Film screening: ‘Where the Water Meets the Sky’
‘Where the Water Meets the Sky’ is a Camfed documentary. Camfed is one of the two charities supported by PemWomen@30, as it focuses on girl’s education. Since 1993, more than 3,000,000 children in the poorest areas of Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe have benefitted from the work of Camfed.
This particular film was written by Jordan Roberts and narrated by Academy Award-winner, Morgan Freeman. The film follows the journey of a group of 23 women in a remote region of Northern Zambia, who come together to tell a story of their choice. They learn how to make a film, but most importantly are able to break the barrier of silence and let their voices be heard.
They decide to film the real-life journey of a particular girl – Penelope – whose life resembles that of many others within the community. Penelope lost both her parents to AIDS, the remaining family possessions were lost to the father’s extended family and at 14, she had to learn to fend for herself, leading her into prostitution. The film, though, has a happy ending, with Penelope being tested negatively for AIDS and receiving sponsorship to attend school. At the end of the project the film produced by the women, is screened to communities throughout Zambia. Through this, light was brought upon the issues of AIDS, prostitution, orphans and women and the communities seemed more willing to discuss these problems openly.
At the end of our own PemWomen@30 screening, key issues in the film, such as, women’s involvement in the community and how Camfed is helping to empower women, were discussed.
Helen Denyer (2012)