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Women are the Change

With only a tiny percentage of girls in sub-Saharan Africa making it to college--or even knowing someone who has--this film is about seven ordinary girls who did make it to college will introduce new inspiring possibilities to girls throughout Africa. The women of the film, like other ordinary girls, endured cultural barriers, civil war, loss of family, and other life challenges. They are now helping people of their countries come out of poverty, achieve food security, and generally improve their lives.

  • Philip Lewis
    Advice, 100 Miles To Lordsburg, Petra
  • Linda Stout
  • Philip Lewis
  • Linda Stout
  • Philip Lewis
  • Scott Saiz
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, United Republic of, United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Intendence Film Festival, Denver CO
    United States
    March 22, 2018
    Best Documentary
  • Women's Film Festival, Washington DC
    United States
    March 19, 2017
  • Phoenix Film Festival, Ottawa, CA

    April 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Spotlight Documentary Awards
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    January 20, 2021
    Gold Medal Award
  • Impact Doc Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    January 26, 2021
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • https://www.kanopy.com/product/women-are-change-overcoming-barriers-educa
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View
Director Biography - Philip Lewis, Linda Stout

Linda Stout is the Co-Director, Producer and brain child of this film. She has dedicated herself to giving voices and power to women all over the world. She is the Founder of the organization called "Women for Change" and is proud to present this film to you.

Dr. Philip Lewis is a Professor in the School of Film, Media and Theatre at Georgia State University, as well as a film director and writer. He is the Director of the Georgia Media Arts Consortium which produces films, television and media in all forms -- television shows, feature films, music videos and documentaries -- using talented students as crew. He has produced and directed dozens of films and television programs on four continents and is an award winning documentary film director (winning an ACE in 1990, and the Local Legacy Award by the Library of Congress in 1999). Over his 37-year career in the industry, he has worked for CBS, NBC, MTV, Sony Pictures, TNT Productions and other major media companies throughout Europe, America and Australia.

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Director Statement

Africa is a growing, developing, wonderful place with glorious people who are hard working and generous. It is not without its faults, but this is a good place to start.

The women depicted in this film are the next generation of the New Africa. One that elected a woman in Malawi. One that has developed 7 new universities in Ethiopia. One that has 40% women in the universities compared to 6% a decade ago in Ghana.

This movie will inspire you to cheer as you watch what women are up against and still succeed in these countries. This is the moment that Women are the Change.