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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Paola Mendoza

Filmmaker, Activist, The Soze Agency
Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist, author, and artist working at the leading-edge of human rights. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its artistic director and co-authored the New York Times best-seller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard around the World. Paola’s most recent book, Sanctuary, will be released by Penguin in 2020. Mendoza is also critically acclaimed film director whose films have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals around the world. Her films have thoughtfully tackled the complex issues of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States. She was named Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She is a Tribeca All Access, Film Independent, and Independent Film Week fellow. She is a co-founder of The Soze Agency and has been the creative director for campaigns fighting for immigration reform, criminal justice reform, incarcerated mother's and women’s rights. She is a co-founder of The Resistance Revival Chorus, the critically acclaimed women’s chorus that believes “joy is an act of resistance.”