Posted by: unhcragd | September 7, 2009

Participatory Filmmaking – Where the Water Meets the Sky

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 which have, until now, kept them silent.

Many in the group cant 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.

Learn more about the film by clicking here.

Their film recounts the real-life experiences of Penelop, 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 Penelops story, becomes a journey in empowerment as the women rise to the challenge of pressing their community to change.

Uplifting and poignant, Where the Water Meets the Sky is the story of an unforgettable group of women who defy long traditions of silence and who demonstrate with courage, humor and resilience that their futures are once again something of promise.

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  1. In the refugee camp I live in, we have a participatory video group, the lucky thing is that all of us can read and write. Am glad that we share the same dreams all over.

    • Hello Kate! Why do you feel the cameras were so empowering? Do you think the program you participated in would be helpful in other places?


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