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A Powerful Noise

In CARE's A Powerful Noice: The Impact of One Voice, the Power of Many, we meet the leader of a women's raspberry-growers cooperative in Bosnia, talk with the head of a school for young women in Mali, and sit down with an HIV/AIDS community organizer in Vietnam. We listen as Serbian refugee Nada Makovic talks about the hardships—and successes—of working to empower women in a post-conflict setting. We watch as Bui My Hanh bikes across her city to pass out condoms to her people. And, we listen to Jacqueline Dembele, called Madam Urbain, as she sings and dances with her students.

Chosen by dozens of film festivals around the US, and anticipated to be screened in film festivals around the world, A Powerful Noise is a visually rich representation of the strength and courage of women everywhere. As we get to know these three women, we are reminded of the many women working tirelessly for change. Producer Sheila C. Johnson put it best. "It's not about the power of one," she says. "But instead activating the combined power of many both domestically and abroad" that will have an impact.

On March 5th, in honor of International Women’s Day, CARE will host screenings of this captivating documentary in over 450 theaters nationwide. The film will be immediately followed by a town hall discussion with expert and celebrity panelists—including Nicholas Kristof, Christy Turlington Burns, and Dr. Helene Gayle—broadcast from New York City to participating theaters. To see a complete list of participating venues, and to purchase tickets now, click here.


If World Pulse were a documentary film it would be A Powerful Noise: The Impact of One Voice the Power of Many. This film allows the women to speak for themselves. It masterfully achieves three narratives without having to add in a voice over or a on the scene reporter that explains what you're looking at, yet the editing is such that the viewer understands clearly the stories that are unfolding. The cinematography is gorgeous and captivating without romanticizing the circumstances in which these women live. The colorful footage of local scenery and people augments the voices of the women to fill in the context of their stories. It is so refreshing to see women who are making a big difference in the world by acting on a few concrete ideas to improve the places where they live. Rather than re-enforcing women's plight, victimization and desperation in developing countries, we get to hear from women who don’t accept the status-quo, and how they challenge themselves, their families, and their communities to reach for a more perfect world.

Cynthia Casas

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