NOTE: Regular readers of this blog know that we at p.h. balanced films believe strongly in the power of film to make a real impact in the world. Today, we bring you thoughts from one of our fellows on a fantastic example of this change-through-film phenomenon.
The common thread in all these stories? Each and every woman is pushing for justice—pushing to educate a younger generation of girls with hope that things might change. For example, an ex-sex worker from Cambodia named Samana (“forgiveness” in Khmer (or “Cambodian”) is not defeated by her circumstances; instead she is empowered. She helps to free girls from prostitution, as well as educate people in her community about the importance of safe sex. She says—“I’m not angry, I’ll stand taller to help other girls.”
How the Half the Sky movement is different…
At p.h. balanced films we are all about helping consumers recognize how powerful our dollars (or riels, or leones, or shillings) can be—the ways we spend our money have a huge impact on the world around us. For that reason, we especially appreciate the message with which Half the Sky leaves its viewers: “Imagine a world in which whatever we buy…whatever it is…oil or car…or a pair of boots…we think about the impact of women…then you make it like the antiapartheid movement…you bring the economic argument.” Supporting corporations and businesses that invest in human rights, through tools like micro-loans, for example, and opportunities for girls and women are critical to creating the shift we need to see to support those who support half the sky.
Want to get involved? Check out some of the companies and NGOs that are partnered with Half the Sky and find one that you want to support—these organizations are investing in ensuring rights for women all over the globe. Half the Sky also offers MANY ways you canget involved—donate, volunteer, host screenings of the film, and share your stories.
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