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On Screen In Person: Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story
In December 2012, Olivia Zinnah died of complications from a rape injury caused when she was seven years old. After filmmaker Jessica Vale became personally involved with Olivia and her mother while working on another project in Monrovia, Liberia, her quest to film them became a mission of hope and medical help in a country where rape is the number one crime, and the majority of the victims are children.
Jessica Vale is an accomplished non-fiction television producer and editor, working freelance for over 12 years. Originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, Jess graduated from the film program at Temple University. Her credits include work for NBC News, CBS News, National Geographic, History Channel, The Weinstein Co., and more. Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story is her award winning feature directorial debut which had its worldwide television premiere on Al Jazeera English. The film received high praise and Vale received substantial media attention including appearances on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, Huffington Post Live and WABC NY’s Weekend Morning Show. Vale is currently post producing LIV a feature narrative by director Catherine Eaton, as she works on her next documentary The Limits of Dissent. She a member of the NYC chapter of Film Fatales.
There will be a Q&A with director Jessica Vale following the screening.
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.