Film Screening of Daughters of the Forest (2016)
and Discussion with Filmmaker Samantha Grant
Abstract: Daughters of the Forest tells the powerful, uplifting story of a group of indigenous girls in a remote forest who attend a radical high school — Centro Educativo Mbaracayú (CEM) — where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves. This school aims to offer a quality education for young, low-income, rural and indigenous women by teaching them to be entrepreneurs capable of leading sustainable development in their communities and by engaging them in community-focused action for income generation and environmental education that will contribute to the sustainability of the forest. Set in the the Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay, this intimate verité documentary offers a rare glimpse into the lives of girls that are transformed by their friendships with one another and their educational experiences. Filmed over the course of five years, we follow the girls from their humble homes in indigenous villages through the year after their graduation to see exactly how their revolutionary education has and will continue to impact their future lives.
Refreshments will be provided
Co-sponsored by OLPD - Comparative and International Development Education and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID)