To Do Monday: Cry Freedom

Natsanat_poster_webIn Ethiopia, the word natsanat means freedom—something there’s been way too little of in that tragically war-torn part of the world. That’s why the short documentary Natsanat, which shares the heroic stories of young female freedom fighters who helped overthrow brutal tyrants in Ethiopia, is such a breath of fresh air. These women are role models for strong women everywhere, and this lovely movie, directed by another strong woman, Cheryl Halpern (with production partner Mitchell Stuart), is an inspiration.

Hartley House has devotedly served those who live and work in Hell’s Kitchen since 1897 with educational, creative, recreational, civic and social programs. The 2013 Spring Benefit honors the organization’s Home Outreach Program for Elders (HOPE), a comprehensive case-management program focused on the West Side of Manhattan. The honorary corporate chair is Harold McGraw III, and benefit chairs include Judith Baldwin, H. Hartley du Pont and Alexis Robinson Waller. The master of ceremonies is Lonnie Quinn, the weathercaster for CBS 2
—the forecast calls for fun.

Natsanat screening, Golden Egg Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, 7-9pm. Hartley House Spring Benefit, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, (212) 534-1672, 6:30-9pm, tickets from $200.