Bringing the world into better focus
Faiza Almontaser, Director of "Poet Against Prejudice," a film about overcoming prejudice in the aftermath of 9/11.
Keynote Speaker, Edward Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity at Envision, September 2014.Photo William Manning
Andre Bauma dedicates his life to caring for the orphan gorillas in Virunga National Park.
A small team of park rangers protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed rebels, poachers, and dark forces struggling to control Congo's natural resources.
Alexis Agathocleous, Center for Constitutional Right, Emily May, Hollaback,; blair dorosh-walther, Director, "Out in the Night," Patreese Johnson, Renata Hill & Charles Radcliffe UN Human Rights Adviser
Stop Telling Women to Smile: Public art addressing gender-based street harassment.Art by by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.
Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life. Envision Winter 2014Photo by Ruth Fremson. Courtesy of The New York Times.
Dasani with her siblings, Nijai and Avianna, visiting the photo exhibit at the Made in NY Media Center.Joana Vicente, Excutive Director, IFP, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General, Ruth Fremson, New York Times, "Invisible Child," photographerTracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, Directors of "Rich Hill," with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-GeneralDon Cheadle, UN Goodwill Ambassador, giving Keynote Address at Envision 2012Jessica Yu, Academy Award Winner and Director of "Last Call at the Oasis," Opening Night, Envision 2012Envision Host, Scott Tong, Sustainability Correspondent for American Public Media, 2012Brandon Litman, Producer and Kyle Ruddick, Director take questions about their film "One Day on Earth," Envision 2012.Eugene Hernandez, Film Society of Lincoln Center, moderates "Stories of the Global Energy Challenge."Roger Blissett, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Orlando Bagwell, Director, JustFilms, Ford Foundation, and Maher Nasser, Acting Head, UN Dept Public Information.Michael Franti, Musican and Filmmaker, gives a closing performance, Envision 2012Keynote Speaker Harry Belafonte, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Envision 2010.Hugh Evans, Co-Founder, Global Poverty Project, Envision 2011.Photo: Yves Marie VilainKennedy Odede, Founder, Shining Hope for Communities and Lynne Patterson, Co-Founder, Pro Mujer, "The Role of Women in Alleviating Hunger and Poverty," Envision 2011.Photo: Phil StearnsKeynote Speaker Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, Envision 2009.Abigail Disney, Producer of "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," Envision 2009. Sarah Jones, Playwright and Performer, UNICEF Spokesperson on Violence Against Children; Envision 2009."A Small Act" Screening: Patti Lee, Producer: Jennifer Arnold, Director; Harry Belafonte; Chris Mburu, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations. Envision 2010.Jim Clancy, CNN, moderating panel discussion "Food Security and Countries in Crisis." Envision 2011.Photo: Phil StearnsSheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films introduces opening night screening of "The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical." Envision 2011.Performance by PS 32 Chorus, The Belmont School, The Bronx, directed by Marc Socol, Envision 2011.Photo: Phil Stearns
About The UN's Millennium Development Goals
The UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the connective thread running through Envision's screenings, panel discussions and social networking. The MDGs are to eradicate poverty, achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop global partnership for development.
Founded in 2008, Envision is a unique partnership between the Independent Filmmaker Project and the United Nations Department of Public Information. Our partnership is built on the shared belief that storytelling and documentary film can be powerful tools in building a better future for all people.
Anchored by the Millennium Development Goals, Envision’s annual gathering connects UN experts and NGO advocates with some of the most creative minds in filmmaking and new media, with the goal of finding fresh, compelling ways to create momentum for social change. The gatherings offer a critical opportunity for filmmakers and social change activists to forge creative, cross-sector partnerships to promote their causes and reach wider audiences.