DAS A.Woodward and DCM E. Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films (March 28)

DAS A.Woodward and DCM E. Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films (March 28)

 

On March 28, Deputy Assistant Secretary Aleisha Woodward and Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films to mark Women’s history month.  They made comment to the media before the screening.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Aleisha Woodward’s Comments to Media

Q-n about the “16 Women for Change” video presentations sponsored by the U.S. Embassy

DAS Woodward:  Today I am here at the Multimedia Education Center to participate in the finale of this fabulous project that the U.S. Embassy has sponsored, to really empower young women to tell their stories through film.  It is a great program and I understand that some of the films have been submitted to international documentary film festivals.  I understand that films are about women from these filmmakers’ lives.  It makes me think a little bit about the film “Hidden Figures,” that talked about the stories of the women who worked at NASA, who helped in the space program.  And it makes me wonder how many hidden stories there are here in Georgia that have not been told.   Today, we get to see 16 of those.  It makes me excited to see so many more of those hidden stories.

Q-n about the importance of People-to-People working group meeting

DAS Woodward:  I am here in Georgia for one of the working groups of the strategic dialogue [United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership] between the United States and Georgia.  We have this annual discussion, where we sit down and kind of do a review of the relationship. It is a good thing to do in any kind of relationship.  The Strategic Dialogue has four working groups: Democracy and Governance, Economic, Trade and Energy, Security and Defense and then People-to-People.  All of the others are very important, but to me People-to-People – the connections between Georgians and Americans – really underpins the other three issues.  I am here to participate in the annual working group of the People-to-People discussions and we will talk about all of the ways that we are working together to promote more connections between peoples of our country.

Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at the screening of “16 women for Change” documentary films

Q-n about the “16 Women for Change” video presentations sponsored by the U.S. Embassy

DCM Rood:  March is Women’s history month, and in Women’s History Month we are very happy to celebrate the achievements of 16 Georgian documentary filmmakers.  The U.S. Embassy has a project through which we are helping these filmmakers develop their skills.  We believe and certainly hope that they will go on to contribute to the filmmaking industry in Georgia and, therefore, to Georgia’s cultural significance and economic development.

Q-n about Georgia – NATO exercises, their significance, and the United States position towards them

DCM Rood: The NATO – The Georgia exercise is close to completion and this is another in a series of exercises that Georgia participates in as an important partner of NATO.  These exercises strengthen Georgia’s skills, increase it operability and increase its capacity to partner with NATO and NATO partners in security operations around the world.

Q-n about the State Security of Georgia saying that Russia uses the occupied territories to impact Georgian political processes

DCM Rood: It is no secret, and nothing new, that Russia occupies 20 percent of Georgia’s territory, and this is a situation that we condemn.  We call on Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions, to renounce recognition of the so called “independence” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and to allow humanitarian access to these territories.