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Stories of Change Strategic Impact Fund Project

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Richard Perez

Tostan, the Senegal-based organization known for its innovative Community Empowerment Program (CEP) launched a participant-led media training initiative. Together with Venice, California-based Venice Arts, the organizations trained members in the communities Tostan serves in the art of digital storytelling.  The result is three short films told from a perspective we hope to hear from more often.

Peace Come In
In celebration of International Human Rights Day, nonprofit organizations Tostan, Venice Arts, Sundance Institute and The Skoll Foundation premiered a series of participant-produced films from community members in Senegal. Set in Tankanto Maoundé, Peace Come In emphasizes the value of developing a community vision and the importance of protecting children and practicing environmental safety.

Waylowaylo
In celebration of International Human Rights Day, nonprofit organizations Tostan, Venice Arts, Sundance Institute and The Skoll Foundation premiered a series of participant-produced films from community members in Senegal. Waylowayloa, which means ‘change’ in Pulaar, depicts how a father and daughter’s story catalyzes a change in attitude towards girls’ education.

The Crossing
In celebration of International Human Rights Day, nonprofit organizations Tostan, Venice Arts, Sundance Institute and The Skoll Foundation premiered a series of participant-produced films from community members in Senegal. Set in Karcia, Senegal, The Crossing broaches the controversial practice of inter-ethnic marriage and offers a resolution through positive communication.

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Sundance Institute Piloting Direct Individual Support for Mediamakers Through the Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic upended life in general, and halted production and distribution for many creatives, the nonfiction field was plagued by issues of sustainability. For several years, sustainability has been an urgent and vigorous topic of study, debate, and organizing, as more and more filmmakers find it difficult, if not impossible, to make a living solely on the basis of their creative work. 

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