-- Diane Mariechild
Women Behind the Camera is a traveling participatory documentary highlighting the socio-environmental conflicts faced by the dynamic women of South America. Our mission is to both raise awareness about the struggle these women endure and act as a catalyst to connect them. The project began a few months ago with a short piece about Sapara’s resistance to oil exploitation. We now want to reproduce this experience in other effected communities.
This project hopes to remedy the lack of creative expression for women in these areas. Women will be offered the chance to express their concerns and experiences through a medium that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Women, in particular, find it more difficult to make their voices, concerns, and proposals heard.
The women who this documentary will be focused on will themselves be producing and directing the short pieces according to their own concerns, thoughts and desires. Each short will be shown within the communities and in places along the route of the whole project. Our feature documentary will be a compiled from these various pieces. We seek to stimulate social change through raising local awareness and acting as link between disenfranchised women of various isolated communities.