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On Saturday, April 24 we broadcast a livestream a discussion with award-winning independent director and producer Mirra Bank to discuss her film, NO FEAR NO FAVOR.


Mirra Bank is an award-winning independent director and producer. A selection of her films include: The Only Real Game- Best Documentary at the NY Indian Film Festival, and American Spirit Award at Sedona Intl. Film Festival, on Netflix. Last Dance - short-listed for an Academy Award. Nobody’s Girls - a non-fiction PBS prime-time special. Enormous Changes - premiered at Sundance and Toronto, followed by theatrical release, and distriubtion by ABC Video Enterprises, and BBC-2. Her numerous commissions and production awards include: C.P.B, P.B.S, N.E.A., N.E.H., N.Y. State Council on the Arts, N.Y.


Foundation for the Arts, Women in Film, and NY Women in Film and Television, American Film Institute, FORK Films, Foundation for Jewish Culture, The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, American Composers Orchestra, and the Donnet Fund.

Bank’s films have played at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, N.Y. Film Festival, BFI/London, Hamptons International Film Festival, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, A.F.I./Silverdocs, Full Frame, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Hawai’i, The Flaherty Seminar, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Verona, Dance on Camera (East and West), and Hamptons DocFest -- among many others.

She is a member of the Academy’s Documentary Branch; a MacDowell Fellow and film panelist; a member of New Day Films; she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and on the Advisory Board of the Bronx Documentary Center, and of New York Women in Film and Television, of which she is a past President. She is also a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

Learn more at mirrabankfilms.com.



Mirra Bank, Director

2019 | 66 minutes

African communities on the front lines of the poaching crisis fight to protect their wildlife for future generations.

"Joyously hopeful and yet achingly sad...an excellent resource for schools to foster conservation efforts." Muna Ndulo, Dir., Berger Int.l Studies Program, Cornell Univ

Shot over two years in Zambia's Kafue National Park--one of the largest intact wilderness areas in the world--as well as in Kenya and Namibia, NO FEAR NO FAVOR illuminates the wrenching choices faced by impoverished Africans who live where community meets wilderness--on the front lines of Africa's poaching crisis. The film follows follows local women and men who fight the illegal wildlife trade through cooperative law enforcement and innovative conservation.

Through community conservancies, the people in these communities protect wildlife and the region's wilderness heritage, return eco-tourism profits to local people, and generate sustainable livelihoods -- especially for women and girls.