Our participants never lack in creativity and enthusiasm where sustainable projects are concerned. Explore some of the initiatives these bold filmmakers are engaged in.
Gender Equality and Diversity
If achieving gender equality is a historical struggle, then gaining a better understanding of the history of women in film is vital. Rachel Pronger’s inVISIBLE Women film collective aims to achieve just that: through collaboration with archivists, curators and exhibitors, the feminist collective she co-leads is dedicated to presenting screenings and writing on women in film history. You can find out more and subscribe to the collective’s newsletter here.
Brazilian curator and critic Luis Fernando Moura is tireless when it comes to promoting debate and helping independent films reach regional audiences. In addition to collaborating alongside Kleber Mendonça Filho as a programming coordinator at the Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Luis is currently experimenting with an online programming project started in 2020, "fuga," which will stream transversal curated collections of films that explore questions in dissent, a bold endeavor in a challenging Brazilian political landscape.
The effects of climate change are unequally felt. In the North of India, farmers have seen drought after drought ruin their already meagre incomes. The consequence has been a wave of suicides that has left many widows in financial and emotional despair. Kinshuk Surjan’s current documentary work intervenes here: gathering widows around a psychologist to deal with their grief, Kinshuk documents their stories in an act of engaged and compassionate camerawork that also allows women to work through their grief collectively.
Peace, Justice & Understanding
Sadia Khatri’s belief in the power of words is matched only by her belief in the power of women: a critic and cultural programmer in Pakistan, in 2015, she co-founded the feminist collective Girls at Dhabas (which roughly translates as Girls at Tea-shops), a project that champions the presence of women and non-binary individuals within Pakistan’s male-dominated streets. Alongside an active role in organizing Women’s Marches across Pakistan, Girls at Dhabas collects and archives narratives of women which are then unconventionally exhibited in public spaces.