Real Change Girls Film Project

SkyWorks Charitable Foundation and David Adkin

2012, 26:00 minutes, colour, English


These short docs by teenaged girls explore cultural identity, body image, gender politics and violence against women. Each of the four films are available to screen separately; a DVD with all four is available for purchase. SkyWorks’ Real Change Girls Film 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.

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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

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