ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference
Rural to Ramp
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 "Rural to Ramp" 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 Innovating Food and Fashion?
250 million adolescent girls live in poverty, 60% of chronically hungry people are women and girls, and less than 2 cents of every international development dollar goes to girls. For women in poor rural communities, the growing craft economy provides a way to achieve financial self-sufficiency by selling their designs. However, a lack of access to technology makes it difficult for these women to utilize computer programs to plan their designs, incorporate fashion trends, and access markets. Utilizing ethically sourced materials that promote environmental stability is also an important consideration in fashion design and discussed in the featured Activity Video.
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.
Rural to Ramp affords a closer look at how handcraft is making a difference in poverty alleviation. This short documentary shows the outcome of developing handcrafts when high-end design is incorporated.
Questions to consider:
- What challenges do women in poor rural communities face in creating and selling their wares?
- How does Mustard Seed Africa strive to empower these women?
- How is investing in women an investment for the whole community?
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!