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SURGE is a feature documentary about this extraordinary moment, where a record number of first-time female candidates are running for office in 2018. Tired of being ignored, angered by current government policies, and anxious about the future of America, more than 20,000 women have stepped forward and are running to win. SURGE follows several of these women from Texas, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida on their exhaustive and exhilarating journeys to flip their districts blue on Election Day. Diverse in age, ethnicity and background, these candidates face similar uphill battles to raise money, beat incumbents and create history. SURGE explores the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that fueled a wave of candidates and gave a collective sense of urgency to the 2018 election.

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On Saturday Feb 10, 2018 Hannah Rosenzweig moderated a panel at Columbia University's first-ever women's conference: "She Opened the Door." The panel Making Our Voices Heard: Women, Politics & Civic Engagement in 2018/2020 included's Karine Jean-Pierre, CNN National Correspondent Athena Jones and Executive Director of Eleanor's Legacy, Brette McSweeney.

The She Opened The Door conference included workshops, roundtable discussions, and speakers, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '59LAW. 

Hannah Rosenzweig, Karine Jean-Pierre, Brette McSweeney, Athena Jones, Dean Merit of Columbia's SIPA

Hannah Rosenzweig, Karine Jean-Pierre, Brette McSweeney, Athena Jones, Dean Merit of Columbia's SIPA


Hannah just returned from the Women's Convention in Detroit, MI. She was on the National Organizing team for the Convention, organizing panels and workshops in the Convention's Youth Track. She also produced this video:


Fellowship Description: Rockwood Leadership Institute and the Ford Foundation JustFilms initiative are proud to the launch a third cohort of the Rockwood JustFilms Fellowship, a leadership development program to catalyze a shift in the leadership and collaboration capacity of leaders working in film and social change. 

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