Maurice Carney, Executive Director. Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He is an independent entrepreneur and human rights activist who has fought with Congolese for fifteen years in their struggle for human dignity and control of their country. He has worked as a research analyst at the nation's leading Black think tank the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. While at the Joint Center, Mr. Carney worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. Mr. Carney also worked as a research consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation addressing issues such as the socio-politcal condition of African American communities. Crisis in the Congo screens July 20, 2011, 6 PM, at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. Call (510) 663-2255, www.priorityafrica.org and friendsofcongo.org SF Jewish Film Festival presents: "Strangers No More," Academy Award Winner, 2011, co-directed by guest: Karen Goodman. The film which looks at Tel Aviv's Bialik-Rogozin School, a K-12 public school that has opened its doors to children from 48 countries, such as Eritrea, South Africa, Sudan, Eastern Europe, and others. We close with "Next Year in Bombay," directed by guests: Jonas Parienté, who studied in Paris (BA in Sociology) and New York (MFA in Integrated Media Arts) and Mathias Mangin, who was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a place made famous to American audiences through the lens of LIFE photoessayist Gordon Parks. Mathias grew up in Paris, and graduated in finance from Edhec Business School, later studying photography in Sao Paulo and filmmaking in New York. http://www.nextyearinbombay.com/
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