Celebrating International Day of the Girl 2020

11 October marks the International Day of the Girl, a day commemorating the need to recognize girls’ rights and shed light on the different challenges girls face all over the word. This year’s theme, ‘My voice, our equal future’, celebrates girls and works towards amplifying their voices, promoting girls’ empowerment and standing up for their rights. Starting from 11 October 2020, we marked this year’s International Day of the Girl with a range of digital activities to celebrate, empower and inspire!

WOW – Women of the World festival is a global movement, celebrating women and girls and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. WOW festivals are produced across the world to take a frank look at what prevents women and girls from achieving their potential, celebrate their achievements and raise awareness of the issues they face and discuss possible solutions. It is the biggest, most comprehensive and most significant festival dedicated to presenting work by women and promoting equality for women and girls. 

A week of festivities in celebration of International of Day of the Girl 2020 where we shared stories of inspiring adolescent girls who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts towards positive social change, including gender equality, in their communities, along with the below digital activities for all to enjoy and learn from:

Short Film Screening:

11-17 October 2020

This special screening was arranged in collaboration with Children's Film Society where the films showcased bright young female filmmakers, created a window to a greater world through visual storytelling for children while encouraging empathy, understanding and awareness. Age is but a number as the following films by girl filmmakers highlight that creativity can be found with the right encouragement and appreciation!

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Film: Fishbowl

Filmmaker: Afrida Mehzabin 

Age: 17

Synopsis: The film depicts the effect of a toxic relationship on a woman and her child. The story of the family is seen through the eye of a fish which itself is trapped in a fishbowl. In the film, visual metaphors portray different stages of a toxic relationship. Just like the fish is trapped helplessly in the fishbowl, the child is trapped in this dysfunctional family. 

About the filmmaker: Afrida Mehzabin, a high school student, is an artist and animation filmmaker. She believes that visual art can make a big impact in people’s lives.

Film: Boon Is Missing

Filmmaker: Mubasshira Ibnat

Age: 9

Synopsis: Mother fish leaves her three baby fish with their grandmother and goes in search of food. She finds a plastic bag in the ocean and thinks it’s a new kind of food and she tries to eat it. If only she knew it would cost her life and make her babies orphans!

About the filmmaker: Mubasshira is a student of Class 3 and she loves dancing, painting and watching movies (animation and horror are her most favourite of the lot!). Recently she took an interest in making films and short videos.

Film: Rise

Filmmaker: Syeda Abrar Toaha Draha

Age: 17

Synopsis: Social structures hold us like shackles and keep us from doing what we want to do. Even in the 21st century, it is observed that women struggle to achieve their goals where men, with abundance of opportunity and comparatively less hurdles, excel easily. The essence of the movie deals with these elements.

About the filmmaker: Draha studies in college and will be sitting for her Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams this year. She plays handball in her school team and takes part in cultural programs. Draha is an amateur filmmaker who started making films in 2016. Since then, she made three stop motion animations and has won multiple prizes from UNICEF, Children's Film Festival, and other national festivals in Dhaka.

Film: অছবি (To, The Sleepless Youth)

Filmmaker: Suprio Labonno

Age: 15

Synopsis: 'To, the sleepless youth' depicts some moments from the life of three young siblings. Sitting in their enclosed apartment, the three young souls are getting exposed to life- the urban culture depicting unsocial behaviour and how loneliness is influencing them. The dancing little girl, the confused young maiden and the tired young boy are getting lost in the path of their lives. 

About the filmmaker: Suprio is studying O Levels and since childhood, she was fascinated by the way stories were told through film. Nonetheless, during the last years, she realized, films are not bound to tell stories rather it can be a combination of some emotionally impactful images. That is when she started studying the art of image-making and the idea of অছবি came into her mind. Since her film doesn't have proper 'plot', she named it অছবি.

Disclaimer: All rights reserved by Children’s Films Society Bangladesh (CFS) and filmmakers. No part of the filming may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or by other electronic or mechanical methods, without prior written permission of CFS or the filmmakers. 

Talk on Parenting: Gender Equality Begins at Home

14 October 2020, 05.00 p.m.

We believe that gender equality begins at home where families can create positive social change. A timely talk for parents on how stereotyping and discrimination by parents between girl and boy children affects both boys and girls negatively in their young and adult lives. Conducted by eminent psychologist Dr. Mehtab Khanam over Facebook Live session where she talks about how parents can play a significant role in promoting gender equality, parent better and be role models in creating a happy, healthy and supportive home. 

Watch here.

Mehtab Khanam (PhD), an honorary professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Dhaka, trains graduates and postgraduates on Counselling Psychology. She is trained and certified on Transactional Analysis and Neuro-linguistic programming and has participated in various courses and workshops on Counselling Psychology or Psychotherapy at home and abroad. Dr. Khanam served as a consultant counsellor for 'Ain O Shalish Kendra'. She used to supervise the research and content of the children’s edutainment television program “Sisimpur.” She regularly writes columns on mental health for the Daily Prothom Alo and answers the questions sent by the readers.

DIY Filmmaking for Children

16 October 2020

Did you know that children now can make short films with zero budget? All you need is a desire to create, simple equipment and a little bit of creative magic! Watch filmmaker Raka Noshin Nower talk about filmmaking for kids, quick tips and tricks on how to make films with the least amount of budget and the journey of how she ended up in the filmmaking industry, while being a student of engineering!

Watch here.

Raka Noshin Nower is a director and writer with a passion for visual storytelling. Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Raka’s directing style holds the essence of South-East Asian mediascape as well as western grooves. Making her debut with an advertisement for Sunsilk in 2017, the young director is refining her directorial skills by branching into narrative and social causes with conceiving and directing documentaries. Raka’s creative flexibility includes her playing with cinematic forms like editing. Completing graduation on engineering, she joined topmost production house of Bangladesh, Applebox films, in 2011, as a casting assistant and eventually began exploring her passion of filmmaking or directing.

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