Commemorative Months

Mother's Day

May 4, 2021
Mother’s Day was first conceived in the 1850s when Ann Reeves Jarvis, a social activist and community organizer, put together “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to provide assistance and education to reduce disease and infant mortality. At around the same time, Julia Ward Howe, another activist, as well as abolitionist and suffragette, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation - a call to action for mothers to work toward world peace. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Women’s History Month

February 26, 2021
March is Women’s History Month. It is a time to recognize the struggles, celebrate the achievements, and encourage the study of the vital (and often unacknowledged) role of women in US History.Taking the Heat, a film by Bann Roy, tells the courageous story of one woman who took on the New York City Fire Department in a landmark lawsuit and paved the way for women to become firefighters for the first time.

February: National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

January 29, 2021
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to elevate conversations with and about our community members with intellectual disabilities, to reflect their value and recognize the obstacles they face.Mimi and Dona, a film by Sophie Sartain, takes us into a mother-daughter relationship and reveals the challenges aging caregivers face when caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Universal Human Rights Month

December 6, 2020
In December, we observe Universal Human Rights Month in honor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948. New Day is proud to share several powerful films from our collection on the subject of human rights.

Transgender Awareness Month

October 29, 2020
In the month of November, we focus on transgender communities, trans survival, and trans liberation. This year’s Transgender Awareness Week is from November 14 through November 20, a time set aside specifically to highlight stories of trans and nonbinary people. New Day is proud to share several important and relevant films from our collection.

Why Decolonize Thanksgiving

October 29, 2020
I acknowledge that I reside in the homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone people who continue to live and thrive in the San Francisco Bay Area today. For most of my life, it never occurred to me to conduct a land acknowledgement during Thanksgiving. After all, the holiday was always about turkey, stuffing, family gatherings, and had a vague association with these people called “Pilgrims.” Like most Americans I had been indoctrinated into a whitewashed and largely false version of history.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 25, 2020
This October is the United States’ 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities and likewise to learn about issues facing those with disabilities. The observance coincides with the 30th anniversary of the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. New Day celebrates these important milestones by highlighting films made by disabled filmmakers. 

September 2020: Commemorative Months

August 18, 2020
September 2020: A Look Back at Hurricane Katrina Through FilmFifteen years ago on the morning of August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coast of Louisiana, bringing death and destruction particularly to residents of New Orleans. To honor those impacted by this devastating event, New Day highlights several relevant films from our collection.

June 2020 Commemorative Month

May 13, 2020
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! The anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which were a response by mostly trans and gender non-conforming people of color to police violence, is now celebrated by queers, trans and non-binary folks, same-gender-loving folks, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and all those questioning/exploring their gender and sexuality.

Six Meaningful Films for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 25, 2020
The intergenerational impact of childhood abuse is the subject of Wrestling Ghosts, Ana Joanes’ recent documentary. In this intimate portrait, Joanes allows us to be with the main character, Kim, as she learns how the very damage that she was subjected to as a child plays out now in her relationships with her own children.  Kim shares deeply personal moments and invites us into her counseling sessions to witness her journey towards healing.

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