Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series

by Ba Futuru / For the Future
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Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series
Unlocking Love / Domin Nakloke Film Series

The chngemakers who participated in Ba Futuru’s program finally successfully delivered 192 unlocking love film series screenings and viewer group discussions in the municipalities of Ermera, Bobonaro and Viqueque in Timor-Leste. The project team has reached the target audience with a total participants 3,840 was achieved. 

Out of the total 3,840 participants, 2,174 are women and 1,666 are men, coming from various villages in the target municipalities.

Specific efforts were made to engage with a cross-section of participants. They ranged from school students, youths, parents, and local authorities of the villages in the target municipalities. The activities were also attended by persons with disabilities as well as members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF Representative took part in a film screening and community discussion event on  June 20th, 2022 in Railaco, Ermera

Below is a quote from one of the participants that identified himself as a member of the LGBTI community living in Bobonaro municipality, aged 27:

“Through these activities, I learned a lot. In my life, I am sometimes discriminated against by my community because my sexual orientation is different. I fight to live without discrimination, and I think I can’t. It is too difficult for me. My parents do not accept me being the other sex- I have lots of friends who stand with me to fight back. They have told me that I have to be stronger to stay where I am because my life is my world and no one can change and no one can be decided what I can do. I have my own life and my own world that no one can lead for me and no one can be decided for me. These activities are very special for me and others because I noticed after the screening some of my friends slowly change their minds, they not call me “Mamar” (a pejorative term used to describe someone who displays feminine traits) anymore but they call me by my name and I think a few of them start to respect me”. 

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General summary

NGO Ba Futuru through the funding support from Grant Challenge Canada implemented an unlocking love film about “Unlocking Sexual and Reproductive Health in Timor-Leste” project was able to show a profound impact through using innovative modern technology, mini projectors so that films could be shown to large numbers of youth. Twelve youth Changemakers were trained to organize viewer groups, screen the films with mini projectors and hold discussions with youth participants. Surveys helped to gauge changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices of the youth participants. The project offered a space for 1,363 youth to view at least one of the various films (less than originally planned due to the COVID pandemic). Out of the total 1,029 youth that took part in the follow-up survey weeks after having watched the films (some that watched the films only, and others that watched the films and participated in discussion groups) 88% of the youth reported being more motivated to access to SRHR services.

One of the youths who participated in the program stated, "In my family, my parents never had a discussion with me about sexual reproductive health issues including menstruation. They considered that this issue is taboo to talk about. However, when I participated in this program, I found that it was very helpful. Due to the fact that the discussion only involved youth, we felt free to talk and share experiences from our own lives. I think this information is very important to share with my other friends and family members. I found that the way the project incorporated film discussion is innovative because we were able to discuss and express our ideas through the film characters. This way we would not offend other people since it did not specifically mention a real-life event of another person.”

In the pre-survey only 29% of the youth reported being confident to speak to the others about SRHR, and after they watched the films and participated in a discussion group 63% of the youth reported being confident to speak to the others about SRHR.

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Thank you for your support in making these two new Domin Nakloke episodes possible!

On the 15th of December, NGO Ba Futuru launched the two new episodes of the Domin Nakloke film series. These films were produced as part of the Spotlight Initiative, a joint partnership between the United Nations and the European Union to eliminate violence against women and girls and foster a more inclusive and gender equitable society in Timor-Leste through innovative Social Behavior Change Communication tools.

These new films build on the success of the first season of Domin Nakloke, which received hundreds of thousands of views on social media. Episode 5, Darkness and Light, explores the issues of balance in relationships, with an exciting story line where disaster is juxtaposed with destiny.  Episode 6, the Family Network, opens with the situation around April 4th floods, and is about a child who lost her parents and must overcome her past and find support from the family to get through this dark time. These films bring to light important messages on violence prevention, and promotion of gender equality in Timor-Leste. 

Ana Xavier returns to star in these films as Teresa with her partner Rony, played by Mozanquinho Gomes. Familiar characters, Lola and Adao (Rosaria da Costa Dos Reis and Antoninho Rodrigues), also return in episode 6 as experienced parents that help coach Teresa and Rony as they prepare for taking on parenting role. Famous actor and film maker, Simao Alamar, also joins the team for episode 5, together with rising star Melchior Dias Fernandes, and both do a fabulous job in bringing this deeply meaningful story to life.

Outside of the acting realm, Ana Xavier and Antoninho Rodrigues have become dedicated gender rights activists since the release of the first season, joining Ba Futuru as changemakers raising awareness on the various social issues such as: promoting healthy relationships, and the prevention of domestic violence, sexual harassment and prevention of early pregnancy. They have collaborated on a project that has sponsored film screenings and discussion groups with hundreds of youth across various municipalities. Ba Futuru, with support from the Spotlight Initiative, has been working to empower a group of 30 new changemakers that will work with MSSI officials in Viqueque, Ermera and Bobonaro to hold film screenings and dynamic discussions with young people.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, the Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator, and UNICEF Country Representative in Timor-Leste underlined the importance of promoting positive behaviors among intimate partners, eliminating harsh parenting practices and creating positive parent-child relationships as a way to break the cycle of violence against women and children at home. “Changing long-held practices and norms is not always easy. But we must do everything we can to stop violence from occurring, and ensure a safe environment for the children, girls and women of Timor-Leste,” he said.

These two new episodes are part of partnership between NGO Ba Futuru and UNICEF in Timor-Leste and part of Spotlight Initiative programme, in an effort to break the cycle of violence against women and girls in Timor-Leste through the use of Social Behavior Change Communication campaign including a plethora of resources like brochures, posters and a facilitation discussion guide developed by NGO Ba Futuru / For the Future in partnership with UNICEF Timor-Leste.

As a key part of its violence prevention work, NGO Ba Futuru utilizes innovative and engaging methods like film to create changes in attitudes and behavior.

Ba Futuru’s Director, Juliana “Lica” Marçal states, "Although women and children continuously become victims of various types of violence, many people ignore this violence. Instead, we must all work together in order to prevent violence in our societies".


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Rony Teresa
Rony Teresa

The award-winning film series that changes in moving forward into the production phase next month!

Ba Futuru and UNICEF are collaborating in order to create two new Domin Nakloke / Unlcoking Love episodes, which set to launch in September of 2021.

Currently, the scripts are being finalized and casting is about to begin.

Spoiler alert - the love story between Teresa and Rony, which began in episode 4, will continue to unfold in the new episodes. 

This is part of the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste. The goal is to harness the power of Social Behavior Change Communication to break the cycle of GBV in Timor-Leste, with emotional engagement of audiences providing impetus for the wide-scale transformation of gender norms around the use of violence. 

The pandemic is raging in Timor-Leste so any additional assistance that you can provide will help us to make these films and mitigate extra costs that are involved in production during a pandemic period.

Thank you for your support!

Adao & Lola
Adao & Lola
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Agreement with UNICEF
Agreement with UNICEF

Happy new year!

Ba Futuru is very excited that we have recently signed a partnership agreement with UNICEF to produce two more edutainment episodes of the Domin Nakloke Film Series, while working to empower youth and CSO staff across Bobonaro, Ermera and Viqueque municipalities to change social and behavioral norms around violence against children, girls and women in Timor-Leste.

The partnership falls under the umbrella of the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against children, girls and women.

Story development and pre-production will begin in early 2021! Let us know your ideas for how the story might unfold...

Thank you for your continued support to make this possible.

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