17 Sep 2007
Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC) congratulates five of our Udaan members on their successful completion of Muskurati Roshni (Light of Joy), a short film on female feticide sponsored by SHE Creates. These five talented girls were selected to join a group of 25 girls from across India for a three-week immersive program on directing, screenwriting, acting, filming, and editing under the guidance of prominent industry professionals. The films they produced addressed key issues of violence and discrimination against women, including female feticide, son bias, street harassment ("eve teasing"), early marriage, dowry, bride burning, sex trafficking, and restriction of access to educational, extracurricular, and career opportunities. These 25 girls represented four non-profit organisations and one private school.
SHE Creates is a program by Adlabs, in association with Laadli and MAM Movies, that teaches girls to make short films on “what it feels to be a girl”. Adlabs, a Reliance Group company, is India's fastest growing filmed entertainment company. Laadli is a girl child campaign launched in 2005 by Population First to address the falling sex ratio for children under the age of 6. MAM Movies is an open source network of voluntary independent filmmakers who use media, art, and technology to inform, inspire, and empower others to create positive action in the world.
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) serves the women, girls, and toddlers of the Greater Kamathipura Area, one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing its members with the tools and resources to create a better life, AAWC seeks to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent intergenerational trafficking of girls and young children who grow up in the brothels. Learn more at www.aawc.in.