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5th SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 2018 Opens Friday 3/16 with Lou Andreas Premiere


• Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to be Free, Best Film at NDR Young Talent Awards, has New York Premiere at SRFF

• Opening night films include docs When I Stutter, Stickman, and the narrative short Malik and the Turtle


Lou-and-Nietzsche- Lou Andreas-Salome

Lou-and-Nietzsche- Lou Andreas-Salome

NEW YORK - March 9, 2018 - PRLog -- [NEW YORK, NY] SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2018(SRFF 2018) punctuates its Fifth Edition opening night with the feature film Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to be Free, an award-winning German production by Cordula Kablitz-Post, Best Film at the NDR Young Talent Awards 2018. It is a fearless depiction of the famous female philosopher, scholar, and contemporary of Freud. Cinema Village March 16, 2018, 7:00 pm. Director Present. Tickets via Eventbrite.

Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free
Cordula Kablitz-Post
Germany | 2016 | 113 min
German, Italian, Russian w/English subtitles

Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe's greatest minds, recounts her life to Ernst Pfeiffer in this German film directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post.  Salomé became the first female psychoanalyst under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud.

Website for details and images.
Friday, March 16, 7:00 pm

A post-screening by-invitation reception will be held at farm-to-table restaurant Villanelle.

An inspiring documentary that explores the stigma surrounding individuals with speech-impediments, aptly titled When I Stutter, precedes the opening film. Comedian Joze Piranian opens with a short stand-up routine about his stutter. A pairing of films starring charming underdog protagonists, Stickman and Malik and the Turtle, from the US and France respectively, close the night.

When I Stutter
John Gomez
USA | 2017 | 67 min

Over the course of 4.5 years, 19 people share stories about how stuttering has impacted their lives, and help bring greater understanding and empathy about an often misunderstood communication disorder. These stories run the gamut of human emotions. Some are dark, some funny, others are triumphant!
Director present for Q&A.

Website for details and images.
Friday, March 16, 5:15 pm

Margaret Galbraith
USA | 2017 | 63 min

A knife altered the course of Roosevelt Wilkerson's life twice. As a young man, it sends him to prison. Later, homeless and angry, he picks up a stick and begins carving. Stickman is the incredible story of Roosevelt's journey off the street and it demonstrates that love and compassion hold no economic or racial boundary.
Director present for Q&A.

See website for more details and images.
Friday, March 16, 9:30 pm

Malik and the Turtle
Adnane Tragha
France | 2017 | 19 min 17 s
French w/English subtitles

Eighteen-year-old Malik lives with his mother in a northern suburb of Paris. His dream is to become a top athlete. When his coach announces to Malik that he is registered for the next Junior French Championships, his entourage suspect him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Website for details and images.
Friday, March 16, at 9:30 pm.

The rapidly-growing, social-issue based festival is now in its fifth year. SRFF embodies the cultural values of New York showcasing 70 films across an array of platforms from international and local filmmakers. Visit for schedule, synopses, bios, and sponsors.

The festival closes on March 22 with a glistening Awards Ceremony and an afterparty at Doux Supperclub.

SRFF is proud to be supported by LMCCFairways Law Firm - ParisSoletech, the German Consulate General of New YorkThe Dutch Consulate General. Industry partners and sponsors include Cinema Libre StudioCandy FactoryInkTipFinal Draft, Resolution rentals (, UniFrance ( and more. Trophies are by Michael Aram (


SR Socially Relevant ™ Film Festival New York is a 501(c) 3 non-profit film festival founded by actress Nora Armani. The Mission of the SR Film Festival is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant™, human interest stories dealing with social issues. SR™ believes in the power of cinema in raising awareness and promoting positive social change. Submissions re-open May 2018.

Press contact Armen Spendjian (347) 301 3548 or



Nora Armani

Founding Artistic Director

SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival NY

Tel: +1 (212) 253 2022




 at Cinema Village. Read the Press Release here. Download the Pdf here.

  • "SR is sure to appeal to cinema fans of all interests. So come on and support New York’s latest festival.” Catherine Fisher: Tribecafilm
  • " important program of films” Peter Belsito: IndieWire: Sydney’s Buzz
  • “ would be very good if it became a permanent feature of New York’s rich cultural and political tapestry”  Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
  • "Amy Goodman provided a rousing keynote address" Chris Atamian: The Huffington Post

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York - 5th edition - March 16-22, 2018

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival™ New York, a non-profit 501(c)3 film festival that showcases socially relevant films with human interest stories as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. SRFF believes in promoting positive social change through the powerful medium of cinema. For details on partner organizations and sponsorship opportunities please visit the festival’s website:






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