NN’s Tetee Gebro to Appear On Panel at New York Film Festival on Global Human Rights

Tetee Gebro, a reporter for New Narratives’ supported Liberian radio station SkyFM, will appear on a panel at the City University of New York’s Global Film Festival highlighting the work of documentarians and journalists covering issues relating to human and women’s rights. Tetee was one of two reporters in New Narratives’ network to do groundbreaking reporting on female genital cutting in Liberia that has prompted a widespread discussion on the issue in the country.  Tetee’s radio feature on the health risks of female genital cutting in Liberia will feature in a listening session before the panel.

Hear Tetee’s radio report here.

Details of the panel:

Film screening & radio listening session followed by a panel

Live Stream: http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/live/

The recent advocacy video KONY2012, addresses the issue of child soldiers in Uganda, and has garnered more than 100 million hits, making it the most viral video ever.

This phenomenon raises the question–what are the best media practices for getting public attention? Can journalists, and documentarians have the same impact? What does that impact look like or mean?

We’ll explore the process of documenting international humanitarian issues–from choosing a topic, to gathering material, to editing, to getting hits. We’ll also discuss models of international media development, and look at projects that support local reporters and producers who cover human rights issues.

Moderator: Jesse Hardman


Claudel Chery (Zaka) is a Haitian filmmaker. He was born in Southern Haiti, and began making films at the age of 18, through the Jacmel based Cine Institute.

Tetee Gebro is a reporter in Monrovia, Liberia with the non-profit New Narratives. Gebro works in TV and radio, and also attends the University of Liberia as a mass communications major.

Selly Thiam is a journalist and oral historian whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS and in Colorlines Magazine. She was formerly the producer for the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, multi-media producer for PBS’ Learning Matters and was a Carnegie Fellow at the ABC News Investigative Unit. She is the founder of None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa.

Almudena Toral is a graduate of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, and currently a producer and reporter for Time Magazine’s Video department. Originally from Spain, Toral studied international relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS school, and has lived and worked in places as diverse as Cyprus, Italy, Rwanda, and Kansas.

Andrea Wenzel is a producer, editor, and media development consultant based in Washington, D.C., where she is working with WAMU American University Radio to launch a new global affairs program, Latitudes. She spent nearly a decade at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio producing the global affairs program, Worldview. Andrea has also worked as a trainer and project manager with media programs in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Iraq. She reported from Thailand as a fall 2011 fellow for the International Reporting Project.