Women in Film Festival

One of the most powerful ways to engage and inspire change is through film. Today, film goes beyond entertainment and fun. It is the most influential and greatest form of creative expression and can be utilized in changing and shaping people’s outlook across communities. However, this same medium can also promotive prejudices, perpetuate stereotypes and disenfranchise communities.  Gender inequality is still widespread in every aspect in the film industry, as women continue to be under-represented in technical roles in filmmaking. In Cameroon, just about 3% of women are in technical and decision making roles in filmmaking such as script wright, directing, and producing. The lack of technical skills, lack of funding, ineffective gender policies are a contributing factor. Further, the male dominated field perpetrates stereotypes through use of language, gestures  and unwritten laws that suggests that technical and decision making roles are for men. This under representation doesn’t only allow for discrimination but it shapes the on screen representation of women in film: lack of complex inspirational characters, perpetrating women as the root of evil, as weak. SHF is bridging this gap through trainings, production support and show case events.

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In April 2022, Sysy House of Fame in partnership with The Why Foundation organized the Sustainable Development Goals film festival focusing on Gender issues in some selected secondary schools in Bamenda. The project reached over 500 children between the ages of 14 and 18 years. Six documentary films were screened during the film festival.

 

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Remember how you were told you can't do certain things because they were for men? Well, Diane remembers vividly how she has been told severally that just like the cliche title "Cameraman", Camera is meant only for men. I can only imagine how many women have heard this kind of stereotypes before. SHF is offering Hands-on Training to girls in arts on film making to enable them to break barriers built around them by Society.
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The sysy House of Fame has as it's mandate to empower women to reach their full potentials. With our focus on Arts and Culture, we are supporting young girls in the fields of Arts to earn storytelling skills. Storytelling is a powerful way of communicating the change we want. 
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After a long period of training and Hard work, the Girls in Arts project finally realizes their first film which is an advocacy for peace through a series of upcoming Audio-Visual productions. This film is a series which has seen just Episode 1 Produced. The episode based on the experiences of 12 years old Nesrine who has been away from school for three years, throws more light on the challenges faced by girls during an armed conflict.
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Reaching a low 4,890 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 165 deaths and 1,865 recoveries, Cameroon has braved the pandemic. Healthcare workers (a majority of them women), risk their lives every day to save humanity. Let us celebrate these people, let's celebrate these heroines.
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For us, free access to information is a human right. 1 billion people are unable to read and write and more than half of the world's population lack access to the internet. This means that for millions of people across the world free, reliable, information is simply not available. We are collaborating with THE WHY foundation to organise an online screening of films and physical screening.
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“As a woman, the one step to breaking the glass ceiling in this industry is by standing up. Let people see you and know you, then let your works speak. Whatever role you have to play anywhere as a woman do it as a man. Let people see the qualities and power that you possess so that it will speak for you.” Learn more about how SHF is supporting women assume technical roles in film making
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The goal of the SDG Film Festival project is; to promote arts, culture and the media, by sensitizing 500 Children in Bamenda, between the ages of 12 to 18 years, on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals through film. Read the Report.
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In April 2022, REGARTLESS formerly known as Sysy House of Fame in partnership with The Why Foundation organized the Sustainable Development Goals film festival focusing on Gender issues in some selected secondary schools in Bamenda. The project reached over 500 children between the ages of 14 and 18 years. Six documentary films were screened during the film festival.
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