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Producer: Tribeca Film Institute/ Summer Arts Program
Winner of the WOMEN'S JUSTICE AWARD
ABOUT THE FILM
Many people consider the word “firefighter” to be synonymous with “fireman.” Most see no reason not to regard the two as equivalent. But, hidden throughout New York City lies the counter-argument. Reacting to the discovery during our research of the social injustices that female firefighters had to face, our team set out to find the women who dared to go against the norm and tell their stories. As we began to meet these workplace pioneers, a story of courage and persistence in the face of prejudice started to blossom. What we uncovered was surprising, perturbing, but for the most part, exhilarating. Female firefighters have been protecting homes and saving lives for thirty years but continue to remain in the shadows of their male colleagues.
BURNING BARRIERS aims to highlight the struggle of these brave women to gain acceptance inside the firehouse as well as in their communities and families. As filmmakers, we were able to bring some attention to an important and troubling issue: the history of gender discrimination and its ongoing role in women’s lives.
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