We spent three weeks in Malawi, crisscrossing the country while shooting the film. Along the way, we saw beautiful country and met many fascinating people. A photo album from our trip:
In order to make "The Bride Price", we have had to raise a lot of funds. We raised roughly $29,000 before the Africa trip, enough to make the journey with our crew, paying for airfare, hotels, vehicles, drivers and meals. Our American crew has either accepted partial payments with the remainder deferred or, in the case of Producers, Director/Editor and Cinematographer, their entire fees have been deferred in the interest of getting the film shot as quickly as possible. We continue with our fundraising and grant-writing in order to pay those still owed and to cover the costs of film festival entry fees. Thank you to the many, many people who have attended the fundraisers or made donations through the paypal giving page, our Facebook fundraiser and our indiegogo campaign. Special thanks to our local sponsors (Chuck Hahn at Cleveland Financial Group,Graham Chevrolet and Kohl's volunteer program), our major donors and especially the Carl and Annamarie Fernyak Donor Advised Fund at the Richland County Foundation. Here are some photos from a few of our fundraisers:
Please click this link to make a donation to "The Bride Price". We greatly appreciate your support.
Once we have paid outstanding production bills, profits from the finished film will go toward a new center for girls who have managed to escape their forced marriages. The Alinafe Girls Rescue Center is already in the planning stages, their board of directors having secured a $10,000 gift for construction. Skills training, high school completion, housing and day care will all be provided, as needed, for these girls as they work their way to becoming the productive women they always hoped to be. Their website (currently under construction - please stay tuned) is MalawiRescue.com.
Zikomo Kwambiri - Thank you very much.
"The Bride Price", our documentary about forced marriage in Malawi, Africa is now in the midst of a year-long film festival run; having already been named Best Documentary at One Race Human Race Film Festival, Paris International Short Festival and Love Wins Film Festival. We can add three Awards of Excellence from Accolade Global Film Competition in the following categories: Best Documentary Short, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest and Best Use of Film for Social Change.
We are pleased to announce that the film is an Official Selection at next month's North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival! Past Official Selections include LA Femme International Film Festival, Long Island International Film Expo, Toronto International Women Film Festival and we were Semi-Finalist in the Berlin Shorts Awards.
We are now up on vimeo (click here). We await responses from another four festivals while we work on dubbing the film into Chichewa.