Women play a vital role in the economic prosperity of their families, communities, and countries. Yet in every part of the world, women work longer hours than men, are consistently paid less for their work, are at a higher risk of unemployment, and are far more likely to live in poverty. This central theme is the topic of a global online film symposium Wednesday, December 12 at 2pm ET / 19:00 UTC. To participate, visit bit.ly/PovertyChat.
The online symposium will feature clips from Welcome to the World, Solar Mamas, and other films from Why Poverty?, a global media event created to encourage people to talk about poverty around the world.
Welcome to the World follows the stories of mothers and babies in the U.S., Cambodia, and Sierra Leone, helping audiences to understand how poverty affects childbirth, childhood - and everything beyond.
Solar Mamas travels from Jordan to India with Rafea, who leaves her village for the first time to study solar engineering at the Barefoot College.
Watch and chat live with the filmmakers and experts from the White Ribbon Alliance and AWID, two leading organizations advocating for the rights of women and girls worldwide on issues related to maternal health and economic empowerment. Moderating the event will be TheRules.org, a new tech-savvy network of citizens demanding change to the policies, practices, and beliefs that create inequality and poverty. The event is presented by Why Poverty? in partnership with Women and Girls Lead and the International Museum of Women.
From our blog
August 5, 2019
The cheerleaders of the National Football League sweat through grueling drills, invest time, and money to stay in top physical condition, and revolve their lives around their sport. Yet most of them earn less than minimum wage. Shining a light on this astounding inequity, A Woman’s Work tells the story of a handful of cheerleaders who decide that they and…
July 26, 2019
Midnight Traveler was shot entirely on three cell phones out of sheer necessity. An autoethnographic film about a family in flight, the three-year journey follows filmmakers Hassan Fazili, Fatima Hussaini, and their two girls Zahra and Nargis fleeing Afghanistan, attempting to seek asylum in Germany because of a death bounty on Hassan. Due to its…
July 22, 2019
We just wrapped the ITVS Independents Summer Summit, a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry.We kicked off the Summit at Alamo Drafthouse with a preview screening of films from our most recent Open Call, and we ended the week at SPiN, where we…