Earlier this month Laura Doggett, a documentary filmmaker presented during The GWU Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Laura is a filmmaker, community and educator whose work creates opportunities for young women to express themselves. In the past, she's worked with marginalized youth in the Appalachian mountains, and immigrant communities in NYC and Washington, DC. More recently, Laura's work took her to the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan where she developed photo and filmmaking workshops for girls in the camp. She encouraged the girls to document their everyday lives as refugees, and allowed each girl to develop her own voice with very little hands on direction. This evolved into the Another Kind of Girl Collective. Laura screened seven short films for us during grand rounds. I was struck by the resilience and hope in the films; these girls don't want to be known to the world as refugees - they are young woman with the same hopes and dreams that women all over the world have. The films have been shown at international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes and SXSW, and have won awards and been featured in the press. As stated on their website, "the girls feel part of a movement to change how the world sees young refugees. They are challenging and broadening the black and white, largely tragic narrative told by mainstream media by sharing their complex and nuanced accounts of their own lives."
You can check out more about the collective, and watch the short films on the website http://anotherkindofgirl.com.