Kathleen Foster  

Kathleen Foster is a British-born, New York-based, independent producer and director of cutting-edge films about social justice.

Her work has screened nationally and internationally at a variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Asia Society, the Queens Museum, the Brussels Fiction and Documentary Festival (Belgium), the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival (France), the World Performing Arts Festival (Lahore, Pakistan), Cinema Village, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Anthology Film Archives, New York University, Columbia University, Boston University, Maryland Institute College of Art, UCLA, Howard University, and Princeton University.

She has received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Funding Exchange, the Paul Robeson Fund, the Yip Harburg Foundation, the Lifebridge Foundation, the Len Ragozin Foundation, the Experimental Television Center, and individual donors.

Foster is the recipient of a number of awards. In 2006 Women in Islam presented her with a Compass Awardfor her film Point of Attack. This award honors women whose work exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Betty Shabazz. Point of Attack also received the American Library Association’s Notable Video Award in 2005.At the Workers Unite Film Festival of 2013, 10 Years On: Afghanistan and Pakistan was named Best Short Documentary.

The authors of American War Cinema and Media Since Vietnam (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) cited Foster’s 2007 documentaryAfghan Women: A History of Struggle as one of only three films that "challenge the dominant ideologies found in contemporary mainstream American war films."

Her current project, Profiled, scheduled to be released in early spring 2016, continues her commitment to films about social justice.

Her films are distributed by Cinema Guild, Third World Newsreel and Filmmakers Library. (4/16))

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A film by Kathleen Foster, 2016, 52 min, Color

Profiled knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latino youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S. Some of the victims—Eric Garner, Michael Brown—are now familiar the world over. Others, like Shantel…

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