Storyville: Because of the War

/Storyville: Because of the War

july, 2018

27jul7:00 pm9:00 pmStoryville: Because of the War

Event Details

Location: Scribe Video Center (3908 Lancaster Avenue)
Cost: $5 Admission

Because of the War (2018, 63 mins) directed by Toni-Shapiro-Phim

In both North America and West Africa, four Liberian women have been using their music to address injustice and inspire action for social change. Survivors of Liberia’s civil wars, they are accomplished, brilliant singers – mothers, refugees, immigrants, Africans – who haven’t stopped contributing positively to the world, no matter the obstacles. Because of the War documents the power of traditional songs to make meaningful connections between and among people, and to help re-build communities impacted by violence and migration. This film was produced by The Philadelphia Folklore Project.

Toni Shapiro-Phim received a PhD in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. Her dissertation, books and other publications focus on the history and cultural context of dance and music around the world, particularly in relation to violence, migration, conflict transformation and gender concerns. Toni serves as Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project where she conducts ethnographic research, curates exhibitions and produces performances, humanities forums and publications highlighting aspects of the cultural practices of Philadelphia’s diverse communities. Because of the War is her first film.


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We are a member of the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI). GPFO, first established in 1985 as a part of Philadelphia city government, continues to reside within city offices.

In 1992, we became a regional economic development agency, incorporating in 2000 as the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.


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