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Student Film Nominated for Girls Impact the World Film Festival

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on March 4, 2019

Sabrina AhmadzaiSabrina AhmadzaiPHB'20, has always had a passion for film editing and production, so she sought out to create her own submission for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival, an annual event that focuses on issues facing women and girls around the world. 

For the festival, high school and undergraduate students, submit 3-6 minute short films that address global women's issues such as: education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls, and a variety of other issues. An Afghan American, Ahmadzai considers herself an advocate for girls' education, especially for those in third world countries.

"I thought the Girls Impact The World Film Festival would be the perfect opportunity for me to create something that could inspire young girls and females everywhere," Ahmadzai said.
Her short film is based on the struggles and challenges that females face in order to become successful in their careers. 

"I conducted interviews from Philadelphia to all over the world - traveling to Los Angeles, New York, and Netherlands," said Ahmadzai. "My film recognizes the inspiring stories of four different female leaders, in diverse career backgrounds, including engineering, nonprofit, business and medicine."

Ahmadzai's film was nominated in four categories at the festival: Women In STEM, Women In Business, Women In Media and Education. 

"I hope my film motivates females to push through the barriers to follow their dreams into becoming leaders," she said. "I also hope, that it inspires society as a whole to raise awareness for gender equality." 
The judges decide the finalists in the second week of March. However, the "People's Choice Award" is determined by the number of Facebook likes and tweets each film receives directly from the website. 

See Ahmadzai's film and vote for the People's Choice Award at the GITW Film Video Gallery

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