Janet Goldwater

Janet Goldwater has collaborated with Barbara Attie on award-winning documentaries for national and international broadcast, as well as wide-spread educational and advocacy use, since 1990. From the start, their work focused on women and girls and the complex health and social justice issues facing them. It has been their mission to use the documentary medium to empower and educate women and girls and gain support for their empowerment through awareness in the larger community. We have developed a deep sense of responsibility to the communities affected by the issues in our films. During production we seek to employ members of the communities we depict and empower these individuals to represent the documentary, and the issues, in the years following completion. In 2005, Goldwater and Attie were awarded a joint Pew Fellowship in the Arts. They have also been honored with the Leeway Transformation Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships and many documentary festival awards. They have four national PBS broadcasts to their credit. In February 2011, MRS. GOUNDO’S DAUGHTER, a searing documentary about a Malian woman seeking asylum in the US to protect her daughter from female genital cutting, was broadcast nationally as part of PBS’ AfroPop series and continues to screen at human rights festivals and in classrooms around the world. Rosita, the story of a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl whose rape and pregnancy resulted in a political and religious uproar that resonated across Latin America, was broadcast on HBO Latin America. MAGGIE GROWLS, a whimsical biography of Gray Panther founder Maggie Kuhn, was selected to launch PBS’ Independent Lens series in 2003. Other films include LANDOWSKA: UNCOMMON VISIONARY; 
I WITNESS: SHOT DOWN IN PENSACOLA; and MOTHERLESS: A LEGACY OF LOSS FROM ILLEGAL ABORTION. Goldwater earned a BA in art history from New College and an MFA in photography and graphic design from Boston University. Before beginning a filmmaking collaboration with Attie in 1990, she worked and taught as a photographer and graphic designer. (8/14)

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Mrs. Goundo's Daughter


A film by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2009, 60 min., Color
Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States. But it’s not just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali....

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Maggie Growls


A film by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2002, 56 min., Color
MAGGIE GROWLS is a portrait of the amazing, canny, lusty, charming and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers (the nation’...

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