2016 Global Voices Judging Panel
US National Committee for UN Women – SF Bay Chapter
A global women’s human rights activist, Amy is a cast member and Consulting Producer of “The Price of Honor”, a multi-award-winning documentary about a 2008 American “honor killing” that galvanized the FBI to put the fugitive father-murderer on the Top 10 Most Wanted List. Amy screened the film and moderated a panel in the US Capitol building sponsored by three Congresswomen with the US Justice Department, the World Bank and 17 NGOs. Amy is the author of The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, a novel about the search for the ancient, lost origins of honor killing in the Middle East, lauded by former Egyptian First Lady Jihan Sadat. An expert speaker on call for the US State Department, Amy has given presentations at TEDxSacramento, the UN Foundation, The World Affairs Council, Oxford University, etc. She serves on the Global Advisory Boards of the documentary “Honor Diaries”, Women’s Voices Now, World Learning, Muslim American Leadership Alliance, and the Women’s E-Learning in Leadership Project at George Mason University.
Jolly Planet Entertainment
A film and television distribution executive, Carolyn has worked in sales, licensing, acquisitions and business development for leading independent film distributors Cinedigm Entertainment and New Video Group. She is the owner of Jolly Planet Entertainment, which provides distribution consulting services for film and television producers and distributors. A native of San Francisco who resides in Los Angeles, Carolyn recently served as a juror for the South East European Film Festival Los Angeles. She holds a MS in Global Affairs from NYU and a BA in Radio and Television Broadcasting from San Francisco State University.
Marina Romani, Ph.D.
Marina Romani, Ph.D., is a film and music researcher, educator, and performer. She serves as Senior Consultant for the academic journal Film Quarterly. Her doctoral dissertation at UC Berkeley, titled “Between Soundtrack and Performance: Music and History in Italian Film Melodrama, 1940-2010”, investigates how traumatic events in Italian history are elaborated through cinema. She was part of the organizing committee of the First International Conference on Film and Media at UC Berkeley, and collaborated with the senior curators at the Pacific Film Archive for a retrospective on post-war Italian cinema. Marina has also conducted fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, analyzing the racial politics of space and how communities are affected by institutional racism, and she has presented her original work at Yale, UCLA, NYU, King’s College London, among others. With a background in both classical Western music and Afro-Caribbean music, she also frequently collaborates with the San Francisco Opera as a contributing writer and regularly performs with the group Aguacero.