As we reach another milestone in our journey with "The Neighborhood Storyteller," I am thrilled to share the incredible strides we've made, thanks to your unwavering support. This project, aimed at amplifying refugee teenage girls education, has been a beacon of hope and transformation.
Film Festival Success: The film has received widespread recognition, featuring in 52 official selections across 25 countries. Its impactful storytelling has earned it numerous accolades, including the prestigious Women In Film Award at the Mountainfilm Festival.
Global Outreach: Our film has reached audiences worldwide, not just in film festivals but also through educational institutions like Yale University and impactful organizations like USA-UN. We've also successfully engaged corporate sectors, as seen in our collaborations with companies like Dropbox for employee engagement.
Community Impact: Central to our mission, we've conducted community screening events, including those at FiSahara Bubisher Libraries, Women for Women International, GirlForward, GirlUp, Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative and many others directly impacting thousands of lives. These events foster community bonding and awareness about the challenges faced by refugees, especially women and girls.
Broadcasting Milestones: The film was broadcast on PBS Stations, PBS VOD, and PBS Educational, with an estimated reach of approximately 430,000 viewers in the U.S. alone.
Training and Empowerment: Our partnership with We Love Reading has been pivotal. We Love Reading continues to successfully train numerous volunteers, empowering women and girls at the grassroots level.
Upcoming Initiatives: Looking ahead, we're excited about our collaboration with NABU and WLR, aiming to make literacy available to 250,000 kids in Jordan, Uganda, and Kenya. We are currently in the pilot phase in Kenya.
Education: the film is now available to Universities, Colleges, K-12, libraries, campus film festivals, museums, and continuing education through our partnership with GoodDocs.
Your contributions have been instrumental in these achievements. You've helped bring Asmaa's story to the world, highlighting the importance of literacy, empowerment, and resilience. Your support has enabled us to create a platform where the voices of the marginalized are heard and celebrated.
As we continue this journey, our focus remains on expanding our reach and deepening our impact. We're exploring new partnerships and preparing for more screening events to inspire and engage more communities.
Your generosity and belief in our cause make all of this possible. We are committed to keeping you updated on our progress and look forward to sharing more success stories in our next report.
This progress update will be different. Instead of hearing my words, I would like you to directly hear the voices of the film director Alejandra Alcala and the protagonist Asmaa Rashed discuss how storytelling can contribute to women and girls education. This interview was recorded during the Girl Up Global Leadership Summit.
Stories can catalyze change, amplify long-silenced voices, and connect communities around the world, building love and empathy across borders. Taking us on a journey of self-growth with two heroic storytellers at the 2023 #GirlUp Global Leadership Summit, Girl Up leader Joanna discovers why the documentary, “The Neighborhood Storyteller,” has touched the hearts of so many and serves as a shining example of the capacity and strength within us all.
Alejandra Alcala, Co-Founder, HOME Storytellers & Director, The Neighborhood Storyteller
Asmaa Rashed, Social Work Leader, We Love Reading Ambassador, and Protagonist of The Neighborhood Storyteller
Joanna H., Girl Up Leader (Lebanon)
*Note: This session features a mix of Arabic and English, with English subtitles on the screen for those who need them to follow along!
I am sure this conversation will help you better understand how supporting our project will help amplify refugee girls education. Enjoy it!
Our Coalition Continues to Grow, You can Join Too!
By Francisco Alcala | Executive Director
World Literacy Summit - Oxford - April 3, 2023
We continue to reach audiences with Asmaa's message, the Syrian refugee and the protagonist of documentary film The Neighborhood Storyteller:
LET'S TOGETHER UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS TO ACT CREATIVELY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.
With your support and the partnerships we are cultivating, the film and the message is spreading and is helping advance the Women and Girls Empowerment movement.
Here the latest update of the great reception the documentary is having in the worldwide film festival tour with 40 official selections in 20 countries. 21 nominations and 9 awards. Including Best Women in Film, Best Human Rights, Best Refugee Challenges, Excellence Award, Best Documentary Short, Highly Commended Feature Documentary and Best Picture Documentary.
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