Say It Out Loud’ film festival ends on high note

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THE Young Women’s Parliamentary Group’s “Say It Out Loud” Film Festival fair and screening of films based on women’s empowerment and ending Gender-Based Violence (GBV) ended on a positive note on Wednesday 7th December 2016.
Thanks to the members of Young women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) and Volunteers from the Youth at work SPC’s program that successfully facilitated the event.
The three-day film festival began on Monday 5th December with an official launching declared by the Clerk of the National Parliament, Clezy Rore.
The festival showcased documentaries with international content such as the:‘LetFreedom Sing,’ by Jon Goodman and ‘Half the Sky’, by Maro Chermayeff.
Both areinspiring films on civil rights movements and courageous women doing extraordinary work to empowerwomen and girls around the world.
Film documentaries with local content were also screened.
They are: ‘Mere blo iumi’ by RAMSI Public Relations; Women’s Hope’ by the Christian Care Centre; and ‘Markets for change’ by a local film maker, Andrew Tahisi.
Other Films submitted during the filmmaking competition leading up to the festival were also screened, judged and voted for the people’s choice award.
They are: Bae Mi Go Wea, by Litol Lamb Ministry; Break the silence by Joseph Manemaka and the third is by Woodford International School students.
On day-two of the festival’s fair at the Art Gallery, volunteers also displayed information on YWPG and the film festival.
The public were invited to make their pledges on supporting the campaign to end violence against women and girls.
In addition, those in the audience of Day-two Screening event made their pledge by dipping their palm in orange paint and stamping it on a white fabric to show their support for the cause.
The competition films submitted and screened are now on the theme, ‘Say It Out Loud Film Fest’.
The theme is also used as the Facebook Page name where the public will make votes for the People’s Choice Awards by clicking ‘Like’.
There will be three awards for the best films.
They are namely:
1. Say it out loud film maker
2. Best short film
3. People’s choice
Tickets for the Awards night, to be held at Honiara Hotel on the evening of Monday 12th December are on sale for $100 at the National Parliament Office, where 70 percent of the proceeds will go to Christian Care Centre; the only refuge for women and children victims of violence in Solomon Islands.
The Film Festival organizing team is thankful to the sponsors of the event, which are the SI National Parliament and Australian High Commission; together with support from PAOA FM for promoting the event free on its Thursday night programs and the US Consular Agency, who freely provided some of the DVDs for screening.