track ran to help develop enhanced strategies to identify mechanisms for sustained international collaboration with and elevation of Palestinian scientists.

The meeting saw the historic participation of a delegation of nine Palestinian scientists traveling to Boston from Palestine as well as presentations from other young and established scientists from around the world, including 2018 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner George Smith, MacArthur fellow Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, and renowned Palestinian medic and innovator Dr. Tarek Loubani.

Special thanks to Awen Films for this incredible work!

#Scientists4Palestine #ScienceDefeatsOccupation

The Battle for New York
The Battle for New York

The Battle for New York

For a decade, Bushwick has been a hotbed of gentrification, with the highest rent increases in the city. Now, an impending rezoning threatens to accelerate the process and put an even greater strain on the community.

In Ep. 6 of The Battle for New York, we talked with
Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification about their #BattleforBushwick struggle and their strategies for defending the neighborhood from predatory developers.

Watch the full video on The Indypendent: — and read the article by Chelsey Sanchez:


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Awen Films is a nonfiction production company based in New York, NY. The word “awen” means “person” in the Lenape language, and this is also the driving idea behind the group’s mission: to produce and support independent projects that focus on stories of the human condition.

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