October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and so often when we think of raising awareness we think of focusing only on the problems. But raising awareness can also focus on those who are making a significant positive difference.
The 50-minute award-winning documentary Hummingbird directed by Holly Mosher focuses on 2 organizations in Brazil, Women's Life Collective and the House of Passage, that are helping solve problems related to domestic violence.
Hummingbird shows how through nurturing vulnerable women and teaching them about their human rights, love and respect they can become productive members of their communities. The same type of unconditional love and acceptance given to at-risk children helps break the cycle of violence for future generations.
I had to make this film because I couldn't forget the look of hope in the eyes of the people in these programs. I also felt compelled to spread the profound stories of the inspiring women running these organizations.
Her next documentary will be on the work of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank which is helping millions of women in Bangladesh by providing micro-loans to women below the poverty line. Thanks to their own hard work and these loans, 54 percent of their recipients have crossed the poverty line.