Let's Create Social Impact through Film

Carolyn Seaman
Posted April 18, 2020 from Nigeria

I am leading a social impact film project, ‘The Girl Nation Project’, to train young women with technical filmmaking skills and facilitate their production of documentaries and short films that highlight girls’ and women’s rights issues. The films produced are screened in communities to mobilize action, specifically in the area of changed behaviours and attitudes towards adolescent girls and young women.

The Girl Nation project will impact 275 female undergraduates from three public universities; the University of Abuja-F.C.T, Bayero University, Kano and the University of Calabar in Nigeria. The prospective filmmakers will learn valuable skills in the various departments in filmmaking; scriptwriting, storyboard, cinematography, directing, light and sound recording, editing and other skills within the production chain.

The French Embassy, Marksmen Productions and Girls Voices Initiative are already collaborating together to implement the Girl Nation project. However, the project still needs partners who can invest to increase the scope and impact of the project to reach more young women across Nigeria. Partners can provide financial or in-kind contributions including travel and/or accommodation cost for the project team to coordinate the project activities in the various locations.

The pilot phase of the Girl Nation project already launched and impacted 213 female undergraduates from 2 public universities; the University of Abuja-F.C.T, and the Bayero University, Kano. Each of the university cohorts produced a documentary and short film that have reached over 2500 people in physical screening events across the country and over 200,000 people in online views. And the impact continues to grow every day. With the second edition underway, even greater successes are ahead! #GirlsCanFilm #GirlNationProject #SocialImpactFilm #GenerationEquality #LogOnRiseUp #PersonalAgency #GirlsInnovate #GirlsVoices

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Chioma Nwaoha
Apr 18
Apr 18

Hello beautiful Carolyn,
Thank you for sharing with us,
You are welcome, please stay safe.We love you.
Best regards
Your sister
Chioma.

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello Chioma,
Thank you for your huge support for our work. I appreciate you.
Please, stay safe too.
Your sister,
Carolyn

Chioma Nwaoha
Apr 24
Apr 24

Anytime dear sister. Bless you .

Jill Langhus
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hello Carolyn Love,

How are you and your family doing? Wow! Wow! This is an amazing project that you're working on. Thanks so much for sharing and letting us know. Please keep us posted on your progress. I want to know all about it. Are you interviewing/recruiting for the students now? Wishing you much success on your project!

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hi Jill,
Thank you for being my strength and deep encouragement. I am truly grateful to have you in my life. And I can't wait to meet you someday. I agree with you on how amazing this project is - I feel truly blessed to be a part of it and to watch it grow into what it is today. Our film screenings have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic but we are truly grateful to have completed the project and the critical screening events we had planned. We hope to keep holding screening events for the rest of the year. What's more? The second phase of the project is billed to launch next month, hoping some normalcy starts to return to the world. We will be recruiting the new cohort soon. And I will always find time to share updates on our progress. Thank you
Loads of Love,
Carolyn

Jill Langhus
Apr 25
Apr 25

Hello Again Love,

You got it! Any time:-)

I'm very grateful for you, too, dear! I would LOVE to meet you, too!

Fingers-crossed that your plans run smoothly and on time! Looking forward to seeing a favorable update, dear!

XX

Beth Lacey
Apr 20
Apr 20

Carolyn, this is exceptional work

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 24
Apr 24

Dear Beth,
Thank you for your kind cheers. I appreciate your encouragement.
Kind regards,
Carolyn

Ellie E.
Apr 25
Apr 25

Wow, these are some powerful films, and I think what you are doing is wonderful! Keep up the amazing work you do!

Carolyn Seaman
May 18
May 18

Wow! Thank you for that resounding praise for the films. I appreciate them so much and even more when I read comments like yours. Thank you so much, Ellie, we are already anxiously looking forward to the next edition and whole new stories to tell. Thank you
Kind regards,
Carolyn

Anita Shrestha
Apr 25
Apr 25

Good initiation

Carolyn Seaman
May 18
May 18

Thank you so much, Anita. I appreciate you reading and sharing your comments.
Kind regards,
Carolyn

Wow, you are definitely unstoppable, dear Carolyn! Congratulations!