Our Indiegogo Campaign is now finished. If you wish to support our project please visit www.waterwomenfilm.com
A Message from the Producer
I am a cultural anthropologist with a specialty in the English speaking Caribbean. I am a Professor at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater MA. I have been committed to environmental issues since I was a child, and this film unites many interests and passions of mine including environmental and gender issues.
I have dedicated Water Woman to the memory of my late mother, Vivian C. Fox who was a passionate advocate for women's rights, social justice and environmental causes worldwide.
About the Film
The film tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad, West Indies, called Fondes Amandes, led by a charismatic woman, Akilah Jaramogi (pictured above). Three decades ago Akilah settled on a barren, deforested hillside, blighted with floods in the rainy season and fires in the dry season. Together with her late husband, Tecumah, they started a family and reforested over 150 acres, restoring health to the hills and the watershed just outside the capital city of Port-of-Spain. When her husband died, Akilah continued this great work, initiating the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), training community members as stewards of the forests and waters. Today Fondes Amandes is a thriving village atop a flourishing forest of 150 acres where residents have planted thousands of seedlings over the past thirty years. The community is visited by international dignitaries and Akilah is heralded as the Wangari Maathai of Trinidad. This film will tell the story of Akilah, the Fondes Amandes villagers and their remarkable achievements, serving as an educational, activist and inspirational tool for students, educators, NGOs and other communities worldwide.
In order to complete and market this documentary, ensuring that it reaches a wide audience and has maximum impact, the film team and I need to raise $25,000. We would be so appreciative if you could help us in any amount you can!
By supporting the production and marketing of the film you will assist the Fondes Amandes Community as well. By donating you will help us to bring awareness to the environmental problems and degradation of natural systems which many communities in Trinidad face. With combined efforts we can work together to inform people of the inspirational acts of one woman and a community.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that not everyone is able to make monetary contributions. We would greatly appreciate it if you could reach out to at least five friends and colleagues who may share these concerns and wish to contribute to our efforts. Spread the word! We need all the help we can get!
Diana Fox (Executive Producer)
Sarah Feinbloom (Producer, Co-Director)
Swati Guild (Co-Director, Camera, Editor)
Lydia Landim (Campaign Manager)