A bold and intimate portrait of three young women in India coming of age on their terms.
We arrived in Dholka with a backpack full of donated digital cameras and no agenda except to give young women a chance to explore their lives through a lens. Soon we were in deep with a group of girls that had just decided to join a new program, facilitated by the NGO Pratham, which gave them a second chance to finish school. After 3 months of digital storytelling workshops, their short films were selected to the Women at Work Film Festival in Ahmedabad, where the girls shared the stage with Bollywood film directors and nationally acclaimed feminist artists. Two van loads from their small town came out to watch the premiere of their short film:
One week after the screening of their digital letter we received a phone call from one of the girls, sharing that she was considering running from her arranged marriage so that she could pursue her dream to finish school and get a job. Although we had already begun filming their journey back to school, at this point, we realized there was a deeper story unfolding.
We are currently sharing the film with communities across India and the U.S. to inspire conversations about the growing agency of young women worldwide. Karishma and Apsana have joined the outreach team to facilitate workshops and connect girls with practical support in advancing their dreams. Please consider a donation in support of our on-going distribution efforts.
The BRAVE GIRLS team in India has taken to the streets to ask folks to take the BRAVE GIRLS PLEDGE in support of the aspirations of young women in India and around the world.