The Goddess Project: What It's Like to Cross the Country Filming Women
By Julie Ross Godar on March 16, 2014
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JRG: This past Valentine's Day, you teamed up with Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising to support V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Tell me about the throughline of violence against women that you've noted ran through your interview experience. Did you expect that issue to rise up, or was it unexpected?
TGP: We went into our trip knowing that one in three women experience violence in their lifetime, but hearing each story firsthand was much more intense than we could have anticipated. Whether they were victims of the violence themselves, or witnessed it through a close friend or family member, it was clear to see how devastating the effects were. Speaking to survivors in various stages of their healing process helped us gain insight into the steps one can take to overcome the feelings of isolation and guilt that come with this painful experience. Many of the survivors told us the first step in healing was ending the shame and beginning to share their experiences to help others in need.
JRG: What would you tell our audience of women who blog about telling a story through film?
TGP: More of us need to be doing it! We need to broaden the representation of women in media to include more multifaceted role models for women and girls. Movies play a huge role in shaping culture, and we must recognize the importance of telling stories that empower the viewer, rather than perpetuating the problems. We don’t need any more distorted versions of reality telling us we are not good enough. We are perfect as we are, and more films need to encourage that. As more females get behind the camera, the more content will become relevant to women and girls.
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