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NYWIFT Screening Series at Norwood Club:
Where the Water Meets the Sky
Join us for free screening and discussion with Lisa Vincent, co-presented by Camfed, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to educating girls and supporting young women to help tackle poverty in rural communities.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman,
Where the Water Meets the Sky
is the story of a remarkable group of women in a remote region of northern Zambia who are given a unique opportunity: to learn how to make a film, as a way to speak out about their lives and to challenge the local traditions that have, until now, kept them silent.
Many in the group can’t read or write, most are desperately poor, and few have been exposed to film or television. But with the help of two teachers, this class of 23 women learn to shoot a film that portrays a subject of their own choosing. It involves an issue that is traumatic for them all, and rarely spoken about: the plight of young women orphaned by AIDS. Their film recounts the real-life experiences of Penelope, an 18-year-old orphan, and her struggle to provide for herself and her siblings in the wake of her parents’ deaths.
What begins as a workshop about filmmaking, and a quest to tell Penelope’s story, becomes a journey in empowerment as the women rise to the challenge of pressing their community to change.
has been a committed Camfed supporter and champion for girls' education since 2007. Her relationship with Camfed began while working as an attorney in London, where she took part in a project to study Camfed’s model of governance and best practices, culminating in a report titled “Accounting to the Girl: Working Towards a Standard Model of Governance in the Development Sector.” She followed up this work by taking on a full-time role with Camfed in NYC focused on raising awareness of Camfed’s work. She has now returned to the law and remains a dedicated Camfed volunteer.
More than 1,940,700 children in the poorest areas of Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe have benefited from Camfed's innovative educational programs. Investing in girls and women is a proven way to improve the health and wealth of a whole nation.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Jan. 31, 2013
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