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THE (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN is a 60-min documentary about re-imaging perceptions of female sexual and reproductive health.
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 How can medical technology, storytelling, and art come together to re-imagine how we think and feel about female sexual and reproductive health? THE (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of a new medical device that makes cervical cancer screenings more comfortable and globally accessible, transforming the standards for women's healthcare.  

The Callascope is a low-cost device developed to increase access to reproductive health care. Using new technologies, this device enables an individual to self-image her inner vagina and cervix, without a gynecologist using a speculum. Especially in a culture that approaches female reproductive anatomy with shame and vulnerability, this device that allows a woman to easily explore her body in privacy not only has the potential to save lives, but create new perceptions about this part of the body.

The Callascope is a comfortable, low-cost device that can take images of the cervix.
The Callascope is a comfortable, low-cost device that can take images of the cervix.

But, this documentary isn't ONLY about an innovative technology. It is about the evolution of a collaboratively produced idea, and how it wrestles with the power structures that create barriers to women's health issues.  

THE (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN addresses the challenges of bringing healthcare into the hands of those who need it most, which involves not only barriers in research and policy, but broader perceptions of the female body that permeate not only in the physical, but mental health of society. An integral part of this story are the deeply personal stories of women themselves, highlighting the resounding power of women's voices when offered the opportunity to speak.

We want to bring all women into the conversations that involve their own bodies. It is time to make the invisible organ visible, and change cultural perceptions of the female body from the inside out.

 This documentary will include:

  •  An analysis of modern medical history, particularly the silenced voices of enslaved black women by James Marion Sim's, the "father of modern gynecology," and his development of the speculum  
  • In-depth interviews with engineers, artists, global health specialists, and physicians 
  • Voices of Calla clinical collaborators and women in Accra, Ghana as well as those in Lima, Peru
  • The process of curating an art exhibition inspired by the Calla device, in which artists create artworks that reflect on their personal experiences with their female reproductive anatomy. 
(Left) "Flower Pot" by Claire Alexandre and (Right) "Cherry Bowl" by Jenny Eggleston, contributors to (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN Art exhibit
(Left) "Flower Pot" by Claire Alexandre and (Right) "Cherry Bowl" by Jenny Eggleston, contributors to (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN Art exhibit

The root of global problems can be understood within the domain of our personal experiences and histories. We are at a unique point in technology and culture that can create a greater global consciousness that encompasses critical health disparities affecting women.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We have a story to tell, and so far, resounding support to tell it. We have raised $10,000 in initial grants, but need $5,000 to get us to the finish line! 

Every dollar helps in producing this film. Funds will be used towards:

  •  Production and video editing - to ensure consistent, high quality video and audio. This will help fund additional cameramen and audio support on important shoots.
  •  Travel costs - this will contribute to a one-week travel to Ghana to include the voices of our collaborators at medical clinics in Accra.
  •  Equipment - there are just one or two items that needs to be purchased for this project, including lighting and sound equipment. Additional tools like a slider and monopod could further increase creativity and qualitiy. 
  •  Post-Production - legal licenses for archival footage, online media, and impactful music as well as consultations with expert audio editors
  •  Outreach - submissions to film festivals and grassroots screening events

This film will be in constant feedback with media professionals until its completion in August 2019. Following completion, THE (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN will be submitted to multiple film festivals and be available through streaming on digital platforms.  

WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?

The Calla Campaign is a global campaign that empowers women to explore their bodies through technology, storytelling, and art. Though movements like #MeToo have begun unveiling the truth behind women’s relationships with their sexual and reproductive rights, modern gynecological practices still utilize medical technologies that were in use well before the 1st suffragettes even began to protest for their right to vote. 

The cervix is an organ that marks us. It’s appearance changes geographically, just as it changes based on the context, resources or access a woman has to healthcare. It changes when a woman has been raped, it changes when a happy mother gives birth to her newborn for the first time, and yes, it changes every day of a woman's 28-day cycle. It can bring us so much joy, for others of us so much pain. Yet, when do we ever sit down and talk about it? Do we even know what it looks like? We need a mechanism to allow us to us unveil our real truths, associations, and perceptions. We are now in the 4th wave of feminism, it is time that our medical tools move along with our strength so that we can take control of our own bodies, be free to self-explore, and self-visualize.

WHO ARE WE?

An initiative led by the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Calla Campaign comprises of a team of artists and engineers tackling global disparities in cervical cancer and broader cultural perceptions of female reproductive anatomy. 

In 2018, the GWHT team has won the Duke Health Innovations Grant to continue development of the Calla device.
In 2018, the GWHT team has won the Duke Health Innovations Grant to continue development of the Calla device.

As of yet, the campaign includes a mixed-media art exhibition to open in February 2019, educational workshops, and a documentary film to inspire community-building and dialogue. THE (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN is a film directed and produced by emerging filmmaker Andrea Kim, who has produced several short documentary throughout her time as a student, including a short documentary on the history of Confederate statues in North Carolina. THE (IN)VISIBLE ORGAN is a 60-minute extended cut of a shorter project of the same title, which Andrea completed during her time as a student. This film is her first feature-length documentary made for digital platforms and professional distribution.  

Andrea Kim at the initial screening of the 12-min cut of The (In)visible Organ for her senior documentary capstone.
Andrea Kim at the initial screening of the 12-min cut of The (In)visible Organ for her senior documentary capstone.

 Become a part of the community of global citizens who are not only aware of critical health issues affecting women, but are also proactive in making a difference.  

Through your contribution, you will:

  • receive monthly newsletter that are curated to include the latest news on reproductive health research, current events, key content for understanding global women's reproductive health issues
  • receive updates on the Calla Campaign and our arts initiative, and the process of filming this documentary (inclusive exclusive interviews) 
  • support interdisciplinary research initiatives that promote dialogue and shared knowledge across classroom walls and global borders
  • support women-led research and cultural diversity in STEM fields, grounded by a commitment to designing tools for the stakeholders involved in its use
  • be part of a community that is committed to eliminating cervical cancer and creating new perceptions about female reproductive anatomy 

This extra push will get this documentary film to the quality and potential it could reach, and spark a movement for global women's healthcare. Join us in this journey, and let's lead the change together! 

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