I'm a Mum to Finn and Paddy aged 2 and 3. I really struggled with pregnancy, giving birth and becoming a mother, suffering badly with depression and even feeling suicidal. During December 2013 I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Afghanistan with peace activist Maya Evans where I went on my own personal journey whilst meeting many Afghan Mums - ultimately laying my ghosts around motherhood to rest by meeting these incredible and inspirational women.
'Afghanistan - A Difficult Birth' is a short documentary film. I originally intended to meet mothers and ask them about their birth experiences and how they coped with becoming a Mum. Although we did talk about these things I quickly realised that the mothers had a much more pressing story that they wanted to share with me - the birth of their new found fledgling human rights. They wanted to tell me about their important work on becoming visible people with voices and opinions. The film began to focus on the birth of feminism in Afghanistan, and how mothers are making this happen despite their situation.
"Love is what makes the world go round, Mums in the UK love, Mums in Afghanistan love, this project is about making the connection of love, seeing the beauty of motherhood for women on opposite sides of the planet. This film is about discovering the beauty of humanity via the most unheard voices." Maya Evans
We are raising funds to complete the film - money will be spent on translation and editing. If we raise more than what we need to complete the film the money will be used to help mothers in Afghanistan.
There are many mothers in Afghanistan who are carrying out incredible work - from educating themselves to running organisations furthering women's capabitlites. This short documentary will get the voice of these women out to the international community - showing that these Mums are fully capable of fighting peacefully for their equality - and telling the rest of us what we can do to support them.
This film and the work that will grow out of it will highlight the fact that peace, love and sisterhood are the ways that women change themselves - war is not the answer.
Risks and challenges
Fortunately we have now filmed all the footage that we need for this project and only have a relatively small amount of money to raise. We have been able to strike a deal with a talented and professional editor who is willing to complete the work for a vastly reduced rate - just enough for him to cover his costs and allow him to eat during the edit period!
My background is as a film & video producer working in TV commercials and corporate film. Whilst this is a completely new type of project for me - I've never travelled to somewhere like Afghanistan before or handled such sensitive subject material - I do understand the post production and editing process and have worked to deadlines many times before. I've also invested in this project emotionally - I really care about the people I met on my trip and I want to finish this film for them. I feel they deserve it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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