On November 17, QWOCMAP founding Executive/Artistic Director Madeleine Lim spoke at Firelight Media’s special edition of their Beyond Resilience series at DOC NYC. Watch the recording of the panel, which began with Mad sharing the history and intention behind QWOCMAP.

Moderated by Sahar Driver, Ph.D., who authored the Beyond Inclusion report commissioned by Ford’s JustFilms initiative, the shared wisdom of the panel cultivated a thriving, expansive understanding of the role that people of color-led, and people of color-supporting, organizations play to foster and sustain the film industry across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Other panelists included: Chloe Walter-Wallace of Firelight’s Media Groundwork Regional Lab, who spoke to the power of the South and particularly Black filmmakers, Miriam Bale of Indie Memphis, who explored how majority people of color staff can change organizations, and Kique Cubero Garcia of AdocPR, who outlined the legacies of colonialism and its impact on filmmaking.

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Two Asian women gaze lovingly at each other as they lie in bed, lit with warm yellow and purple lights. At the top, black text reads Sambal Belacan in San Francisco, A Film By Madeleine Lim. On the left is the Singapore International Film Festival logo. In the lower right corner is the QWOCMAP logo.On a black background, white text in orange quotation marks reads, “If queer women of color are not making films about our own lives and our own communities, then who will?” Below, black text in an orange box reads SF Examiner. In the bottom left corner is the QWOCMAP 20th anniversary logo, and white and orange text that reads Queer, trans women still seeking representation in media, written by Kate Selig.