Hope is Growing

Film & Conversation Series

Join us on the second Thursday of each month, from 6 – 8pm, at the SowHope headquarters for a free event to raise awareness about the struggles of impoverished women around the world. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP on our main Events page.

2017 Film dates:

February 9th – Girl Rising

About the film: From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

March 8th – I Am a Girl screening at Celebration! Cinema North. Buy your tickets now at: http://gathr.us/screening/19119.

April 13th – TED Talks highlighting women’s issues

Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Price Laureate) – “Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls”

Manal ak-Shatif – “A Saudi woman who dared to drive”

Memory Banda – “A warrior’s cry against child marriage”

May 11th – TBD

June 8th – What is Philanthropy?

About the film: Philanthropy is synonymous with American history,  principles, and culture; yet it remains an evolving and largely misunderstood topic. Salvatore Alaimo’s What is Philanthropy? is a feature length documentary that portrays and discusses the concept of giving within the American context through a critical lens and a variety of perspectives. Sal Alaimo will be in attendance at the SowHope screening to lead a Q & A after the film.

July 13th – TBD

August 10th – TBD

September 14th – TBD

October 12th – TBD

November 9th – TBD

December – NO FILM due to holiday/end-of-year events.


2016 Film dates:

May 26th – Solar Mamas

About the film: The Barefoot College in India trains impoverished women from around the world to become solar engineers. Solar Mamas tells the story of Rafea, a Jordanian Bedouin mother who is given the opportunity to study there and become a solar engineer, capable of bringing power to the most remote places. She attends the college’s program, which brings together 27 women from all over the world. They’re all from poor backgrounds; they are mothers and grandmothers and mostly illiterate. For 6 months, they live on the campus and learn about electrical components and soldering. But staying the course is not easy. The Barefoot College focuses on women because women are more likely to stay in their communities once they’re trained. Unlike men, who’ll take their new knowledge and leave for the big cities, the women will return to their families and homes, bringing their new skills back to share.

June 30th – Half the Sky (clips)

About the film: The documentary series introduces women and girls from 10 different countries who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation. We will be showing short clips from the film that highlight key concepts.

July 28th – Girl Rising (clips)

About the film: Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide.

August 25th – Poverty, Inc.

About the film: The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

October 27th – Documentary film footage highlighting the rape crisis and status of women in India.

The specific documentary footage is a surprise this month! We’ll be learning about and discussing a recent rape case that gained international recognition because of what it made people realize about the culture in India. The really exciting story of our October event is that our partner and local leader in India will be at the SowHope office to discuss the film footage and answer questions!