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.
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.
Brave Girls had its World Premiere in November 2018 at DOCNYC to a sold out crowd.
FEBRUARY 20th, MUMBAI, INDIA: DADASAHEB PHALKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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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
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:
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Checks should be made out to "Sustainable Markets Foundation: Purpose: Brave Girls