About the Film
The “FIVE” films – HARFA, JUSTICE OF THE PIES, ONGANIC FOODS, SARAH’S BAG, and TALENTO INCLUIR – follow the journey of five women from five countries across the globe who have each set out to start a purpose-driven business to improve and uplift their communities. Witness their journey through food insecurity and sustainable farming to special education and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Tickets will be available on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Films include interviews and behind the scenes footage with the women profiled.
“Harfa,” dir. Ella Mische and Thomas A. Morgan – Learning is a lifelong pursuit, often brimming with a wealth of books and experts on every topic imaginable. But when Irena Orlovic went searching for ways to help teach her young daughter with a developmental disability, she discovered only empty bookshelves in her native language. What began as an educational journey of her own led her to start Harfa, a publishing house founded with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to help teach an entire country.
“Justice of the Pies ,” dir. Michelle Marrion – Basil key lime, blue cheese praline pear, lavender lemon-mouth-watering pies by chef Maya-Camille Broussard delight all five senses. Created to honor her father’s legacy as a Chicago criminal defense attorney who could never say no to a good pastry, Justice of the Pies serves not only the most inventive pies in town but also the city’s future talent, by teaching skills like nutrition and budgeting to kids from underserved communities while they bake their first delicious pie.
“ONganic Foods,” dir. Lisa Madison, Thomas A. Morgan – After starting her own garden, journalist Ekta Jaju uncovered that modern farming practices were causing profound health effects on small farmers in her district. Curious and community-minded, Ekta began educating hundreds of farmers about the dangers of pesticides and showing them a better way through organic farming. Her mission quickly blossomed into a thriving business based on sustainable agriculture. ONganic Foods is living proof that one small seed of change can transform a countryside.
“Sarah’s Bag,” dir. Nadia Naffa – Sarah’s Bag follows the story of solicitous entrepreneur Sarah Beydoun. While working on her thesis in Sociology, Sarah’s eyes were opened to the struggles of women who had been left behind – enduring imprisonment, abuse, and prostitution. While working at her brother’s shop where an artisan used to come and fix old bags, Sarah felt inspired to train these women on different handcrafts techniques that are unique to her region’s traditions in Lebanon.
“Talento Incluir,” dir. Thomas A. Morgan, Renata Sette – A specialized consulting firm focusing on the inclusion of disabled people in the labor market, Talento Incluir has placed over 1,000 disabled professionals across a multitude of small, mid and large businesses in Brazil.
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Please note: this film is compatible with desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast, and AirPlay.