About the Producer

Contact: info@benevolencethefilm.com

Joanne Hershfield, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been producing social issue documentary films for over twenty-five years. Recent films distributed nationally and internationally include Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush, the story of Charlotte O’Neal, a former member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party, a poet, musician, artist, and community activist, who has lived for over forty years as an “urban warrior in the African Bush” in the Tanzanian village of Imbaseni; These Are Our Children, a one-hour documentary film that reveals how the devastating effects of poverty, HIV/AIDs, and violence on Kenyan children are successfully being reduced through local grassroots interventions; Men Are Human, Women are Buffalo, a film about violence against women in Thailand; Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future, a one-hour documentary film that challenges stereotypes about what it means to be a woman in Japan; The Gillian Film, a moving portrait of an exceptional young woman who works at a local veterinary clinic, rides horses, takes dance classes, and is developmentally disabled.and Leading Women, a video documentary about women’s leadership in North Carolina. Her films are in the permanent collections of over two hundred universities and libraries in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Australia.