Journalist and producer
Tania Menai is a New York-based journalist and the author of a book in Portuguese that collects stories of 23 Brazilians living in the city. This book is a result of a career in journalism, which made her known for her ability in interviewing one-on-one dignitaries and ordinary people of our time: from Israeli Shimon Peres and Italian Renzo Piano to Americans Larry King, Rudy Giuliani, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, the list includes CEOs, Nobel Prize Winners, actors, writers, doctors, and historians, among many others. She had also co-written a book with Rabbi Nilton Bonder, as well as a children’s book about Shabbat with Rabbi Luciana Pajecki Lederman; she wrote and edited a guide to New York City, and a book telling the roller-coaster story of the largest Brazilian start-ups, Peixe Urbano,
She moved from Rio de Janeiro in 1995, to take classes in communications at the New York University. Her career started at the Wall Street Journal Americas, and continued as correspondent to relevant magazines, radio stations, TV and websites in Brazil, including Veja and Exame (the local equivalent to Time and Business Week). For three years she was also in charge of communications for Lily Safra, the widow of banker Edmond J. Safra.
Award winning filmaker Cintia Chamecki moved from Curitiba, Brazil to New York City in 1997 and worked as a dancer and choreographer there until 2007. In 2007, Cintia co-founded FILMADAY, a production company specialized in producing short documentary films that capture a day in the life of a child, as a family keepsake. To date, FILMADAY has produced more than 50 video portraits. Cintia produced, edited and directed the feature-lengh documentary ESTAMOS AQUI – HERE WE ARE (Danken Got). It won the Audience Award at the 11 Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival, official selection for the Miami Jewish Film Festival 2014, the 17th Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Curitiba Jewish Film Festival, among others.
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