ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference
The Ripple Effect
Hosted by: ConnectHER
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Recommended Grades: 7th, 8th
- Watch the 5-minute student-made film "The Ripple Effect" 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 Exploring Earth and Energy?
Women and girls around the world are disproportionately affected by environmental issues: "Women are often responsible for gathering and producing food, collecting water, and sourcing fuel for heating and cooking. With climate change, these tasks are becoming more difficult. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have a greater impact on the poor and most vulnerable – 70% of the world’s poor are women." (From iucn.org.)
Student filmmakers have the power to become advocates for these women, 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.
'The Ripple Effect' shows how access to safe water has transformed the lives of rural women in Pakistan. When seasonal patterns began to change and rainfall became scarce, these women adopted methods of conserving rainwater. Not only do girls like Deeba from the film no longer have to make the back breaking 8 kilometer journey to fetch water everyday, but they now have the freedom to pursue new opportunities and earn an income which they may invest in their children's futures. They continue to inspire the next generation of girls to conserve resources and use innovative methods to tackle an issue that affects over 2 billion people everyday.
Questions to consider:
- Why did access to safe water have such a big impact on women and girls?
- The filmmaker interviewed two women who put rainwater collection systems in their homes. What positive impacts did that have?
- What other environmental problems do you think have an impact on women and girls in poor countries?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. We'd love to hear from you!