Press Release | Mon November 12, 2018, 10:11 AM EST
“The film is a call to action for each and every person who is lucky enough to see it” -Ann Fries, Artistic Director, Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival – supporting UN Women, Sarasota Film Festival
On November 12th, 2018 - TORONTO, ONTARIO, She’s completed a remarkable tour to 55 festivals across the world, won 24 awards, launched a TED-style talk across social media, and now, Kasha Sequoia Slavner is bringing her documentary, The Sunrise Storyteller, to Toronto, ON at the WE Global Learning Centre from 1pm to 4:30pm. On November 17th, nearly five years after Kasha won 2nd prize in the ‘Dragon’s Den for filmmakers’ Raindance Pitch Competition, the 20 year old filmmaker will share her epic journey across the world and the stories that helped her discover what it means to be a global citizen. Tickets can be purchased at the premiere’s Eventbrite page.
“A moving documentary that offers a deeply-needed shift in lens from division and doom to hope and good.” – Jonathan Fields, Founder of Good Life Project.
The Sunrise Storyteller is a documentary that has inspired hope and catalyzed change by giving a voice to those who are overcoming adversity. The film follows Kasha at 16-years-old as she travels with her mom across seven countries, to document resilient stories.
She highlights example of people who are overcoming adversity despite some of the world’s toughest problems such as poverty, teenage pregnancy, lack of education, human trafficking, conflict. One such story featured in the film is of Vietnamese-Canadian napalm bomb survivor & Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Phan Thai Kim Phuc, the nine-year-old child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972
In creating the film, Kasha says that her desire “is that audiences will connect with the hope and resilience portrayed by each character in the film, and that it moves them to dig deep and take action in their own lives and communities”.
Committed to community, Kasha will be giving back by donating 50% of the proceeds made from the premiere to the organizations that are featured in the film in addition to local organizations.
The premiere will be hosted the event at the state-of-the-art Empatheatre at the WE Global Learning Centre, where Kasha graduated from the very first cohort of the WE Social Entrepreneurship program in December 2017 where she incubated her online ‘Shop-for-A-Cause’ and the film’s accompanying workshop for students.
About Kasha Slavner: As a recognized global teen leader & changemaker since the age of 8, Kasha Slavner realized in her early teens that media distributed to her generation was becoming increasingly negative, leaving consumers feeling overwhelmed and filled with anxiety for the future. At 14 years old, while attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as a youth delegate with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Kasha was moved by the empowering stories of grassroots feminist organizations and their efforts to find positive and sustainable solutions to incredibly difficult problems faced either individually or in their communities.
Upon return home, Kasha had a watershed moment that it was thing to hear of these issues, but she really needed to see where these these stories lived and share them with the world as inspiration and example of what’s possible when hope and resilience are present. This realization led her to start The Global Sunrise Project, as a media hub for social good, for the purpose of sharing positive media as a catalyst for taking action. Her first task? Crowdsource funds & set out across the world to find these stories of empowered leadership and document them. What initially started out as a simple photography project, soon turned into a full-fledged documentary film expedition.
The Sunrise Storyteller which had its World Premiere at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to standing ovations, has travelled the world and screened before audiences as far as Nepal, Europe, Morocco, USA, Wales, Portugal, England, Western Canada and more.
Film website: www.thesunrisestoryteller.com
Home site: www.theglobalsunriseproject.com
For Media Inquiries:
Marla & Kasha Slavner
The Global Sunrise Project
Press Release | Mon November 12, 2018, 10:11 AM EST
Vietnamese-Canadian Phan Thi Kim Phuc (Kim Phuc), the famous Napalm Girl from the 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning photo and now a Unesco Goodwill Ambassador
Kasha on location in Cape Town, South Africa with founder of Jullard Creations.
Kasha meets Jon Landau at the One Young World Conference.
Seng Lao, aka Nap Dow, describes her journey as a refugee walking from Myanmar to Thailand on one flip flop shoe.
Kasha inspired at 8-years-old with Craig Kielburger
Kasha graduates in the first cohort of the WE Social Entrepreneurship Program in December 2017.
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Gen Z filmmaker & social entrepreneur Kasha Sequoia Slavner challenges us to see what becomes possible when we decide to flip the script and take what we're seeing in the news as a call to action.