WE WOMEN WARRIORS follows native women caught in the crossfire of Colombia's warfare who use nonviolent resistance defend their people.
Since 2000, more than $8 billion in U.S. military aid has gone to Colombia to fight the war on drugs. In that time 3.3 million people were internally displaced by warfare, and Colombia is still the world’s leading cocaine producer.
WE NEED WOMEN'S VOICES TO CHANGE THE TIDE OF CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA.
"We women are warriors, not with weapons, but with our thoughts and through raising our children.”
-- Flor Ilva Trochez, Nasa tribal leader in Jambaló, Colombia
Using my hard-earned access as a journalist, I spent 2006 to 2009 in northern & southern Colombia following three remarkable native women – Doris, Ludis, & Flor Ilva – who are caught in the crossfire of longstanding warfare financed by the drug trade.
I spent another three years editing, and now I need your support to help complete the final post-production of this independent documentary feature film.
ABOUT THE FILM
We Women Warriors bears witness to a neglected human rights crisis and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage and faith in the survival of indigenous culture. This film urges policy makers and the public to consider these facts:
- Since 2000, more than $8 billion in U.S. military aid has gone to Colombia
- With more than five million people forced off their land, Colombia is home to the world's greatest displacement crisis
- Women and youth are among those most vulnerable
- Colombia has 102 indigenous groups, one-third of which are in danger of extinction because of the ongoing internal conflict
There is another way to LEAD, and women show us the way.
MEET THE PROTAGONISTS
We Women Warriors shows that despite being trapped in a protracted predicament financed by the drug trade, indigenous women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope.
Doris is a young mother who puts her life on the line to protect the vulnerable Awá population, whose livelihood depends on high-stakes production of coca leaves (the base for cocaine).
Ludis, a spunky Kankuamo widow, who is imprisoned on false charges of rebellion, shows a mother's determination to make her way back to her children and form a collective of women coping with systematic killings that ravaged their community.
Flor Ilva is the first woman entrusted to lead the Nasa tribal government, who spearheads a peaceful movement to dismantle police barracks that endanger civilians by placing them in the line of fire.
Your participation in this project ensures that the stories of Doris, Ludis and Flor Ilva will reach other women and audiences worldwide.
No gesture of support is too small to join in this collaborative effort.
As a Backer, your $1 pledge puts your name on our website and invites you to:
GROW THE CIRCLE of support; SPREAD stories of courage; SPEAK your truth; PARTICIPATE in the completion stages of this film
Receive weekly inspiration and engaging updates about women of courage.
Send us your stories. Create Community. Make A Difference.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP
We've already raised 80 percent of the film’s budget, but to complete the film we need your involvement.
Our $50,000 goal is just a portion of our total budget to be able to finish the film. Anything we raise over that will go directly towards festival premieres, distribution costs and a broad-based Social Change Engagement Campaign.
Here's a breakdown of how these funds will be used :
- Final editing
- Post supervision
- Sound mix
- Color correction
- Acquisition of archival footage
- Music clearances
- HD Delivery Masters
REWARDS: VIBRANT JEWELRY TO SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY w/ Colombian women’s collectives
To get the campaign rolling, we have an exciting host of incentives.
This bright & festive eco-jewelry adds color to any outfit and expresses your solidarity with women in Colombia.
It's a way of supporting indigenous women's cooperatives, such as Ludis’ collective, which made the exquisite hand-woven, shoulder bags (featured below).
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the personal selection of bags, jewelry, and other items featured here. But we can ensure the rich and versatile style of this authentic collection.
View photos of rewards here:
Print by Carols Jacanamijoy
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
MAKE A DONATION TO THE FILM AND YOU GET A REWARD.
Select the amount you’d like to donate and the gift you’d like to receive. Once funding is completed, we will list your name on our website, and send other rewards by mail.
IF WE DON’T MEET OUR GOAL, WE DON’T GET ANY OF THE MONEY.
Yes indeed, even if we’re $5 short of our goal, we won’t get the money. That’s why we need you to kick in and help out!
IF WE RAISE ALL OR MORE THAN OUR TARGET AMOUNT BEFORE THE DEADLINE, WE GET TO KEEP THE WHOLE AMOUNT. All funds will go directly to Todos Los Pueblos Productions LLC, the production company that is producing the project.
HOW TO PLEDGE
Please click the “Back This Project” button in the right-hand corner. You will be prompted to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. The Amazon checkout process follows and must be completed for the pledge to be recorded.
Please contact Director/Producer Nicole Karsin at email@example.com to make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more through our 501 (c) 3 fiscal sponsor.
We want to hear from you!
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your e-mail address (where to respond).
FINDING OUR AUDIENCE
Finding an audience depends largely on participation by organizations and people like you!
Do you know of an organization we should be in touch with? A donor who could bring our film over the finish line?
Join Us in ramping up our We Women Warriors outreach campaign.
Contact Us if you are interested in hosting a screening in the future.
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