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MARGOT SMITH, PRODUCER

Margot Smith is a retired social scientist who currently lives in Berkeley, California, USA. She produced award winning independent videos on political and social justice issues and is a member of Bay Area Women in Film and Media.

Her latest video is Bernard Zakheim’s Living Art, the biography of a San Francisco artist and muralist whose WPA murals can be seen at Coit Tower, the San Francisco Jewish Community Canter and UC San Francisco’s Tolman Hall. She also produced WPA Murals in San Francisco.

Another work is Listen to Iran’s People: A Call For Peace. In 2007, Margot was a member of a 23 person peace delegation to Iran, and videoed the people that they met, including Iran‚ÄôsVice President, professors, imams, students and people on the street. Listen to Iran’s People was shown on FreeSpeechTV, PBS (USA), and several international film festivals.

Democracy in the Workplace: Three Worker-Owned Businesses in Action. is a 27 minute video about three successful worker-owned businesses. The Cheeseboard, Rainbow Grocery and Inkworks Press show what it’s like to work collectively. The Network of Bay Area Worker Collectives (NoBawc=No Boss) sponsored a theater showing of the work in February, 1999. Shown on PBS, Democracy in the Workplace won a Bronze Medal at the National Educational Video Network (USA).

To Empower Women: The Fourth U.N. World Conference, was filmed in 1995 at the United Nations Fourth World Conference in Beijing, China and narrated by the late Congresswoman Bella Abzug. To Empower Women has been shown on PBS stations, won a trophy at Movies on a Shoestring film festival in Rochester, NY, was shown at the Ohio Independent Film Festival and the American Public Health Association film festival.

Canada’s Single Payer Health Care System: A Model for Reform was introduced by the late Senator Paul Wellstone and shown on 65 PBS stations across the USA. This and two other videos advocating universal health care on the Canadian model are now being shown by many universities and grass roots organizations.

More of her videos may be seen on video.google.com, search for Margot Smith Videomaker.

Her research as a social scientist may be viewed at Researchgate.com.
Search for Margot Wiesinger Smith.

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