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Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is a radio and print reporter in San Francisco. She has done stories for dozens of media outlets including NPR, Latino USA, Agence France-Presse, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, SF Weekly, Edutopia and Truthdig. She also teaches adults working on getting a high school diploma at City College of San Francisco.

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An Inside View of the Egyptian Revolution

An Inside View of the Egyptian Revolution

February 6, 2014

An interview with Jehane Noujaim, whose Oscar-nominated documentary The Square offers a unique look at the lives of three Egyptians during the occupation of Tehrir Square : “It’s crucially important that this story about the Egyptian revolution is told by Egyptians.” More »

Cultural History Meets Multimedia: Stories of Chinese Women Immigrants

Cultural History Meets Multimedia: Stories of Chinese Women Immigrants

December 5, 2013

Two new works by dancer and choreographer Lenora Lee give a new perspective on human trafficking, past and present. More »

A Unique Film From Saudi Arabia

A Unique Film From Saudi Arabia

October 16, 2013

Haifaa Al-Mansour reflects on her new feature film, Wadjda; the unusual challenges involved in making it; and the impact of telling a story from the perspective of a ten-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia. More »

Wonder Women—Larger than Life and Life Affirming

Wonder Women—Larger than Life and Life Affirming

April 15, 2013

"Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" premieres on Independent Lens this evening on most PBS member stations. More »

Showcasing Films by Cuban Women

Showcasing Films by Cuban Women

March 8, 2013

For the first time, a group of women filmmakers from Cuba are showing their films in the United States, beginning in Los Angeles on March 8, International Women's Day. More »

Sotomayor—From the Bronx to the Bench

Sotomayor—From the Bronx to the Bench

February 21, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is determined to be as frank as possible in her new memoir. More »

Celebrating “Wimmen’s Comix”

Celebrating “Wimmen’s Comix”

January 8, 2013

An exhibit in San Francisco shows how Bay Area cartoonists made history 40 years ago. More »

Filmmaker Explores India’s Complex Identity

Filmmaker Explores India’s Complex Identity

September 20, 2012

In "The World Before Her," Nisha Pahuja looks at the extremes of India's evolving notions of gender. More »

Rashida Jones Creates a Thinking Woman’s Romantic Comedy

Rashida Jones Creates a Thinking Woman’s Romantic Comedy

August 3, 2012

With partner Will McCormack, Rashida Jones writes a role for herself that defies the clichés of the genre, in Celeste and Jesse Forever, a film which opens today in New York and Los Angeles. More »

Bahrain Medics Still at Risk

Bahrain Medics Still at Risk

February 16, 2012

On the one-year anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain, a lawyer continues her fight for medics arrested and tortured for treating protestors injured by police—in demonstrations where women have played a key role. More »

Margaret Cho (no surprise) Speaks Her Mind

Margaret Cho (no surprise) Speaks Her Mind

October 14, 2011

Fans can watch Margaret Cho's new concert film, "Cho Dependent," on Showtime beginning this weekend. Here, Emily Wilson talks to the star and the film's director and discovers the political roots of Cho's outspoken comedy. More »

Ericka Huggins and "Black Power Mixtape"

October 3, 2011

In her interview by author Emily Wilson, Ericka Huggins tells why a recent documentary on the Black Panther Party can help open up a needed conversation on race, gender and class. More »

Connected—Tiffany Shlain's New "Autoblogography"

Connected—Tiffany Shlain's New "Autoblogography"

September 26, 2011

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain invented a word for her film that crosses genres between documentary and memoir and explores how technology alters our sense of relationship. More »

“Higher Ground”—Vera Farmiga Takes Control

“Higher Ground”—Vera Farmiga Takes Control

August 29, 2011

Using what she has learned from colleagues, Vera Farmiga, Oscar nominee for "Up in the Air," directs and stars in a film that explores spirituality. Arts reporter Emily Wilson talks to her about the project. More »

Many Roads to Their Truth—The Topp Twins

Many Roads to Their Truth—The Topp Twins

June 7, 2011

In what singer-songwriter Billy Bragg calls their "anarchist variety act," the Topp Twins expand their loyal following beyond New Zealand's borders. More »

The Power of “Ruined”

The Power of “Ruined”

April 14, 2011

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning play enlightens audiences across the country. Ruined just finished a run in Berkeley, California, plays this month in Denver and opens April 22 in Washington, D.C. More »

Lingering Inequity in the Arts—A Comedic Take

Lingering Inequity in the Arts—A Comedic Take

February 23, 2011

In a new play in San Francisco, Theresa Rebeck explores workplace reality where a woman's good work may reward no one. More »

Ancient Texts of Everyday Secrets

Ancient Texts of Everyday Secrets

September 1, 2010

Arts commentator Emily Wilson talked to singer and composer Jewlia Eisenberg about her latest installation in San Francisco, a project that brings to life the ancient, secret writings of women in what is now Iraq. More »

“The Heretics”: Women of the Heresies Collective

April 12, 2010

The author interviews the maker of a documentary that captures a prolific period of feminist art, focusing on the collective as, according to the film web site, “a microcosm of the larger international women’s movement, in which thousands of small, private groups of women met together in forms unique to their own settings.” More »

Women’s History Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Women’s History Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

March 29, 2010

Director Kamala Lopez’s film tells the story of the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, one who bridged the suffrage, civil liberties, anti-war and women’s movements of 20th century America. More »

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}Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

November 5, 2009

With the confidence of a seasoned performer, Gabourey Sidibe portrays a particular character with universal appeal. The movie, based on a Sapphire novel, opens in limited release on Friday. More »

}QWOC Film Festival Focuses on the Immigrant Experience

QWOC Film Festival Focuses on the Immigrant Experience

June 18, 2009

}Congresswoman Barbara Lee—a Rebel Inside the House

Congresswoman Barbara Lee—a Rebel Inside the House

June 1, 2009

Now in her sixth full term in the House of Representatives, the congresswoman holds to her radical roots, explaining in her new book just how mainstream those revolutionary programs have become. Currently chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, she spoke to author Emily Wilson of her need to define herself. More »

}Media Attacks: Getting Even—and Then Some

Media Attacks: Getting Even—and Then Some

April 13, 2009

Stung by Michael Savage’s attack on children with autism and their parents, playwright Carolyn Doyle, in a one-woman performance currently running in San Francisco, uses her craft to show how a family navigates a mysterious world. More »

}Patsy Mink: Paving the Way

Patsy Mink: Paving the Way

March 25, 2009

Kimberlee Bassford discovers a subject for her documentary who had crafted the laws that made it possible for the filmmaker to achieve her education and career. More »