Every day this week, we’ve highlighted projects in the works seeking support from people like you. Below find the four profiled this week; you can learn more about them by clicking on the film title.
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This Week’s Projects:
Pitch: Luke and Jonah, two high school sweethearts in a rural Southern town, have known each other since they were four years old. This is the story of their final summer together. As Jonah prepares to leave home for bigger and better things, Luke is faced with an uncertain future and the growing pressures of adulthood.
Pitch: What began as a documentary about the former “Comfort Women” (a term used to describe over 200,000 girls kidnapped or coerced into Military Sexual Slavery during World War Two in Asia) developed into a personal story about the complex layers of healing. Told through the lives of 3 Grandmothers, each survivors of the largest institutionalized rape system in world history, the film explores the role society plays in perpetuating the shame that silences victims of sexual violence.
Pitch: Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria when she was just 17 years old. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam, in addition to their secular schooling. A surprising cultural shift is underway—women are claiming space within the mosque, a place historically dominated by men. Challenging tradition, Houda insists education for women is a form of worship. Using Qur’anic teachings, she encourages her students to pursue higher education, jobs, and public lives, while remaining committed to an interpretation of Islam prioritizing women’s role as wives and mothers. In a world rarely seen, “The Light In Her Eyes” tells the story of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, the film is an exclusive look at a social movement thriving in a country controlled by a repressive regime.
Pitch: “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival” tells the story of a goat farm in the middle of the Mojave Desert that became ground zero of the largest burlesque revival since the 1940s. Retired dancer Dixie Evans, “The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque,” transforms a goat shed into “Exotic World”, the world’s first and only museum devoted to striptease. In response, young burlesque revivalists across the country begin making pilgrimages to the museum. The film captures the moment in time when the revivalists and elderly legends meet in the blazing hot desert and create a vibrant artistic culture that fuels the resurgence of neo-burlesque.