'Tradition and progress collide as a former Hare Krishna monk journeys across India to meet young women breaking free from the limitations society imposes on them'
'Road to Vrindavan' is a feature-length documentary raising awareness about the challenges, girls all over India, face accessing education and highlighting some key insights for creating sustainable solutions to the problem. In particular the need to involve men and boys in the discussion and support them to change their mindset to help girls flourish.
Please support the completion and promotion of the film so that together we can influence change and ensure more girls in India get the opportunity to pursue their dreams without having to fight for it every step of the way.
The film is almost complete, we need to reach £12,000 by the end of January 2020 to finalize the editing and submit the film to key international film festivals.
In India, there are 12 million girls born every year.
3 million don't make it to their first birthday and 1 million don't make it to their fifteenth birthday.
Girls are less likely to receive immunization, nutrition or medical treatment.
The fear of sexual violence is a contributing factor to 47% of girls being married under the legal age of 18 which almost always cuts their education and any dreams they had for themselves short.
Very little is being done to engage men in the sort of transformational work needed to create a safer world for women and girls and to redefine masculinity at a time when it is needed most.
Message from the Director, Ravinol Chambers:
"I met some amazing young women in the course of making the film, many of whose stories you will see on the big screen. Incredibly brave, confident, powerful young women stepping up as leaders and role models for others to follow, so that no girl is left behind."
Anuradha lives Vrindavan and had to fight for her life as her father locked her up so she couldn't run away before her forced marriage at 13 years old.
Rashmi also lives in Vrindavan and had to fight to pursue her education when her father set the date for her and her 3 sisters to get married at the same time. She was only 14 years old.
I also met some great men and boys who are trying to help create a fairer world for women and girls. We need both men and women to be part of a collective solution if we really want to change 'the way it has always been.'
What will your funds support?
Your funds will be used to finish editing the film, including professional color grading, audio mastering, creating a powerful title sequence, creation of stylized graphics for key statistics as well as marketing and promotion of the film to key decision-makers and audiences internationally.
10% of all funds raised go to support the girls of the Vrindavan school that inspired the film:
The stories of Rashmi and Anuradha, whose stories we follow throughout the film are both connected to the Sandipani Muni school for girls in Vrindavan, which was the initial inspiration for the film.
10% of all funds raised through this campaign will be used to sponsor the education, transport, clothing, and food of as many girls as possible.
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