The beloved Global Girls are at Sundance running around interviewing and plying their powers as "minority women" journalists and media pros...both of these teenage girls were trained during the World Cup, Lungile Buhale in Soweto (yes, she flew all the way to Utah on the plane for the first time and will be spending 6 more days in L.A.) and Jessica Cueva from East LA and a student at Santa Monica Community College. They have interviewed Robert Redford, Danny Glover (about his Black Power Mixtapes), Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Newsome (Miss Representation). Geena Davis, Tiffany Schlain (about Connected and Yelp), the producer of Project Nim and are wowing them all...the whole enterprise is to promote young women to become activists/ filmmakers/ new media journalists from under-served backgrounds and developing countries. www.globalgirlmedia.org. was founded by Amie Williams and Meena Nanji. Two stellar board members, Maria Burton of Five Sisters Productions and Gina Angelone, are chaperoning and setting up interviews.
Global Girls Lungile Buhale and Jessica Cueva
Lungile Buhale is 18 and comes from Johannesburg, South Africa. A local NGO which helps kids with academics discovered her and took her from her village and placed her in a special school. When the founder of Global Girls visited the school to give career guidance in journalism, she was one of four chosen to cover the World Cup. Another coach and mentor, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, told her to "Go to where the silence is and there you will find something", when she was coaching them on how to find newsworthy subjects.
We spent the rest of the interview discussing how women are faring in the media, in arts, and in general and how Geena Davis, who has made a statistical analysis stated that if the pace toward parity continues at the same rate, it will be 700 years before parity is reached. On the other hand, Tiffany Schlain in Connections thinks that with the internet and the rise of pictorial communication a balancing of right brain-left brain activities will bring women and their ways of perceiving reality to the forefront more quickly. Films by women producers and directors combined this year at Sundance make up 26% of the selection. Look at this from Women's Media Center to get the picture.
ABOUT GLOBAL GIRLS:
GlobalGirl Media is dedicated to empowering high school age girls from under-served communities through media, leadership and journalistic training to have a voice in the global media universe and their own futures.
GlobalGirl Media grew out of a coalition of women broadcasters and journalists from around the world who recognized that much mainstream reporting focuses on flash points of violence, celebrity or disaster, while the everyday experience and voice of the invisible majority, particularly young women, passes silently under the radar. With the explosion of social media networking and user-generated content on the web, the fact remains that this media is only open to those who have access to these technologies, leaving many youth, especially young girls in at-risk or impoverished communities, falling hard into the digital divide.
GlobalGirl Media seeks to address this disparity by supplying the equipment, education and support necessary to help young women become digital and blog journalists, bringing their own unique perspective on their lives, their communities and world events to the global web and social media community.
GlobalGirl Media invests in girls to become their own agents of change in bridging the gender digital divide, providing concrete skills with which to improve their personal situations. We firmly believe that working with young women around the world to find and share their authentic voice is an investment in our global future.