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Film Media and the Arts - Inspiring Social Action and Change
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I AM A GIRL

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I Am A Girl will paint a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. A world where technology and science offer unimagined potential but where we are still struggling to ensure men and women (boys & girls) are afforded the same opportunities.

 

The film will focus on the stories of ten girls from around the world exploring the reality of what it means to grow up female. Our journey will take us to a cross section of cultures and societies around the globe: from Africa, India, Asia, South America and Australia. Through these diverse areas we will discover the scope of girls experiences.

 

We will hear first hand from the girls – not only about their lives now but what they see for the future. In their stories are the shared thread of hopes and dreams of countless girls around the world.

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Stories of Change | A Sundance Institute & Skoll Foundation Partnership

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Stories of Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Focus Through Documentary is a five-year initiative of the Sundance Documentary Film Program in partnership with the Skoll Foundation that explores the potential of combining the art of nonfiction storytelling with the impact of social entrepreneurship. The goal is to create new possibilities in democratic practice and contemporary public thought through the dynamic engagement of these two vital fields and to cultivate and fund new documentary films with the power to combine the two worlds artfully.

 

Film Funding

In 2008, Stories of Change launched a request for proposals and received more than 300 submissions from filmmakers around the world interested in telling the stories of social entrepreneurs. The advisory committee included CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour, award-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, The Trials of Henry Kissinger), and Skoll Foundation Senior Advancement Officer Sandy Herz.

From stories about solar-powered floating schools in Bangladesh to Muhammad Yunus's innovative microcrediting programs, Stories of Change grant recipients follow some of today's most important world issues.

 

Stories of Change Convenings

"The most important outcome for me was the understanding that the movie is not an end result but the beginning of a much larger process that needs to be prepared in advance and strategized." —Sebastien Marot, Friends International

"I have been able to realize that the film industry and its people can influence public opinion and that the issue of social entrepreneurship, if embraced by this industry, may well reach and make an impact on a large part of society and the decision makers." —Albina Ruiz, Ciudad Saludable

The Sundance/Skoll convening series meetings are designed to create new pathways for exploring film's role in advancing knowledge about social entrepreneurship by establishing both a network of professional exchange between filmmakers and social entrepreneurs and supporting those film projects that result. Three Stories of Change convenings were held each year in 2008, 2009, and 2010: at the Sundance Film Festival, the Skoll World Forum, and the Sundance Independent Producers Conference. Each one brought together different high-level resources and individuals from the worlds of documentary filmmaking and social entrepreneurship.

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Uncommon Heroes « Skoll Foundation

Uncommon Heroes « Skoll Foundation | The Art of Change | Scoop.it

What does it mean when we say one person can change the world? In the Skoll Foundation’s compelling Uncommon Heroes film series, we follow some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs creating impact through innovative solutions to some of the most pressing problems globally.

Representing a portfolio of 18 short films, these popular short films of Skoll award recipients bring to life the work of social entrepreneurs around the world and illustrate the breadth and depth of social entrepreneurship models and the issues they address. Guests include Joe Madiath (Gram Vikas), Ann Cotton (Camfed), Dorothy Stoneman (YouthBuild) and more.

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"Bully" The Documentary

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Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.   It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

 

Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.

 

Read the film's reviews http://thebullyproject.com/indexflash.html#/press

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When Dreams Defy Reality..

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RIPPLING - by Beverly Schwartz - A look at how social entrepreneurs spread innovation throughout the world.

 

Book Excerpt:

 

Currently, social entrepreneurship is as much a field as it is a social movement. A whole new generation of ethical change agents—whether in business or academia or the media—is building a new sensibility about the way we live and interact. For many people, ‘‘social entrepreneurship is now a viable and desirable career path, where work is not just something that you do, but rather something that you are.’’

 

All of Ashoka’s Fellows (the people Ashoka deems to be leading social entrepreneurs and elect into a lifelong Fellowship of like-minded people) ripple their innovations through society by influencing other social entrepreneurs, the policy development process, and the actions of the private sector. As I came to know the Fellows I interviewed for this book, I found that they all, at a minimum, possessed four inherent qualities:

 

Purpose

Passion

Pattern

Participation

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The Last Survivor

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The Last Survivor by Righteous Pictures, an engaging documentary that follows the lives of Survivors of four mass atrocities (Holocaust, Rawanda, Dafur, Congo) – focusing on each Survivor’s ability to rebuild their lives in the face of tragedy and become inspiring agents of change. The film is a “staggeringly powerful” testament to the strength of the human spirit and the extraordinary ability we each have to make a difference in the world.

 

Film Screening: Thursday 31st May @ Bella Union Melbourne, Victoria. Visit www.artsinaction.com.au for more information

 

Righteous Pictures is a film production and humanitarian organization that takes a transformational and proactive approach to documenting and fostering social action.

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Rwanda’s Best Knitters | stories.coop

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Rwanda’s Best Knitters

        About 1,000 women in Rwanda have formed nearly 30 knitting cooperatives with the help of Rwanda Knits, a U.S. based organization that provides hand-operated knitting machines, along with technical and business training. For most of the cooperatives, the orders tend to be small and for domestic customers. But encouraged by government incentives, the best members among them form cooperative unions like the Ingenzi Knit Union, which consists of nearly 150 expert knitters from four (and soon to be five) knitting cooperatives in Kigali and Myange. They take advantage of economies of scale and greater negotiating power for purchasing raw materials like yarn. Working together under the same roof, the members of the IKU like Rose Manirarora, 32 and President of the IKU, fulfill not only large-scale domestic orders (including school uniforms that range into the hundreds of units) but exports as well. This past fall, they completed the largest knitwear order sent from Rwanda to the United States: 4,500 cozy Sarapo Loop wool-blend scarves for the fashion chain Anthropologie.

IKU non-profit partner, Indego Africa, helps facilitate the orders and funnel profits toward English literacy, computer and accounting training. They also ensure the artisan members receive a fair wage that includes 50% in advance of production. Since forming, the IKU members have seen their lives improve in ways large and small: Two members, Josiane Niyitegaka, 29, and Immaculee Ilibagiza, 30, have been accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at Rwanda’s School of Finance and Banking; several said they can now pay for their children to attend school; and one has been able to purchase a small piece of land that she rents for additional income. Yet perhaps the most poignant change comes from the woman who is excited that she now has enough money to buy something as basic as soap.

“Rwandan women are standing up,” Rose said, “but we need more training so that we have enough skills to develop partnerships with people outside Rwanda and look for new markets in the USA.”

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