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BRAVE GIRLS

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In one of the oldest towns in India three young women seek to change their futures. The opportunity to continue their schooling has opened up the possibility of a different life for Karishma, Apsana and Samira. But even as they prepare for final exams, their families begin preparations for their weddings, threatening to pull them back into the prescribed roles of wives and mothers. Immediately, they are forced to choose between their evolving dreams and their obligations to their community. At once frustrating and inspiring, Brave Girls reveals the complexity that emerges on the path to self-determination.

Background

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, 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.

SCREENINGS

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Brave Girls had its World Premiere in November 2018 at DOCNYC to a sold out crowd.

UPCOMING

  • FEBRUARY 20th, MUMBAI, INDIA: DADASAHEB PHALKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

HOST YOUR OWN

  • Get in touch if you are interested in organizing a screening to engage your community members, spark discussion, and amplify your message about women’s growing agency worldwide. Email: bravegirlsdoc AT gmail.com

TRAILER

FILMMAKERS

 
DEBORAH WALLACE, Executive Producer:   Deborah is an Emmy-nominated Producer, Director, Writer & Performer. She has worked on the Emmy winning documentary, GASLAND & produced GASLAND, Part II & received an Emmy nomination. She completed BLOOD ON THE MOUNTAIN which will released by Virgil Films & Netflix. 

DEBORAH WALLACE, Executive Producer:

Deborah is an Emmy-nominated Producer, Director, Writer & Performer. She has worked on the Emmy winning documentary, GASLAND & produced GASLAND, Part II & received an Emmy nomination. She completed BLOOD ON THE MOUNTAIN which will released by Virgil Films & Netflix. 

ELLIE WALTON,   Director / DP:   Ellie is an award-winning filmmaker and educator, committed to sharing personal stories that reveal and inspire. She is the recipient of the DC Mayor's Arts Award and is a frequent collaborator with the DC based production company, Meridian Hill Pictures.

ELLIE WALTON, Director / DP:

Ellie is an award-winning filmmaker and educator, committed to sharing personal stories that reveal and inspire. She is the recipient of the DC Mayor's Arts Award and is a frequent collaborator with the DC based production company, Meridian Hill Pictures.

YASHASWI DESAI,   Director:    Yashaswi is a facilitator, visual artist, and holistic healer. Born and raised in Gujarat, she has an open heart to learn from each small moment and feels passionate about sharing stories that inspire reflection.

YASHASWI DESAI, Director: 

Yashaswi is a facilitator, visual artist, and holistic healer. Born and raised in Gujarat, she has an open heart to learn from each small moment and feels passionate about sharing stories that inspire reflection.

TANISHA CHRISTIE,   Producer  :    Tanisha is an interdisciplinary performer, multi-platform producer, filmmaker and educator who loves collaborative art making and engaging an audience directly in performance. She is a 2016/2017 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence developing a new performance installation, called bathtub.

TANISHA CHRISTIE, Producer

Tanisha is an interdisciplinary performer, multi-platform producer, filmmaker and educator who loves collaborative art making and engaging an audience directly in performance. She is a 2016/2017 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence developing a new performance installation, called bathtub.

MAGEE McILVAINE,   Editor  :    Magee received much of his film training under the mentorship of award winning Director Scott Willis, including the opportunity to work on the critically acclaimed documentary  The Woodmans .  Since then, he has worked on several feature documentaries with topics ranging from campaign finance reform to youth development.

MAGEE McILVAINE, Editor

Magee received much of his film training under the mentorship of award winning Director Scott Willis, including the opportunity to work on the critically acclaimed documentary The Woodmans.  Since then, he has worked on several feature documentaries with topics ranging from campaign finance reform to youth development.

SONALI UDAYBABU,   Camera  :    Sonali is a queer feminist activist, filmmaker, and magazine editor. She has been involved in social justice and documentary filmmaking since her teens, and finds intrigue & meaning in stories that push boundaries in the ways that make up the world.

SONALI UDAYBABU, Camera

Sonali is a queer feminist activist, filmmaker, and magazine editor. She has been involved in social justice and documentary filmmaking since her teens, and finds intrigue & meaning in stories that push boundaries in the ways that make up the world.

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We are currently raising funds for distribution and outreach, so that the film can be used as a tool to open conversations with young women and their families across India about what it means for girls to make healthy choices for themselves.

The project is fiscally sponsored by Sustainable Markets Foundation a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be sent to:

Sustainable Markets Foundation

45 West 36th Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10018

Checks should be made out to "Sustainable Markets Foundation: Purpose: Brave Girls