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The Celebration of Women in Mathematics on May 12, 2021, is part of an international initiative to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody. May 12 was chosen for this annual event, as it is the birthdate of Fields medalist Maryam Mirzakhani.

Hear from panelists and watch a short film plus clips from Secrets of the Surface at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute's May 12 virtual event (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time) as part of the international initiative. Free and open to the public. Register at
In a review in May 2021 (pdf) published in the American Mathematical Society's Notices of the Zala Films DVD, Erdős 100 Plus, San José State University Professor Emeritus Dan Golston remarks that the interviews included in the collection are fascinating. "The DVD makes the life of Paul Erdős visible and is a time capsule of 20th century mathematics and mathematicians and how the world changed during that century," says Goldston. The film compilation of 10 videos totaling 180 minutes is available for purchase as a DVD on the Zala Films website or for streaming at Vimeo on Demand.
The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York, will offer a free screening of Secrets of the Surface followed by a virtual panel on April 25. The film will be available to stream at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion at 8:10 p.m. on the JBFC YouTube channel. Panelists include Amie Wilkinson, Hélène Barcelo, Cumrun Vafa, George Csicsery (director) and David Eisenbud (moderator).
The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe and the University of Tokyo will present an online screening of Secrets of the Surface, featuring Japanese subtitles, on Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. local time. The event will be introduced by Professor Yukari Ito of the institute with commentary by Professor Hideki Miyachi of the School of Mathematics and Physics, Kanazawa University. Admission is free.
4.16.2021 - 4.17.2021
The National Math Festival (April 16-18, 2021), a live online festival organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, will feature a screening and discussion of Secrets of the Surface on Friday, April 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Panelists include Dr. Hélène Barcelo, Dr. Roya Beheshti Zavareh, Dr. Marissa Kawehi Loving and Dr. Marie-Francoise Roy.

On Saturday, April 17, 3-4:30 p.m. ET, a Math Movie Sampler at the festival will feature clips from NOVA, NSF "We are Mathematics" contest winners, and Zala Films math film trailers. This segment will be moderated by David Eisenbud of MSRI and Ralph Bouquet of NOVA Education.
Secrets of the Surface screens March 29 at 8 p.m. GMT+2 at the 8th Film Festival Mathematics - Computer Science (March 14, 15, 22, 29), hosted by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with the Karlstorkino in Heidelberg. Four films spotlighting the life and work of outstanding scientists are featured in the festival. Participation is free of charge and discussions are in English. Producer/director George Csicsery will be available for questions following the screening on March 29.
A segment on Maryam Mirzakhani featuring clips from Secrets of the Surface and an interview with mathematician Roya Beheshti, Maryam's longtime friend, aired on Amanpour & Co. on CNNi and across the US on PBS stations. Watch it here.
In honor of Women's History Month in March, the International Documentary Association this week is saluting Sister Margaret Slachta, who was the first woman elected to Hungary's Parliament. The subject of Zala Films' Angel of Mercy, a work in progress, Slachta was a teacher and activist who openly defied Nazis and communists in her fight for social justice. Slachta and the Sisters of Social Service, the order she founded, are credited with saving over 1,000 lives through their heroic acts of courage during the Hungarian Holocaust of 1944-45.
2.4.2021 - 3.4.2021
Navajo Math Circles will screen at the virtual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) between February 4 and March 4, 2021. Click here for more information.

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Secrets of the Surface
The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

License to Tell
(in production)

Erdős 100 Plus

Navajo Math Circles

Child of Giants
My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange

Gazing Into the Past
The Unbounded Vision of James Cahill
(a collaboration with Skip Sweeney; in production)

Something New
Every Day

The Math & Magic of Ron Graham

People of the Current

Counting from Infinity
Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

Angel of Mercy
(in production; est. completion, 2021)

Taking the Long View
The Life of Shiing-shen Chern

Erdős 100

Hard Problems
The Road to the World's
Toughest Math Contest

To Prove and Conjecture
Excerpts from Three Lectures
by Paul Erdős

Where the Heart Roams

N is a Number
A Portrait of Paul Erdős

Troop 214
214-es Csapat

I Want to Be a Mathematician
A Conversation with Paul Halmos

Songs Along a Stony Road

The Right Spin

Julia Robinson
and Hilbert's Tenth Problem

Hungry for Monsters
A Tale from a New Age Witch Hunt

The Enchanted Mirror

The Thursday Club

porridge pulleys and Pi
Two Mathematical Journeys

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