Female Condoms Are_______ Film Contest
In late 2012, we asked filmmakers from around the world to submit their powerful and creative stories about female condoms. After reviewing dozens of films from five continents—and narrowing the entries to 12 finalists—our incredible judging panel has made its choices. These winners were announced and screened at the Female Condoms Are_______ Film Festival on May 28, 2013, at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners! Read more about the film contest as an innovative advocacy initiative in our Reproductive Health Matters publication: “Female Condoms Are___”: Bringing local voices to decision-makers through a film contest.
Winner (US$5,000)—Female Condoms Are My Power, My Protection, My Pleasure!
Submitted by: Linda Suttenfield, Estrella Alcalde, Nelson Fakir, Jaime Jacobsen, Felix Mambucho, Elizabeth Ortiz, Samboko, Nina Yengo, Matchume Zango, on behalf of Pathfinder International
Description: This film follows Deolinda and her work as a volunteer activist in Mozambique, empowering women to change their lives with the female condom. Benjamin, a fellow activist, takes on the other side of the equation—changing the minds of unsupportive men.
Second place (US$2,000)—Female Condoms are Preferable
Submitted by: Doh Marceline Kahndi and the Community Human Rights and Advocacy Center
Description: Tangie is someone who needs satisfaction, so he keeps asking for sex at wrong times. As a result of his sexual urges, he has so many children. Mangie, the wife of Tangie, no longer wants children but needs satisfaction from her husband. After a long sensitization from Pa Muluh, Tangie now realizes that the female condom is preferable.
TIE: Third place (US$500)—Female Condoms Are a Woman’s Bargaining Power
Submitted by: Karel Blondeel
Description: This film shows three Kenyan women from the reproductive health drop-in center in Kisauni, Mombasa. They are big fans of the female condom; they tell us why and show us how to use it. One of the big advantages in using the female condom is the bargaining power it gives to women. They “own the female condom” and it “gives them the upper hand in sex,” which will contribute in getting to zero new infections of HIV.
TIE: Third place (US$500)—Female Condoms Are Pretty Nice
Submitted by: Alan Ting Judson, Tan Xin Tian, and Tang Ming Ting
Description: In this film about life’s pleasures—including sex—a young couple explores its options for protection, and finds that female condoms have a lot to offer.
The Female Condoms Are_______ Film Contest was organized by PATH, the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and the National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC).
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