We want to create a short film about how a few dormitories are making a dramatic difference to the future for young women in rural Morocco.
Through a tender, touching observational documentary we'll show that world change starts with improved education and a little gentle, human kindness. Filmmaker Kuba Nowak recently spent time with the students in a remote mountain village in Morocco and heard from them in their words how a low-key charity in the Atlas Mountains is changing lives just by helping a few girls get a secondary education.
"It would be great if this film could sensitise people to the role of women in society – show the importance of education for girls and the value of educating women" — Thomas Reilly, patron of Education For All and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco
Education For All is an NGO recently which started by building one boarding house in the Atlas Mountains and it's led to a unique community of hope, learning, determination and love. Help us give a few inspiring young women in rural Morocco a louder voice in a beautifully made, emotive film so that they can inspire others — all over the world. This sensitive, uplifting portrayal of these teenagers’ lives and their successes — where futures might otherwise have been bleak — will amplify the universal message that world change starts with improved education.
Why fund a film and not the charity directly?
We want to invest in making a truly independent, sensitive film— through this we also hope to reach a wider audience with artistic, sensitive editorial which will also inspire businesses globally to support this and similar initiatives in the way that the Kasbah Du Toubkal supports this charity, Education For All. We’ll keep cost of production down, we will work with local businesses and pay a living wage at all times, and use the services of social enterprises where possible — we met Moona, our production assistant through an amazing charity, Iconic Steps, in London. We are chatting with folks to have it premiered at high-profile film festivals and screened at travel-industry events around the world.
What's the story here? Yes, the film will reveal the cultural challenges that many girls face just to get an education — poverty, geography, and most challenging, their social role and position. But by sharing simple stories through the voices of four young people and their supportive house mothers who've helped them on their journeys this honest, sensitive film is different to the typical outsiders-looking-in documentaries with narrators from overseas dropping by to tell you their take. Intimate storytelling comes entirely through the girls' own words — in English, French, Arabic, Berber and Amazigh languages (subtitled) — this film will reveal the gentle growth and evolution of their hopes and dreams through a sensitive portrayal of their daily life, their routine, relationships and roles in their immediate community. They’re best at telling you — so we want you to meet the boarding-house girls studying at the lycée in Asni, a charismatic young woman now in a post-graduate programme in Casablanca, a young girl who almost didn't make it midway through primary school but who's just accepted into University — and we'll capture the exciting intake of next year's students — and hopefully, in future, follow their journeys…
Every penny will help. Yes, want to raise £25,000 to cover all filming, production and distribution costs; but any expenses above this we'll cover and anything raised above this amount will help us promote and distribute the film which will of course help with the charitable work of Education For All. By crowdfunding us to work with a local production team and translators on the ground in Morocco this project will have a positive impact socially and economically, and do an incredible amount raise the profile of a remarkable charity so they can raise funds for more boarding houses in Morocco — and hopefully, inspire similar initiatives around the world.
As a travel writer, I’ve been moved by what Education For All has quietly been doing since first meeting Mike McHugo and his brother Chris and hearing about how their unique mountain retreat Kasbah du Toubkal helps fund the charity’s work. It's always inspiring to celebrate how businesses — in this case a community run luxury eco lodge — can be a force for good and show those which have purpose up there as a priority. Education for All's incredible achievements in the last decade has earned Mike McHugo an MBE in the most recent round of New Year’s Honours. Maybe you’ll be inspired to set up your own initiative somewhere?
How did Education for All start?
Education For All has just built its sixth boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18. They provide three nutritious meals a day, comfortable dorms, hot showers, access to computers and study support — all overseen by local housemothers. Despite the government’s support of education policy and women’s rights, half of the country is still not literate, and in rural areas, up to 83% of women are illiterate. We know that investing in girls’ education is essential —but let us show you how an educated girl educates her family and whole community. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy convincing rural deprived families to give up their girls during the week so they could go to school. It was more than building accommodation — as we discovered spending time with these 'weekday families' in Morocco, it’s the warm, caring dedicated housemothers who are the beating heart of these boarding homes. Through an honest, intimate thought-provoking portrayal of their lives, we want this film — our film, and yours — to enlighten, inspire and celebrate these dedicated, loving housemothers who are giving families facing poverty a precious chance for their daughters to fulfil their potential.
It costs Education For All £1,000 for one girl to live full board at one boarding house for one academic year. We hope to inspire more people to support this charity by promoting it through this film and also open minds around the world about how it’s not just about governments building schools — sometimes it’s about facilitating access to those schools. This short film will raise awareness of the invaluable impact of girls accessing education past primary school level and show how grass-roots charity initiatives such as this can genuinely change worlds.
Risks and challenges
We hope to shoot this film in two parts, on location in Morocco, aiming to have the first draft edit completed for September.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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