JASA to Utilize Film Lab Movie "The Opposite of a Fairy Tale" for Industry Workshop on Elder Abuse

NEW YORK - Dec. 9, 2016 - PRLog -- The Jewish Association Serving the Aging ("JASA"), in partnership with Fordham University and St. John's University, will be utilizing the Asian American Film Lab ("Film Lab")/ AAFL TV movie The Opposite of a Fairy Tale, by Jennifer Betit Yen, for a special workshop for industry professionals on "The Role of Social Work Professionals in Assisting Underserved Populations (http://www.jasa.org/events_/special-events/eati-workshop-the-role-of-social-work-professionals)."  The workshop will be organized and moderated by Martha Pollack, LCSW, the Manhattan District Director of JASA.  In the workshop, Pollack will use the film to provide participants with a better understanding of the impact of cultural norms in identifying and reporting elder abuse within different communities residing in New York City.

"Ms. Betit Yen's film offers a unique view of how elder abuse is perceived and handled in different cultures," states Pollack. "We, at JASA, anticipate that it will open up a conversation that will assist the entire community of service providers to work with renewed sensitivity and understanding to protect a wide range of seniors."

In Betit Yen's film, a woman is slowly imprisoned by her family with the unwitting help of well-meaning bystanders.  The film aims to draw light to the epidemic of elder abuse affecting at least 1 in 10 seniors today.  Various versions of the film have previewed in New York and California, including a sold out preview at the Museum of Chinese in America, the Asian American International Film Festival, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Shorts Showcase, the Palm Springs Desert Film Society, and more.  A special preview version of the film will also show December 15, 2016, at HBO.  More information on the film's official website at www.TheOppositeOfAFairyTale.com

About JASA

JASA's mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy.  Founded in 1968, JASA is one of New York's largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. We provide life sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their families and friends.  We fulfill the Jewish value of honoring the aging while serving adults of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds.  www.jasa.org

About the Asian American Film Lab

The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that has been dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in media since 1998.  The Film Lab accomplishes that goal in three ways:  (1) education; (2) outreach and support; and (3) production.

Education – The Film Lab runs monthly events that are open to the public ranging from screenings to seminars to Q&As, all designed to increase awareness of the current state of diversity in media and to provide audiences with the tools and motivation to effectuate positive social change through entertainment.

Outreach-Support – The Film Lab runs various programs ranging from the famous 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition to filmmaking how-to workshops to networking parties, all of which work to connect people of color, particularly Asian Americans, and mainstream media executives and to create mentorship and distribution opportunities for people creating diverse works.  The 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition is arguably the Film Lab's most important annual event; bringing together A-list judges and established and aspiring filmmakers across the globe.  People of all colors, backgrounds, religions, and cultures with a common goal: to battle inequality through creativity; to promote gender and ethnic diversity through entertainment; and to challenge stereotypical mainstream constructions of race, gender and sexuality.

Production – The Film Lab produces media with positive and prolific perceptions of women and people of color and films that effectuate positive social change through narrative storytelling.  The TV series, Film Lab Presents currently airs on CrossingsTV (Time Warner Cable & Xfinity).  We also have an online channel, AAFL TV, to which viewers can subscribe to for free at youtube.com/asamfilmlab.

The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President), Chloe Jenkins (Treasurer, Grants & Fundraising), Daryl King and Jo Dongbang (Connections), Renee Lasher (Industry Spotlight), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers. Board members include James Kyson and Aaron Woolfolk, among others.  For more information, please visit the Film Lab's website at www.film-lab.org

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