Keeping My Soul Right: Making Global Health Films on Women and Girls

By: Lisa Russell; Originally posted on Huffington Post

"Why do you always make bad films about Africa?"

As a Western documentary filmmaker who has traveled over 25 times to the African continent, I have been asked this question a lot, mostly by my African friends. And while I try to justify my work by elaborating on my "pure" intentions and my heartfelt efforts to retain the dignity of the people I film in my story, the reality is, making films about women and girls in Africa, as a non-African, usually means focusing my camera on the suffering, the struggles and the challenges facing African people. Read more...

Women Deliver PBS Documentary Airs this Weekend

PBS attended the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, and captured the event's highlights in a thirty-minute documentary airing this weekend. Executive Producer Cari Stein met with Melinda Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the issues facing girls and women worldwide, and the ways in which their health and well-being should be prioritized. Read more...

Upcoming Films Focusing on Girls and Women

By: Harshi Hettige

Look out for important and informative films about girls and in the upcoming months. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour broadcast event airing on PBS in October, focusing on the links between sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, maternal mortality, and most importantly, how women are fighting for change. Girl Rising, coming in Spring 2013, spotlights ten adolescent girls’ powerful stories from ten developing countries, written by ten talented writers and narrated by ten actresses. It’s a Girl is screening globally starting in Spring 2013, delving into the “gendercide” that has led to 200 million girls “missing” in the world today. Click to watch the trailers and read more...


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