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Sep 4, 2018

We are the September Project of the Month!

Dear friend,

As someone who shares our belief that Stories Power Change and Stories Change Power, we have two exciting things to tell you:

First, you may remember hearing about Sajana, one of the Reel Women Real Change graduates featured in our video and whose project focused on women subjected to acid attacks. Less than one week ago, Sajana's photography was featured in an NPR piece about how a survivor of such an attack helped to change Nepal's criminal code. We are inspired by this important example of smart advocacy and applaud Sajana for her contribution. 

Second, this project - the one that YOU believed in - has been chosen to be GlobalGiving's September Project of the Month! We are overjoyed to have been selected from the thousands of wonderful projects on the platform for this honor.

Being the Project of the Month means that people from around the world will learn about what we're doing - and support the next RWRC workshop. 

Thank you for getting us this far. 

If we've done something or shared an update in the past several months that inspired you and made you glad to be a part of growing this program, would you please let us know? We'd love to hear from you - and we look forward to sharing more as September unfolds!

With gratitude,

Piper & the team at p.h. balanced films 

Aug 30, 2018

We are September's Project of the Month!

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Dear Director (yes, you),

As a member of our Director's Circle, someone who believed in us when Reel Women Real Change was just an idea typed out on a phone from a sleeping bag on the floor of a hostel in Kathmandu, we are delighted to share two pieces of great news:

First, you may remember hearing about Sajana, one of the RWRC graduates featured in our video and whose project focused on women subjected to acid attacks. Less than one week ago, Sajana's photography was featured in an NPR piece about how a survivor of such an attack helped to change Nepal's criminal code. We are inspired by this important example of smart advocacy and applaud Sajana for her contribution. 

Second, our Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact project - the one that YOU helped make possible - has been selected as Global Giving's September Project of the Month! We are overjoyed to have been selected from the thousands of projects on the platform for this honor. This means that people from around the world will learn about what we're doing and have an opportunity to support the next RWRC workshop. 

Thank you for making this possible.

We wouldn't have had a project - much less a Project of the Month! - without you.

This is news so exciting that you may receive it twice if you also supported the Stories, Advocacy, Impact project. Feel free to share either message and help us spread the word!

With gratitude,

Piper & the team at p.h. balanced films 

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May 31, 2018

Our graduates are putting their knowledge to work!

With your help, nearly two dozen women attended our inaugural Reel Women Real Change program in Nepal last October. 

We are delighted to share one of many concrete examples of a program graduate putting her knowledge to work in the months since then:

Several weeks ago, through our global network of filmmakers, we were connected to a film crew in Nepal focusing on the rise of domestic violence in a rural community.

This crew was facing a challenge.

Unfortunately, it's a challenge that is all too common - but not everyone recognizes it.

The challenge was not one of camera or audio equipment. It was not one of financing. The challenge was not one of travel logistics, nor of losing files or footage. 

The challenge? The crew consisted of men. Only.

The complete lack of a woman's perspective on the team is particularly problematic when taking on the topic of increasing violence against women.

Connecting with us, they appreciated that everything about the production would benefit by having women involved. (More than just being on the subject side of the camera, that is.)

One of our graduates was brought in specifically because of the training she received though Reel Women Real Change. The head of their team recently reached out to us to let us know her contribution was "very valuable" and, with her input, the team has incorporated more women into the production, including a woman assistant director.

We were honored to work with this team in Nepal - and appreciate their embracing the importance of diversity of perspectives in the telling of important stories.

We proud of our Reel Women Real Change graduate for being part of the project and bringing her knowledge and perspective to such an important cause. 

And we are grateful to you for making Reel Women Real Change possible.

Thank you.

 
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