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Pakistan.

RIGHTS NOT ROSES:

ENDING CHILD, EARLY, AND FORCED MARRIAGE IN PAKISTAN

Kenya.

GIRLS AT THE HEART OF IT:

COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN KENYA

Brazil.

DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE:

FIGHTING RACISM AND PATRIARCHY IN BRAZIL

Georgia.

LIVING OUT LOUD:

LGBTQI+ RIGHTS IN GEORGIA

U.S.A.

RISING POWER:

BUILDING AN INTERSECTIONAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

Gender Justice.

No Exceptions.

A DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES FROM TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD–WINNER SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY AND GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN

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Feminist movements have the power to disrupt the status quo and radically alter the course of history for women and girls—and ALL historically marginalized people and communities globally. But what does it really look like to be a feminist leader today?

In Fundamental you meet grassroots movements and community leaders who are standing up for our fundamental human rights. The series profiles a distinct set of remarkable grassroots leaders working on issues from ending child, early, and forced marriage in Pakistan to pursuing LGBTQI+ liberation in Georgia. These incredible leaders are at the frontlines of fighting for gender justice, and mobilizing to write new futures for themselves, their societies, and the world. At a time of unprecedented political uprisings around the globe, Fundamental invites global audiences to engage directly with the dedicated and courageous leaders who are standing up for our fundamental human rights and writing new futures for themselves, their communities, and the world.

Make a donation to Global Fund for Women today to support activists like those featured in Fundamental who are on the frontline fight for gender justice. No exceptions.

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About Sharmeen

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FUNDAMENTAL IS DIRECTED BY SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY, TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have been awarded two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Since 2001, she has made over two dozen award-winning films in over 16 countries around the world. Her films include “Student Athlete,” “Girl in the River,” “Song of Lahore,” “Saving Face,” “Peace Keepers,” and “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret.”

Read Sharmeen’s Director’s Statement.

In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year the Pakistan Government awarded her with highest civil honor “Hilal-e-Imtiaz.” In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. In 2017 the International Center for Journalists awarded her the Knight International Journalism Award for her work that led to legislative change.

Presented by YOUTUBE ORIGINALS

A Production of SOC FILMS and GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN

Directed by SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY

In Association with FORK FILMS and SECRET SAUCE MEDIA

Executive Producers

CATHERINE KING
JULIE PARKER BENELLO
ABIGAIL E. DISNEY
MARIA NUNEZ
SUSAN SHERRERD

PATTY QUILLIN
LYNDA WEINMAN

Series Produced by SAFYAH USMANI and SHAHRUKH WAHEED

Executive Producers for Global Fund for Women
LATANYA MAPP FRETT
MUSIMBI KANYORO

Co-Executive Producer
KERRY GARDNER AM

Associate Producers
ELIZABETH COLTON
JUNEMARIE JUSTUS
MICHELLE MERCER & BRUCE GOLDEN

With Support From
BETTY REGARD
MARGOT MILLIKEN
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
LEVI STRAUSS FOUNDATION

SOC Film Team

Line Producer SYED AYUB

Project Manager HUMA SHAH
Color Correction of Photography MURTAZA ALI
Subtitles MISHAAL ADHAAMI , ANAS AHMED
Researchers KULSUM EBRAHIM, MAHEEN JAM
Interns AMAL ALAM, HAIDER ALI, MUZHIRA AMIN, MAHEEN KHAN, ASFANDYAR KOHATI,  USAMA MUMTAZ LALI, NEHA MIRZA

Global Fund for Women Film Team

Communications and Engagement
LORI ADELMAN
NICOLE CROSSLEY
KRISTA WALTON POTTER
ANJA TRANOVICH
KARA WUEST

Programs
AIDA AKIM-ESCRIVA

LISA BLOCK
CINTHIA CARVAJAL
SANGEETA CHOWDHRY
ANKIT GUPTA
LEILA HESSINI
BRITT JENKINS
AISSATA SAL
SIRI SVANOE-LOGGINS
ZAHRA VIENEUVE
ERIN WILLIAMS

