Tanzania, Pakistan, Vietnam (& Chingford)
It’s been ages since my last blog! Six months in fact. Six very busy months.
It has been a whirlwind and as I sit at my desk in my new(ish) home overlooking some woods in Chingford, I write to you from the eye of the storm of busy-ness.
Here’s some of what I’ve been working on in the past half-year….
Simulizi ya kweli ya Ghati na Rhobi
The Swahili language version of ‘The True Story of Ghati and Rhobi’ launched exactly a year ago has now received 41,000 views on youtube!
The film / campaign is doing well in rural Tanzania and is being used by The Children’s Dignity Forum in their crucial work to end FGM.
We hope that the film will be rolled out in other African countries soon to assist the work of local and continent wide organisations.
Our national forced marriage prevention campaign is now fully underway. Based on our multi-award winning film, the campaign is in collaboration with remarkable organisaton the Sharan Project.
Our work in schools and community settings began in September with our five regional partner organisations, IKWRO, The West Midlands Specialist Domestic Abuse Consortium, The Wish Centre, Luton Women’s Centre and Peer Productions
In October the film was shown in Pakistan at the International Student Social Responsibility Conference 100 universities.
The Our Girl website – www.ourgirl.co.uk – was launched in September. Check out the website, social media platforms and support the campaign! Click for the facebook page and our twitter page.
We are working with charity ECPAT on a short animation highlighting the treacherous journeys children from Vietnam are forced to make in order to grow Canabis in Europe.
The film is due for completion in early 2017 and we are now in the painting stage. Oscar nominated artist Erica Russell is creating stunning designs to convey the stories of two young Vietnamese boys. See below for some of her early sketches.
All Of Us
Alongside Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN) we’re making a very ambitious film that looks at solutions to cultural and religious intolerance.
Aimed at children, we have been running focus groups in schools and heard fantastic insights from young people.
Drawings from a children’s focus group.
We have started production now with designs being completed and animation in progress. The film will be finished in April 2017 with the launch confirmed as the 16th of May! Details coming soon…