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We send educators abroad to teach filmmaking to underserved youth in Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, & Sierra Leone.
We send educators abroad to teach filmmaking to underserved youth in Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, & Sierra Leone.
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Think of it as PeaceCorps for filmmakers. We send filmmakers and media educators overseas to teach filmmaking and media literacy to underserved students for 1 full year. Our mission is to provide opportunities for cultural exchange and to empower students to tell their own stories. 

OUR STORY // After years of teaching media to students across the US, our team decided it was time to help filmmakers and art educators share their skills with overseas communities. First we founded a nonprofit organization. Then, we assembled a team of educators, artists, and international development specialists to help send volunteer filmmakers abroad for 1 full year. 

OUR TEAM // Our collective work experience includes the Tribeca Film InstituteEducational Video CenterVH1Frank Sinatra School of the ArtsGlobal Potential, Charlotte Street FilmsResults 4 Development (R4D) Institute, and the NYC Department of Education

NYC COLLABORATORS // The Young Women's Leadership NetworkGlobal PotentialGlobal Kids

OVERSEAS PARTNERS & SCHOOLS // The Bhutan FoundationChildren For Change Cambodia (CCC)Honduras Child AllianceVolunteer Initiative NepalThe Modern StoryY-FI AfricaThe Craig Bellamy Foundation

We send filmmakers to teach students in underserved communities across BhutanCambodiaHondurasIndiaKenyaNepal, and Sierra Leone.

HOW WE DO IT // We partner directly with schools and community organizations in developing countries. FWB educators work directly with youth in overseas classrooms 6 hours/day, 4 days/week for 1 year. We provide participants with curriculum, cameras, and equipment and we cover the cost of flights, housing, food, and insurance. 

Our curriculum uses all aspects of the filmmaking process as a means for promoting cross cultural exchange, creative empowerment, and digital storytelling. All projects are student-centered and aligned with Common Core, ISTE, and NYC Moving Image Blueprint curriculum standards. 

Students learn the following skills:

  • Storytelling Techniques
  • Creative Writing
  • Photography & Storyboarding
  • Film Production (Shooting/Framing)
  • Audio & Sound Design
  • Editing & Post-Production
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Leadership/Communication

Examples of student projects include...

  • Film Scripts
  • Short Documentary Films
  • Short Narrative Films
  • Experimental Films
  • Photography Projects
  • Audio Projects
  • Multimedia Projects
  • Student Film Festival & Community Screenings
At the end of each year-long overseas program, students organize a large-scale community screening/film festival of their own short films.  Local friends, family, and neighbors all have an opportunity to see FWB students' hard work and to engage with students' ideas. Additionally, FWB organizes a film festival back in NYC to showcase student work to an international audience. 

Our team works directly with overseas partner communities to ensure the promotion of culturally specific and sustainable educational practices. Additionally, our Director of Cultural Sustainability works closely with students' families, neighbors, and local community leaders to infuse local knowledge into all FWB curriculum and identifies opportunities for community empowerment. 

Using Skype, Google Docs, and other digital tools, our team connects NYC students with youth in overseas communities. Students work together to make short film projects and learn about each others' culture. Check out this collaboration produced by students in the Bronx & Nairobi. 

FWB works with partner organizations across 7 different countries and fully-funds filmmakers to travel, live, and teach overseas for 1 year. Your donation will help cover the cost of roundtrip international flights, housing and food (12 months), local transportation, evacuation insurance, cameras, laptops, and additional equipment.

FWB is 100% donor supported.

From seeing their ideas up on the big screen to learning from passionate and engaging educators (who traveled half way around the world just for them), your contribution will make a meaningful impact in the lives of underserved students. Thank you so much for helping us to empower the next generation of digital storytellers!

- The FWB Team 

(Alissa, Beth, Cameron, Cody, Corey, Dena, Emilia, Kevin, Liz, Vivianne)

Risks and challenges

With regard to overseas travel concerns, the health and safety of our participants is of the utmost importance and FWB provides year-round evacuation insurance to ensure that filmmakers are equipped in the event of an emergency. Additionally, we provide detailed information relating to in-country medical services, hospitals, health centers, and related processes.

FILMMAKERS without BORDERS' Director of Cultural Sustainability Vivianne Njoku is dedicated to ensuring that FWB is listening to the concerns and motivations of the communities with which we work. FWB is extremely sensitive to the challenges associated with bringing new technologies into communities as well as issues relating to cultural immersion and overall culture shock. Vivianne's core responsibilities include meeting and working with students' families, neighbors, and community leaders to integrate their cultural knowledge and expectations into the FWB curriculum, handbooks, etc.

Additionally, the FWB Education staff is devoted to ensuring educational sustainability. While we plan to send filmmakers back to the same community year after year after year, our film educators also train local educators how to sustain such a film program on their own.

Finally, we are very aware of the historic lack of consideration sometimes given to local communities by well-intentioned international organizations and have specific measures in place to ensure that local communities have a voice and are empowered to shape their own future.

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    THANK YOU SHOUT-OUT on Facebook and Twitter in the language of one of our 7 overseas sites (Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, or Sierra Leone). Plus English ;)

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    CONNECTED CLASSROOMS DVD // FWB helps students in NYC connect/collaborate with overseas students to co-create short films together (using Skype, GoogleDocs, etc.) We'll send you a DVD of their collaborative films. // And all previous rewards.

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    DVD of STUDENT FILMS from 1 country (choose Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, or Sierra Leone). // And all previous rewards.

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    DVD of ALL STUDENT FILMS including Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, or Sierra Leone. // And all previous rewards.

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    VIP ACCESS for two people to FWB Student Film Festival in New York City (travel/accommodation not included). // And all previous rewards.

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    SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT in FWB filmmaker's independent feature-length film and all student short films. // And all previous rewards.

    ***All FWB film educators create their own 90 minute independent film in addition to their teaching responsibilities.***

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in FWB filmmaker's independent feature-length film and all student short films. // And all previous rewards. ***All FWB film educators create their own 90 minute independent film in addition to their teaching responsibilities.***

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