About the Producer

Contact: info@benevolencethefilm.com

Joanne Hershfield, Ph.D. 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.