Story Advisor
MICHAELA LESLIE-RULE

Media Advisors
MEREDITH BLAKE
EUNICE CHUNG
WENDY COHEN
LOCSI FERRA
BIANCA GRIMSHAW
EMMA HO
JUDITH HELFAND
KATHERINE IMP
BETH KARLIN
WENDY LEVY
SUSAN MARGOLIN
JOSEPH PINEDA
FRANCESCA PRADA
ANNA TENUTA
CLARE WINTERTON
HUB COLLECTIVE
PICTURE MOTION

 

PAKISTAN EPISODE

Episode Producer SAFYAH USMANI
Director of Photography & Photography FAIZAN ALI
Second Camera KHURRAM VICTOR
Editor & Colorist HUSAIN QAIZAR
Sound SAMEER KHAN
Music TAHA MALIK
Transcriptions HAIDER ALI

Special Thanks

SABAHAT MUSHTAQ
RAHIM AHMED
AYESHA
MASTER AYUB
NOOR EDUCATION TRUST
RUKHSHANDA NAZ
ZARMINA
PALWASHA

 

BRAZIL EPISODE

Episode Producer SAFYAH USMANI
Associate Producer JULIA MAIN
Director of Photography FAIZAN ALI
Second Camera KHUMARU VICTOR
Editor and Colorist HUSAIN QAIZAR
Sound SAMEER KHAN
Music TAHA MALIK

Special Thanks

BRUNA AMARO
LÍVIA CARCERES
DANIELE DUARTE
ANA MIRIA CARINHANHA
LIA MANSO
MARCELLA ANTUNES MARIA
SAMIRA REIS MARQUES
HOZANO MENDES
LAURA MOLINARE
ROGÉRIA PEIXINHO
IVANA ROSAS
LUCIA XAVIER
CRIOLA

US EPISODE

Episode Producer SAFYAH USMANI
Associate Producer JULIA MAIN
Director of Photography FAIZAN ALI
Second Camera NADIR SIDDIQUI
Editor HUSAIN QAIZAR
Colorist SOURATH BEHAN
Sound SAMEER KHAN
Music TAHA MALIK

Special Thanks

ALICE M. ADAMS
BERNICE ADAMS
M ADAMS
SHYRA ADAMS
VANESSA DANIEL
PARIS HATCHER
SHEESENPHOOYW MOUA
TRUE THAO
KABZUAG VAJ
FREEDOM, INC.
GROUNDSWELL FUND

GEORGIA EPISODE

Episode Producer SAFYAH USMANI
Associate Producer NINO ISAKADZE
Director of Photography NADIR SIDDIQUI
Second Camera SALOME SAGARADZE
Editor MISHAAL ADHAMI
Colorist HUSAIN QAIZAR
Sound SAMEER KHAN
Music TAHA MALIK
Additional Footage LIANA JAQELI
Transcriptions TINATIN CHIRINASHVILI, SOPIO POPPY, PRUIDZE, NEHA MIRZA

Special Thanks

EKATERINE AGHDGOMELAHSVILI
KHATUNA CHAPICHADZE
MARIAM GAGOSHASHVILI
EKATARINE GEJADZE
NATIA GULIASHVILI
NINO KHARCHILAVA
THEA LESHKASHELI
TSIALA RATIANI
TAMAR TANDASHVILI
EKATARINE TSERETELI
WOMEN’S INITIATIVE SUPPORTING GROUP

KENYA EPISODE

Episode Producer SHAHRUKH WAHEED Associate Producer MAUREEN WANJIKU
Logistical Coordinator KEVIN OGONDI
Director of Photography NADIR SIDDIQUI
Second Camera KHURRAM VICTOR
Editor ANAS K. AHMED
Colorist SOURATH BEHAN
Sound SAMEER KHAN
Music TAHA MALIK

Translation and Transcriptions
MAUREEN WANJIKU, ANAS K. AHMED, ASFANDYAR KOHATI

Special Thanks

MARY ADHIAMBO
MARY ANYANGO
PURITY KAGWIRIA
JOY ZAWADI
NELLY RASI
AKILI DADA 

Special thanks to everyone at Global Fund for Women who helped bring this project to life.

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