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The Women's Film Festival Presents "War Zone" with Q&A with Maggie Hadleigh-West
Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia, PA
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The Women's Film Festival Presents "War Zone" with Q&A with Maggie Hadleigh-West
The Women's Film Festival Presents "War Zone" with Q&A with Maggie Hadleigh-West
Saturday, July 21st, 2018
Time: 7PM
Location: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

WAR ZONE (1998)
Directed by Maggie Hadleigh-West
Full Length Documentary | 76 min

War Zone is about sex, power and what happens when meneither knowingly or unknowinglythreaten a womans right to walk undisturbed on the streets.  What exactly do catcalls, leers or a whole litany of other behaviors mean to a woman?  And why do men engage in these behaviors?  Shot all over the US, Hadleigh-West turns her camera on men in the same way that they turn their aggression on her.  War Zone is 76 minutes of explosive footage as the filmmaker places herself in very real danger by daring to ask the men on the streets why they are treating a complete stranger in a sexual way

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"Intimate and never condescending, Ms. Hadleigh-Wests on-the-fly shooting style opens a portal to an alien land, a corner of America where many whites fear to tread."  Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"Shrewdly building a canny tale of humor, hostility, and, ultimately, physical violence.  War Zone is a charged 76 minutes that asks the questions on the mind of every woman who knows the anger and frustration of not being able to walk down the street undisturbed." -Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, LA Weekly  

"Funny and Shocking!" -Susan Sarandon, Academy Award Winning Actor

Besides her courage to expose herself to these hungry men, the fascination of War Zone lies in an extraordinary and smart relationship between the public and the private space. -Jan Distelmeir, epd (Germany)   Bravo!

"Rarely has one seen such obvious privileges being questioned with such clarity and yes, actually with humor."  Eva X Moberg, Aftonbladet (Sweden)

"This is a war of a very special kind, the violence of lecherous men who give unwanted attention War Zone shows how the body of a woman can become a battlefield, just by what she wears." -Jurgen Veil, Moving Pictures (Germany)

"You have to admire her courage and honestyshe has made a highly provocative film!" -Kevin Thomas, LA Times  

"Finally, every woman whos endured such unpleasantries as MmmI want some of that on her way to the deli or dry cleaner has someone fighting for her right to walk public streets in peace."  New York Magazine  

Interviews with Hadleigh-West include: The Today Show, CBS News, Penthouse Magazine, Ms. Magazine, New York Observer, NPR, Time Magazine Online, TNT, The Leeza Show, News America, London Times, Dagens Nyheter (Largest daily: Sweden),  BBC World: USA Direct, Sex TV (Toronto), Daily Telegraph (Largest daily: England), BBC World Service and many more


Over the course of her career, Maggie Hadleigh-West has been internationally recognized as an activist, independent filmmaker, public speaker and the founder of YoMaggie Productions, LLC. She has been writing, directing and producing in film and television since 1991. Her work is often considered to be controversial, provocative, radical and irreverent. Through her company and the mediums of film, television, and public speaking, Maggie focuses on developing social justice projects related to various forms of violence, which have been previously unrecognized or under-examined.

Maggie recently completed her fifth film and website project, Sick to Death!, which explores the testing, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease and the medical industries worldwide failure to attend to the nearly 750 million individuals that suffer from thyroid diseases. Sick to Death! received three merit awards, prior to the world premier at the New Orleans Film Festival.

Her fourth film, and second feature documentary Player Hating: A Love Story which follows the life of hip-hop artist Half-a-Mill as he struggles to escape ghetto obscurity for fame. This intimate and controversial film explores issues of race, thug life, cultural / government neglect, the far-reaching impact of extreme trauma and cultural culpability.

In her well known feature length documentary, War Zone, about the public harassment of women, Maggie turns the lens of her camera on her harassers, in much the same way that they turn their aggression on her. Using a combination of black and white and color images, she creates a film that is immediate, disturbing, beautiful and historic.

Maggie has appeared on numerous national and international television and radio programs including ABCs news magazine show 20/20, The Today Show, CBS News, The Oprah Show, Lifetime Live, Oxygen Media, BBC, NPR, and CNN. Articles on Maggie have been published in such periodicals as USA Today, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, New York Observer, Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, New York Daily News, Ms. Magazine, Glamour Magazine, London Times, South African Elle, the Swedish papers Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter, Australias Exposure Magazine and more.

Maggie Hadleigh-West is a 2017 Impact Doc Awards winner, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Award Winner, 2010 Indie Fest: Audience Impact Merit Award Winner, 2010 Accolade Merit Award Winner, 2009, 2006, and 2005 Alcyon Foundation Fellow, a 2004 New York State Council on the Arts Fellow, 2001 University of Louisville Distinguished Professor Nominee, 2000 Rockefeller Fellow Nominee and a 1998 Berlin Film Festival Caligari Nominee.

Maggies production company was originally formed in New York City, where Maggie lived for twenty-four years. She currently resides in New Orleans, where she has deep roots and plans to remain forever.

For more information about Maggie Hadleigh-West, visit


Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States


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Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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