Third World Newsreel director to speak April 10

NYC media training program for people of color highlighted

Originally published April 6, 2012 by

Logo courtesy Third World Newsreel.

Logo courtesy Third World Newsreel.

Executive Director of Third World Newsreel Dorothy Thigpen will speak at City College’s Cultural Awareness Center on April 10 from noon to 1 p.m. about TWN’s affordable and accessible training program for people of color who are interested in becoming media artists.

The event is being presented by the CAC and the International Studies program and will include information on the New York City-based training program, as well as TWN’s rich history of producing films about anti-war movements, the women’s movement and civil and human rights movements.

“A lot of our students might like to take advantage of [the training program] if they knew about it,” City College history professor and event coordinator Riad Bahhur said in an email. “It’s very empowering and it’s in NYC—an added plus.”

According to a flier for the event, the TWN dates back to 1967 when it was called the New York Newsreel. The name changed in the 1970s and today the group is a collective for activist filmmaking, with chapters all across the United States.

“Today, TWN carries on the progressive vision of its founders, and remains the oldest media arts organization in the U.S. devoted to cultural workers of color and their global constituencies,” according to the event flier.

The event is free.

For more information on this event, contact Riad Bahhur at or call (916) 650-2738.

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