5 WOMEN I 5 STORIES I 5 WEEKS
Women that are marginalized are rarely given the chance to express themselves fully, be it at home or in their community. They are made to feel as if their opinions do not matter; talking about their thoughts and feelings often feels like it’s not an option. This means that their unique voices hardly ever get cultivated, making self-realization harder, if not impossible, to attain. The effects of not finding your voice and not being conscious of having a voice can be quite damaging. Not only to the individual psyche, but also to the advancement and development of a community that they help to make up. This is especially true if that individual or community has experienced such traumatic events as civil war, sexual violence, massacres, or extreme poverty.
Telling stories through the art of filmmaking is a creative tool that helps empower women by allowing them to capture the truth of their experience, express deep personal values, and arrive at answers to the questions that life poses. This process creates a space that encourages community dialogue, personal investigation, and a sense of confession between the individual and their psyche.
It also helps bring memories of traumatic experiences to the forefront. These memories are often repressed and radically dissociated, but can now be analyzed through the use of story, so that they can be better understood. This makes it no longer necessary to re-live or re-enact this trauma in real life, enabling them to let go. As women work through their ghosts through filmmaking, they learn to work through their past and heal. The filmmaking process strengthens the imagination, voice, and spirit and I believe that all women need to have access to this.
So please help me bring this workshop to 5 women in an underserved community by making a donation below.
RAISED: $625 GOAL: $5308