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NYWIFT Member Screening: “Long Way from Home,” September 10-14

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of Kavery Kaul’s documentary feature Long Way from Home! Hailed by historian Robin Kelley as “one of the most powerful and inspiring documentaries of our era,” in this moving and provocative story, three remarkable girls enter ninth grade at top schools steeped in bias towards race, class, and culture.

Watch the film: Any time Thursday, September 10th at 3 PM through Monday, September 14th at 11:59 PM

Join the Q&A: Monday, September 14th at 5 PM

The film will be available to all who register to view via an exclusive link at any time throughout the weekend of September 10th. Then, join us for a special Q&A with the filmmaker and one of the documentary subjects on Zoom.

Please register in advance in order to receive the links.

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting (or in this case, a virtual theatrical setting). We hope you will join us in celebrating the work of our talented NYWIFT members!

Cost: $5 for NYWIFT members; $7 for non-members

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Please note: if you would like to bring a guest, the guest must be registered separately with a separate email address – links to view the films are individually crafted for each registered email.

Read our interview with Kavery Kaul on the NYWIFT blog. 

About the Film

Long Way from Home
Kavery Kaul (Director/Producer)
2010, 82 min

Hailed by historian Robin Kelley as “one of the most powerful and inspiring documentaries of our era,” in this moving and provocative story, three remarkable girls enter ninth grade at top schools steeped in bias towards race, class, and culture. The girls are African-American, Asian-American, and Arab-American. Theirs is an eye-opening perspective on the struggles facing young girls of color. In an intimate filmmaking style with unprecedented access to schools, Long Way from Home challenges the notion of “belonging” in our society. Now coming upon its 10-year anniversary, the documentary speaks to the still unfulfilled need for cultural change.


Indian-American filmmaker Kavery Kaul’s documentaries challenge who “we” are and who tells that story. They have been shown in theaters, on television, and in all media worldwide; featured at DOC NYC, Telluride, FESPACO, London and Rotterdam Festivals; the Kennedy Center (DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Cleveland Museum, and High Museum (Atlanta). Her credits include the Imagen Foundation Best Doc Short Nominee Cuban CanvasBack Walking ForwardOne Hand Don’t Clap, and the upcoming The Bengali. Awarded Fulbright and Logan Fellowships, her TEDx Talk calls for stories that break the divide. Learn more at

Sage Garner was featured in Long Way from Home as a ninth grader at the Nightingale-Bamford School (NBS). While at NBS, Sage led the discussion-based organization called CAFÉ (Cultural Awareness for Everyone). She became a peer leader and tutor. During her senior year, she penned a groundbreaking Independent Study entitled “The Experiences of African-American Students at Nightingale”, which continues to be widely referenced. Sage went on to earn her B.A. in African & African-American Studies from the University of Virginia, where she continued to pursue her love for mentorship, diversity and entertainment through leadership roles and media internships. She worked to unite various groups at UVA through music, leading a hip-hop a cappella group and hosting and producing a radio show. As a Peer Advisor for the Office of African-American Affairs, she provided psychological, social and academic support for 14 students of color throughout their freshman year. She also studied abroad in Valencia, Spain.

Since then, Sage has built a career centered on helping others make the most out of emerging technology in business and everyday life. Over the past 12 years, she has worked at a luxury lifestyle digital media brand, a global technology-education firm and today, a leading fin-tech company. She is passionate about leveraging technology to provide access, solve problems, and help others grow.

Q&A Moderator

Rachel Watanabe-Batton has produced film, tv and pop culture for over 20 years in development and physical production. She founded Contradiction and Struggle to champion global stories that reframe history and culture and connect cinema, causes and capital. Projects include documentary Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl directed by NYWIFT Muse Julie Dash and narrative series 1850 about mixing and migration. Her work has been supported by IFP, NEH, NEA, BPM, Ford Foundation and Radcliffe.

A longtime advocate for empowering women, Rachel has spearheaded “Celebration of Women” festival parties, inter-guild readings, women’s mixers, diversity summits and creative impact partnerships. She programs and moderates in-depth industry conversations and screenings, and is represented by P.S. 314 Collective for media consulting. Mayor DeBlasio and former NYC MOME Commissioner Lopez honored her with a MADE IN NY Award as Producers Guild of America East Vice Chair, Diversity Chair (2008-2018) and Co-Chair of PGA Women’s Impact Network.  Rachel is Chair of Manhattan Neighborhood Network and on the boards of Women Independent Producers and NYWIFT.

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