UNDP and partner, Dhiraagu, launched the project 'Film for Change' on 16th August 2017. This initiative empowers young people to explore and form narratives on issues such as societal significance through the medium of film.
The project was designed to provide young people with the necessary technical and creative skills on writing, directing and producing documentary-style short films using minimal equipment. The purpose is to stimulate dialogue on different social issues amongst young people, decision makers and the wider community.
The programme consisted of a 3 components; the training component, focusing on film theory and learning about social & developmental challenges; a film-making and producing component, where participants were mentored by industry experts; and finally the screening of the short films at Schwack Cinema in Male'. Following the completion of the training component, mentors will also be involved in guiding participant groups to produce 3 short films based on a social issue. The films were then screened via social media and other public platforms.
The 3 short films produced by the talented groups of youth displayed their remarkable creativity and is proof that the youth of our nation can stimulate change in our society.
Check out the 3 short films below!