Aspiring filmmakers are attracted to writing screenplays and making the movies that inspire deep emotions, but the power of their creations can actually change the world for the better! In the video above, burgeoning actors, directors and writers can watch a discussion from the UN Week Digital Media Lounge about the transformative effect filmmaking has on the entire world – most especially in the developing nations around the globe. Through filmmaking, creatives of all stripes have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable and struggling by exposing their plight to the wider world. Through this type of heroic filmmaking, aid has been rallied to assist in hardships such as the Kosovo war, the Darfur refugee crisis and many others.
This particular talk hosted by Caroline Baron, a film producer and founder of the non-profit group FilmAid, and Lisa Russell, a filmmaker, director and c0-founder of MDGFive.com. In their talk, both women explore the effects film has in shaping an audiences perception of the world. In the case of Baron, FilmAid tours developing nations in order to screen films from the Western world andhelp isolated people expand their worldview and sense of what is possible for the development of their communities. One tour took her to a remote village in Afghanistan for a screening of the American classic film The Wizard of Oz. It was the first time the children there had seen a motion picture or had even heard music.
Russell’s goal with MDGFive.com differs as it uses the power of social media networks to harness the creativity of filmmakers to affect global change. The site focuses on raising awareness for maternal and child health issues by allowing interested filmmakers to “remix” clips of film, music and images to create their own online video! An artist can then share the creation on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter to promote the cause of maternal health.
The discussion was a part of the Social Good Summit presented in partnership by the social networking news site Mashable and New York’s 92Y. The summit brings attention to the many ways technology and media can help find solutions to a host of world challenges. This gathering revolves around the partnership set out by the United Nations Foundation to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, using the extraordinary creativity and talent of filmmakers and new media pioneers to change the world.
Anyone excited to pick up a camera can start on the path to changing the world right now. For fans looking to direct, you may want to check out our filmmakers guide. For all the screenwriters looking to pen the next groundbreaking screenplay or teleplay would need the screenwriting or television writing guides. And for our fans with a dramatic flair, the acting guide can help put you on the path.
Are you interested in the changing the world through the power of film? Which global challenge would you look to take on through the lens of your cameras? Let us know in the comments section below!