“The Momentum of the Butterfly: Women Just Wanna Go & Fly”
About this Project:
The Momentum of the Butterfly: Women Just Wanna Go & Fly is a documentary created by students in the Educational Video Center (EVC)'s Fall 2020 Youth Documentary Workshop. This documentary was collectively conceived, written, filmed, and edited by these students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The interviews for the film were shot remotely, via Zoom, to maintain the safety of the participants. The Momentum of the Butterfly takes an international approach to examining gender discrimination and violence, exploring rising rates of violence against women in Mexico, Bangladesh, and the United States, exploring causes for and ways to reverse this systemic oppression.
The directors of the film set out to examine the differing structural reasons why gender discrimination exists, the kinds of violence and inequality it creates, and the ways that we can fight back against the structures that perpetuate it. Drawing on their own experiences as members of different national and cultural communities, the students look for similarities between their experiences, analyzing the way generational and geographic differences affect the manifestations of violence against women.
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Feedback from the Judges:
I think this topic is challenging to drill down into a specific area of gender-based violence, and this video covers a lot. I wonder—what would happen if you focused on one element of this video and offered clear next steps for the viewer? This could even be broken up into multiple videos or a series with clear calls to action for each. Has Netflix heard about your team yet? ;) Keep creating + sharing your perspectives! We need more visionaries like all of you!
This film should win a major award. Super artistic, super well done. BRAVO TEAM!!
The words, the story, the art, the message, all combine together to create a piece of art with a powerful message. Super Beautiful.
Use of video clips between interviews, excellent. Timing excellent.
Use of the butterfly drawing in between segments, very very well done! Animation awesome.
Only suggestion to improve - At one point, one of the female voices had some background noise. And one of the narrators could anunciate better – sometimes it was hard to understand. For future revisions, suggest re-recording sections that have background noise.
The team did an incredible job. This is the best student project I’ve ever seen.