Welcome to Bright Light Projects Month of June 2020 Newsletter,
Save Our Girls Documentary has made history at the just ended 5th Edition of the African Film Festival (TAFF) in Dallas Texas. From June 2 – 6, 2020. 37 Selected films from all around the world were streamed live on www.Rootflix.com with jury spanning three continents in about 10 different Counties.
BLP’s “Save Our Girls” Documentary directed by Gibrilla kamara won the African Film Festival 2020 “Founder’s Best Story Award” a category BLP is very proud to uphold given the unique content and message of this documentary highlighting one of the greatest social and health issues confronting many African countries today. This win is for the vulnerable girls on the streets always stigmatized and labelled as negative role models rather than looking at them as assets to their communities if given the opportunities to rise above their desperate situations.
Save Our Girls highlights the boundless potential of young girls if given the chance to challenge the boundaries of their creativity. The entire BLP Board of Directors and our Bright Light Projects Sierra Leone team is proud to receive this award on behalf of wonderful beneficiaries. This opens the doors for many other wins in achieving one of the key objectives of BLP’s Girls Shall Rise Program (GSR).
The highlight of the Festival was the Award Ceremony on June 6, 2020 with T AFF honoring Chief Pete Edochie with the African Film Legend Award. This category is awarded to African Film icons who have shown exemplary achievements in promoting African Content to the rest of the world
Save Our Girls documentary is part of BLP’s Girls Shall Rise Campaign with a focus on providing support, skills training, advocacy for survivors of Gender Based
Violence (GBV) specifically violence against women and children, Commercial
Sex workers, and women living with HIV AIDS. Girls Shall Rise (GSR) is in line
with BLP’s vision to promote and support BLP beneficiaries to become self-reliant and contribute positively to the development of their communities.
GSR has a long term goal of transforming GBV Victims, Commercial Sex Workers into Serial Entrepreneurs through skills training, formal and relevant education in BLP operational communities currently in Bombali and Western Rural Districts in Sierra
Due to the unfortunate situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic, TAFF Festival 2020 was held online at www.Rootflix.com. All selected 37 films this year were streamed on Rooflix and winners of all categories was announced online on June 6, 2020.