GROWING UP BARNARD

 

"The present was an egg laid by the past, that had the future inside its shell." 
- Zora Neale Hurston, Barnard College, Class of 1928

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This film has carried me deep into the trenches of the Barnard Archives, and introduced me to extraordinary Barnard graduates from across the century. It has made me aware of the importance of a women's college today, and has taught me that it is not the school that makes the students, but the students that make the school. Included in the film are women whose collective and individual voices have helped shape the world as we know it, who each in her own way is leaving a legacy that is worth learning from, that will serve to guide tomorrow's generations. Their voices breathe new life into the dusty photographs of a century of memories and milestones shared. They remind us that time is a continuum and that as we move forward, we owe it to ourselves and to our future generations, to take a look back, not only to measure the distance we have come, but to remind ourselves of where we still have yet to go.  
- Daniella Kahane, Barnard College, Class of 2005

Filmmaker's Bio:

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Daniella Kahane has written and produced a number of films that have won awards and garnered national and international attention, including One Per Cent, a feature documentary that received the Audience Award at the Vail Film Festival, Columbia Unbecoming, the documentary that exposed academic abuse and bias in the Middle East studies department at Columbia University.  She has also worked for Academy-Award winning producer Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump, Stepmom, The Devil Wears Prada, P.S. I Love You).  She is currently working for Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Edet Belzberg (Underground Children, The Recruiter) on her latest documentary about genocide.  On the non-profit front, in 2004 she founded an event consulting and planning group, Sensi6, which emerged out of the desire to create charity events that target a younger generation of givers.  She has since produced events that have raised over one million dollars for organizations in need.  She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Film Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.