Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A New Way to Breakthrough

Breakthrough is an innovative, international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, and community mobilization to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity. Through initiatives in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violance against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice, and immigration rights.

Watch one of their videos about an HIV+ woman who works to make a positive change.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Principle Pictures News

There has been a lot going here in Plymouth in the last couple of months!

We received a grant from the Cinereach Foundation for our film What Tomorrow Brings, which is still in the early phase of production.

Due to the success of working with our interns throughout this year, we're starting a more structured Intern Program - offering local students the opportunity for a hands-on experience in the world of documentary.

The Promise to Freedom is taking form - we are currently cutting a rough cut of the film. As we watch the stories take shape, we are more excited than ever about the project.

Stay tuned for more PP news! It's going to be a busy summer.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Teenagers Train to be Midwives in Afghanistan

Girls as young as 16 train to become midwives in rural Afghanistan. While most teenagers are watching movies, going on dates, and playing sports, these young women are saving lives. Midwives-in-training from the Institute for Health Sciences (IHS) at Herat Regional Hospital and the Community Midwifery Education (CME) program in Ghor Province are sending out students to deliver babies - practical training for a group of young health workers that could potential help lower the staggeringly high mortality rate of mothers in rural Afghanistan. Both programs are sponsored by World Vision - an organization where you can give gifts to help support the lives of those most in need.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Two Women In Al-Mazraq | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

250,000 people flee their homes during the recent conflict in northern Yemen. Many of them remain in World Food Programme shelters, afraid to return home.

Two Women In Al-Mazraq - Video

Monday, April 05, 2010

What We've Brought Women in Afghanistan

Women like Malalai Joya insist that, although life was hard before US invasion, life has gotten even harder since we've been there. Here's a taste of life for women under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan today: How would you feel if...

-you had your fingers cut off because you had painted your nails

-you were whipped in public for showing your ankles

-you weren't allowed to laugh loudly, or wear high heels that made any noise

These are just a taste of some of life's hardships. Read the list of restriction placed on both men and women under the Taliban regime.