By Carly Gillis
“Top 5 Films Every Reproductive Rights Advocate Should See”
By Lauren Himiak, Communications Manager, Women Deliver
Film is a powerful medium that can share untold stories with the world and inspire people to advocate for change.
Combining powerful visuals and emotional narrative is a form of storytelling that is becoming increasingly advantageous for those advocating for human rights.
Storytelling itself predates writing — from paintings on the walls of caves or textiles to more traditional forms, such as folk tales or fairy tales — and cultures have been sharing stories for centuries.
Today, more and more advocates are seeing the benefits and are turning to storytelling to share their work and increase awareness around a variety of issues, especially in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
It may be difficult to fully comprehend the harsh realities facing girls and women globally. Issues like child, early, and forced marriage; early childbearing; intimate partner and sexual violence; unsafe abortion; HIV infections; and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital cutting, are not only prevalent in some cultures, but still considered a societal norm.
Through storytelling, these issues can be put under a spotlight and shared with audiences all over the world.
From illegal abortions and preventable maternal deaths to firsthand accounts of girls on the brink of womanhood, we have selected the top films for those as passionate about SRHR as Women Deliver. More than a spotlight on important social justice issues, through these films audiences can connect to those on the ground working for change:
Sharing cultural experiences and cultural experiences , the film allows the audience a rare glimpse into real hardships girls are facing.