The idea that powerful true stories can drive social change is at the heart of Women and Girls Lead Global‘s work. We are honored to have an opportunity to share the model that we’ve developed for using film to start breakthrough conversations, and to convert those conversations into action, at the Empowering Women and Girls through Documentary Films roundtable at AFI DOCS this year.
On June 17th, Tamara Gould, senior vice president of national productions and strategic partnerships at Independent Television Service will be participating in an AFI DOCS roundtable with filmmakers and public policy experts to discuss how documentary films can impact women and girls’ lives around the world. Gould is part of the team at ITVS that developed Women and Girls Lead Global- a multi year public-private partnership with USAID, Ford Foundation and Gates Foundation that draws on films and community engagement to support on-the-ground efforts toward gender equality in Kenya, Peru, India, Jordan and Bangladesh. The roundtable will bring together filmmakers and leaders from the nonprofit and government sector to discuss how documentaries can reach key audiences and create positive impact.
Other participants at the roundtable include, Peter Bratt (Director, Dolores), Rebecca Cammisa (Director, Atomic Homefront), Erin Cochran (Vice President of Communications, World Food Programme USA), Abigail Disney (Philanthropist and Producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell), Deesha Dyer (Co-Founder and Executive Director, begirl.world, Former White House Social Secretary), Alyson Grunder (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs), Catherine Gund (Director of Chavela), Dieudo Hamadi (Director of Mama Colonel), Dolores Huerta (Civil Rights Leader), Heidi Nel, Director (AFI Docs Impact Lab, Principal, The Raben Group), Sarah Ullman (Director and Producer), Debra Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies)