CalArts and UN Women’s HeForShe partner to create films promoting gender equityLisa Derlighter November 21, 2018 0 COMMENTS
The United Nations Women’s HeForShe project has partnered with the California Institute of the Arts to create animated videos that encourage men to stand with women to help end gender inequality and sexual harassment.
The films are a part of a three-part weekly series released by CalArts. The UN will also be releasing many of the films translated into the UN’s six official languages — Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish — on their social media platforms.
As a part of the partnership, CalArts created a class specifically for the production of the films taught by experimental animation professor Pia Borg and character animation professor Soyeon Kim. Global Head of HeForShe Elizabeth Nyamayaro worked alongside students to help their message resonate with communities around the world.
The students that worked on the films include Ana Perez Lopez, Danski Tang, Melissa Ferrari, Kyung Won Song, Jenna Caravello, Gabriel Mangold, Gabriela Escovar, Christopher Bishop, Louise Pau, Minha Song, Elaine Won Choi and Nahla Hambazaza.
“We’ve set these students a tough challenge, but the results are important both for their own aspirations, and also for the potential their films have to directly build gender equality and shape culture change,” Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “These incredibly talented students wield the power to go right to the heart of it with their imagery, and shake us beyond our everyday perceptions.”
On Sept. 26, three of the films premiered at the HeForShe IMPACT Summit during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. CalArts President Rajan was among the speakers, along with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.
““For nearly half a century, CalArts has stood at the forefront of educating artists to create work that positively influences the world,” CalArts President Ravi Rajan said. “Our partnership with HeForShe reflects the innovative spirit envisioned by our founder, Walt Disney, and these student-created films exemplify CalArts’s desire to foster positive cultural change. We are proud to join with UN Women to promote gender equality and their efforts to help change the world.”