Commemorative Months

Films that Uplift Trans Youth and Elders

June 14, 2022
LGBTQ people should be able to live our lives openly and proudly without fear of political attacks on our very existence. Yet this year has seen a record number of political attacks on LGBTQ people in over 30 states, largely focusing on trans people and students. On the first day of Pride Month, the Ohio legislature passed a bill to ban trans students from sports leagues matching their gender identity. This is a somber reminder of the importance of this month, for trans and queer people, and our allies, to assert our continued right to exist out and proud.

Two Films that Embrace Women's Movements, in Africa and North America

March 1, 2022
New Day Films invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with us! Our now 50-year-old film cooperative was initially formed because the women’s movement had arrived and a group of independent filmmakers couldn’t find distribution for their feminist films. So, they started New Day!

These Two Personal Films Highlight Resilience and Remembrance for Universal Human Rights Month

November 23, 2021
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was signed by member nations on December 10, 1948. For the first time, it set out fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The 30 rights and freedoms set out in the UDHR include the right to asylum, the right to freedom from torture, the right to free speech and the right to education. It includes economic, social and cultural rights, like the right to social security, health and education. It also includes civil and political rights, like the right to life, liberty, free speech and privacy.

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. 

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