ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference
Hosted by: ConnectHER
Visit our Booth:
- Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 7th, 8th
- Watch the 5-minute student-made film "Aya's Home" below. The film is from the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues.
- Pick an environmental problem that affects women and girls and think about how you would make your own 3-6 minute film about it. How would you find ideas about ways to solve this problem? Briefly describe your approach and write down the first three steps you would take to begin your project.
- Learn more below about making and submitting your film. To date, we've received over 1,000 original films from over 40 countries and have awarded selected winners more than $150,000 in scholarships. We'd love to see what you create!
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Designing for Communities, People and Animals?
Every year, thousands of people flee their home countries and are labeled as refugees. In addition to suffering from a lack of basic amenities, refugees also often lack access to the technology that facilitates education. Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers; and, for every ten refugee boys in a classroom, there are fewer than eight girls. We tend to think of technology only in terms of computers and other electronics, but "the book, made through mechanical processes, engineered as an appliance for leisure and instruction, can also be seen as a machine, a tool for use, a technology developed to serve a need, and one with a long and rich history. We type and swipe, touching screens as we once touched paper pages, forgetting that previously the book, too, was a form to be learned." (LA Book Review) Thus by writing a book for refugee children, the high-school students in the featured film "Aya's Home" are also designing technology.
Student filmmakers have the power to become advocates, raising awareness and attracting essential funding and resources through the power of film. Today, anyone with a passion and a phone can become a filmmaker. Identifying gender inequality in your community and drafting a plan on how you might shine a light on that inequality is a powerful first step to making a meaningful difference.
Every year, thousands of people flee their home countries and are labeled as refugees. Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers; and, for every ten refugee boys in a classroom, there are less than eight girls. When two high-schoolers who spend their time teaching these children English noticed that there were not any books written for them, they decided to write one themselves. Aya's Home is a children's book written for and illustrated by refugee children. The book delivers the messages of hope, friendship, and gender equity for these children as they navigate their new home country.
Questions to consider:
- What are some challenges faced by the refugee children in Aya's Home?
- Is education a basic human right or a privilege? Explain your answer.
- How is the book a form of technology?
Do the struggles facing women and girls in your community and around the world make you yearn to do something? Us too!
We are ConnectHER, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas focused on elevating the status of women and girls everywhere. We work to do this by:
- Funding women-led projects all over the globe.
- Hosting the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. To date we've received over 1,000 original films from over 40 countries and have awarded selected winners more than $150,000 in scholarships.
Want to get involved with the film festival? Awesome!
- Watch the film above.
- Brainstorm your own ideas for a film about an issue facing women and girls in your community.
- In addition to women and the environment, other possible themes include girls’ education, ending violence against women, poverty & economic independence, authentic beauty/body image, or centering the voices of black women and girls.
- No prior filmmaking experience is required, and first time filmmakers are encouraged to enter. But if you'd like to boost your filmmaking skills, these free—or almost free—courses will help you up your game so you can make a film you’re proud of.
- The submission deadline is June 15th, 2021. Find more submission details here.
- Contact us at email@example.com for more info. We'd love to hear from you!