It was a trip down South with her husband, and getting lost along the way, that led Joan Sadoff, a Temple alumna, to her first documentary “Philadelphia, Mississippi.”
In 1992, Sadoff and her husband, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Robert Sadoff, followed the Freedom Trail through southern civil rights sites. When they got lost in Mississippi, they asked a woman for directions and she told them that if they had a tape recorder, she and others had stories they wanted to tell. This chance meeting led to their first documentary.
After that film, they knew there were more stories to tell which led to “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders,” the story of the Civil Rights Movement from the point of the view of the women who were part of it. The documentary has been shown at dozens of film festivals, won 14 awards and continues to be shown worldwide.
On March 19, Joan Sadoff will show “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders” from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Walk Auditorium in Ritter Hall. Sadoff will also sign copies of the companion book, “Pieces From the Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights.” Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.
Sadoff received her master of social work and a master of education from Temple. She has spent her professional career as a clinical social worker and has lectured to academic, professional and community organizations on the subject of societal change in the family.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including Temple University’s School of Social Administration Alumni Fellow Award (now School of Social Work); and recognized in the university’s Gallery of Success. She was named Social Worker of the Year in 2005 by the National Association of Social Workers PA chapter and most recently the recipient of the Annual Award for “Civil Rights and Social Justice” at the National Conference on Civil Rights.
In April, Sadoff will receive the Temple University Alumni Impact Award, presented annually for outstanding service, advocacy and contribution to a school or college at Temple.