GIRLS FILMMAKING PROJECT 2012

SkyWorks’ Real Change Girls Filmmaking Project was launched in January of 2012 in partnership with Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau, Charles Street Video, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Centre for Urban Schooling, and the Toronto Public Library.

From January to May, eleven participants, ages 15 – 19, directed, shot and edited four short documentaries about issues facing girls and women today. The films were premiered to a packed house at the Toronto Reference Library on June 14, 2012.

 

BEAUTY BITES (5 min)
Directors: Crystal Gao and Alisha Talpur

What is beauty? This film examines the unrealistic standards of beauty set by the media and the impact these images have on the value of women.

 

BOYS WILL BE BOYS (6 min)
Directors: Jennifer Dong, Joanna Lividas and Maneesa Sotheeswaran

This short film investigates society’s justification of violence against women through the influence of social media and pop culture.

 

WASICHANA (7 min)
Directors: Arianna Lividas, Julia Simac and Nicole Toole

Girls face gender stereotypes everywhere. Shot in Toronto and Kibura, Kenya, wasichana (‘girl’ in Swalhili) looks at the struggles of girls to fit into societies that do not always view women as equal to men.

 

GIRLS BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (8 min)
Directors: Jenny Deng, Adiba Hasnat and Miranda Hersco

This short film examines the challenges and experiences many first generation Canadian girls face and how family, friends and culture affect their identities.

Real Change Girls Project Partners

  • Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl Speakers Bureau
  • Charles Street Video
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Centre for Urban Schooling
  • Toronto Public Library

This project was made possible with support from

The Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The Massey and Stodgell Voices of Children Fund

The Jackman Foundation

The Lawson Foundation