PATH asked filmmakers from around the world to create films on the theme “Female Condoms are (fill in blank)” for a contest. And filmmakers did! A dozen of the finalists are now posted on a branded PATH channel on YouTube.
An international nonprofit organization working around the world on transforming global health through innovation, PATH will announce winners at a special event at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 28.2013. The first prizewinner will be awarded $5,000 cash, and two other winners will received $2,000 and $500.
In announcing the contest, PATH wrote:
Female condoms may be one of the most promising health technologies that people don’t know or hear much about. We’re hoping you will help us change this by bringing your creative energy and fresh ideas to the Female Condoms Are_______ Film Contest.
….We’re looking for creative and compelling short films that make a case for female condoms. In 1:00 to 5:00 minutes, your film should tell a story about how female condoms can enhance your life or the lives of others and be used in a sex- positive manner. We want your film to thematically address at least one of the questions below:
• Why does the world need female condoms? Are male condoms enough or do we need something more?
• What do female condoms mean to you and women and men in your community?
• How would different types of female condoms affect your lives or the lives of men and women globally?
• How are female condoms different, special, or sexy in your experience or the experience of others?
Films from around the world are represented in the dozen finalists.
- Female Condoms are … by Nawaa Deane, which uses a sexy musical background to show several women preparing for a date, and ends with lettering on the screen: Loving yourself means using a female condom.
- A selection, Female Condoms are Your Reliable Friends, by Ming Yin, which has collected the most views on YouTube with its Woody Allen-style anthromphized sperm that can’t get through the condom barrier.
- An entry by Lisa Russell, Female Condoms are for Dudes, Too, in which two men discuss international travel and the bliss of the female condom.
- A film set in Nigeria by Iyke Erojikwe, Female condoms are peerless, in which a visiting caregiver explains to the mother of seven that she has the right to use a female condom. “It is your life, save it,” says a subtitle.
- A wordless film, Female Condoms are for Everyone, (screen shot above) by The Women’s Collective in which two women mirror each other’s actions, putting on makeup, jewelry and dropping a female condom packet in their purses before heading out.
- Three jazzy women from a health center in Kenya explain the benefits and demonstrate the use of the female condom, especially for youth, in Female condoms are a woman’s bargaining power by Charlie Bland.
- From Pathfinder International and Jamie Jacobsen, a film with credits in Mozambique of women cooking, talking and sharing, in Female condoms are my power, my protection, my pleasure, the second most viewed film.
- A bar story of two guys contemplating a female condom and then one, hearing from a women friend that they add sensual sensations, going off to try it with her in Female Condoms Are Sexy by Robin Brooks.
- A selection from the Community Human Rights and Advocacy Centre (Chrac) in Cameroon, which one man convinces another that using a female condom is better than fighting over sex with his wife, the mother of ten, in Female Condoms are preferable.
- Female condoms are freedom by Denisse Arancibia, made in Bolivia, in which a woman, speaking Spanish, explains her dating philosophy, saying, don’t judge me, as she inserts a pre-date female condom.
- A slice of life film of a woman searching out an unusual source for the female condom in Female Condoms are a Necessity not a Novelty by Florence Adu, who calls it “Our declaration of independence.”
- A humorous film of young love and things that make people feel good — including sex — in which an Asian duo of “soul mates” explores, sometimes in pantomime, their sexual protection options, in Female condoms are pretty nice by Alan TJ. (Below)
Previously on this blog, we’re written about the great popularity of short videos posted on the Internet in “Female Condom Big in YouTube Land.” Now, many more!
This piece was originally posted on Words of Choice and it’s cross-posted here with permission