Think of it as PeaceCorps for filmmakers. The nonprofit Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) sends filmmakers and media educators overseas to teach filmmaking and media literacy to underserved students for 1 full year.
Their mission is to provide opportunities for cultural exchange and to empower students to tell their own stories
The filmmakers have taught students in underserved communities across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Honduras, India, a Navajo Indian Reservation (US), Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, and Thailand.
FWB partners directly with schools and community organizations in developing countries. FWB educators work directly with youth in overseas classrooms 6 hours/day, 4 days/week for 1 year.
They provide participants with curriculum, cameras, and equipment and cover the cost of flights, housing, food, and insurance.
Their curriculum uses all aspects of the filmmaking process as a means for promoting cross-cultural exchange, creative empowerment, and digital storytelling.
Students learn such skills as: Storytelling Techniques, Creative Writing, Photography & Storyboarding, Film Production (Shooting/Framing), Audio & Sound Design, Editing & Post-Production, Interviewing Techniques and Leadership/Communication.
These skills are put to use in a range of film from documentaries and film scripts to photography and multimedia projects.
FBW also connects classrooms across borders and oceans. Using Skype, Google Docs, and other digital tools, the FBW team connects NYC students with youth in overseas communities.
Students work together to make short film projects and learn about each others’ culture.
FWB works with partner organizations across 11 different countries and fully-funds filmmakers to travel, live, and teach overseas for 1 year.
Donation help cover the cost of roundtrip international flights, housing and food (12 months), local transportation, evacuation insurance, cameras, laptops, and additional equipment.
The campaign’s goal is $10,000 and ends in 2 days.