Stories of Change Strategic Impact Fund Project

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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Alexis Chikaeze as Kai in 'Miss Juneteenth,' coming to digital platforms June 19

Channing Godfrey Peoples on a Bittersweet ‘Miss Juneteenth’ Release and the Urgency of Portraying Black Humanity on Screen

After premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Channing Godfrey Peoples’s debut feature is hitting digital platforms this Juneteenth—the day for which the film is named and which is very close to the director’s heart. “I feel like I’ve been living Miss Juneteenth my whole life,” she says.
The June 19 holiday—which commemorates the day slavery was finally abolished in Texas (more than two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was issued)—is celebrated in her hometown of Fort Worth with a deep sense of reverence and community, with barbecues, a parade, and a scholarship pageant for young Black women.

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