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Documentary on Zambian women honoured at Jackson Hole Film Festival
NEW YORK, USA, June 25, 2008 – ‘Where the Water Meets the Sky’, the first documentary film from the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), was honoured with the ‘Best Global Insight’ award last week at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in Wyoming.
Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, the documentary chronicles how learning to share their stories through film transformed the lives of 23 women from Samfya, a remote region of northern Zambia.
Filmmaking as tool for change
In their first real exposure to modern communications technology, the women were able to challenge misconceptions about poverty, AIDS and the capability of individuals who lack conventional literacy skills.
For example, the filmmakers recount the experiences of Penelop, 19, an orphan living with AIDS, who struggled to provide for herself in the wake of her parents' deaths.
The Jackson Hole Film Festival is a competitive event committed to creating a platform for global inspiration and change. In conjunction with the fifth annual festival, the Jackson Hole Film Institute this year presented the Global Insight Summit, an international gathering where arts and cultural leaders came together with UN officials to explore how film and television can be utilized to highlight critical global concerns.
Camfed, a key partner of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, is dedicated to fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in their economic independence and leadership once they complete school.