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Alla Kovgan (filmmaker), whose film “Nora” screens this evening at the Pacific Film Archive, tonight, Feb. 10, 7 PM., at UC Berkeley Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Ave., (510) 642-5249, www.bampfa.berekley.edu/filmseries, is followed by an earlier film collaboration with Alla, Movement (R)Evolution Africa (2007). Alla is a Boston-based filmmaker, born in Moscow (Russia). Her films and films that she co-directed have been presented worldwide including at the Sundance, Rotterdam, Toronto, Melbourne, Durban, Oberhausen, Clemont-Ferrand, MOMA, Louvre, Centre Pompidou, PBS (US), ZDF (Germany) and numerous others. Alla's most recent film NORA (2008), her collaboration with the British filmmaker David Hinton, is an art film – a poetic biography of the Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire. Carolyn Russell A Safe Place speaks about a new film: Teen Dating Violence, which premieres Thursday, Febraury 11, 3-5 PM at Elihu M. Harris State Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland. CA. Sandra Hooper Mayfield fell in love with words when her first grade teacher read a poem. Over the years she has used writing to process life's joys and sorrows. This collection of poems document her journey as a mature woman who had given up on love, until a phone call changed everything. Her book, "Sugar Water," shares her journey of hope and expectation for finding something beautiful and falling in love one more time. Sandra Hooper Mayfield is best known for her work with youth in Oakland. In 2005 she developed the South County edition of the Post, the Bay Areas oldest African American owned newspaper. Sandra lives in San Leandro