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SHORT FILMS

These are a snapshot of the short films and videos produced by V-Day and One Billion Rising…

RAISE THE VIBRATION
To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2020, we are thrilled to announce the release of our latest short film – “Raise the Vibration” featuring voiceover by actor/activist/V-Day Board member Thandie Newton and words by Tony award winning playwright / One Billion Rising and V-Day founder V (formerly Eve Ensler). Directed by filmmaker Deborah Anderson (“My Revolution Lives In This Body”) and produced by One Billion Rising’s V, Monique Wilson and Susan Celia Swan. The short rcelebrates the One Billion Rising campaign’s 2020 theme of “Raise The Vibration.” It is a call to honor women’s agency over their bodies and their right to be safe and free, a call to move our bodies so that the freedom and energy we shake loose becomes a new energy bringing in a new future. A call to see, cherish, nurture, respect and protect our Mother Earth as we are not separate from her. Her life is our life.

WE ARE RISING
Social justice artist Taína Asili has composed and written a liberation song – in collaboration with One Billon Rising, entitled “We are Rising.” We are honored that Taína has created this new anthem for One Billion Rising. It is a call to action, to dance, to RISE. The song celebrates our collective energy, creative resistance, and solidarity as we RISE against the tides of violence against all women, climate crisis, racism and corporate greed. Executive Produced by V (formerly Eve Ensler), Susan Celia Swan & Monique Wilson for One Billion Rising.

LIKE A WOMAN
On International Women’s Day 2019, singer/songwriter Ryan Amador partners with One Billion Rising on release of “Like a Woman” calls men to recognize and celebrate women’s leadership, and to join the movement to end gender-based violence. The release of “Like a Woman” is part of V-Day’s 20th anniversary (V20) initiative to create new disruptive art pieces that inspire people to act.

DISMANTLE
“Dismantle” launched on 14 February 2019 in conjunction with One Billion Rising global mass actions, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues and V-Day. “Dismantle” features a fusion of soulful afrobeats and classic New Orleans bounce, with lyrics that exemplify and raise awareness of the work needed to end sexism. In the video, ArchDuke performs in a mirrored room, brimming with movement and reflecting the energy of these men as they answer and issue a call to action. The song ends with a dance break, featuring a diverse group of women, coming together to rejoice in the music and the message.

MY REVOLUTION LIVES IN THIS BODY
In commemoration of V20, the twentieth anniversary of V-Day and “The Vagina Monologues”, V-Day and One Billion Rising are proud to present “My Revolution Lives In This Body”, a short film written by V (formerly Eve Ensler), performed by Rosario Dawson (V-Day Board Member) and directed and edited by filmmaker Deborah Anderson. The film was produced by Monique Wilson and Susan Celia Swan.

WHAT IS V-DAY
It’s been almost 20 years since V-Day was founded, since V’s (formerly Eve Ensler) play “The Vagina Monologues” shattered taboos, sharing the stories of women as they had never been told before. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), girls and the planet. We will work to do the work of dismantling the systems that allow violence in all of its forms to fester. Day in and day out. Until the violence stops. For all women, for all girls, for Mother Earth.

ONE BILLION RISING SHORT
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. ONE BILLION RISING features footage from activists in over 207 countries and showcases the radical awakening of body and consciousness that took place in 2013.

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE SHORT
In 2013, one billion women and men shook the earth through dance to end violence against women and girls. In 2014 activists in 200 countries rose for JUSTICE for all survivors of gender based violence and the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. It is directed and edited by Kirthi Nath and produced by V (formerly Eve Ensler), Susan Celia Swan, and Monique Wilson, featuring professional and amateur cinematographers from 200 countries. It features “Break the Chain” with lyrics by Tena Clark and music by Tena Clark and Tim Heintz.

SOLIDARITY SHORT
In 2018, One Billion Rising’s campaign theme was to expand its theme of REVOLUTION and SOLIDARITY. 1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February through 8 March, Risings take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities. Directed and edited by Kirthi Nath, the Solidarity short showcases activists who have mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people across the planet to end violence against women and girls.

CITY OF JOY NETFLIX TRAILER

CITY OF JOY, directed by first-time director Madeleine Gavin, follows the first class of women at a revolutionary leadership center in eastern Congo called City of Joy, from which the film derives its title, and weaves their journey as burgeoning leaders with that of the center’s founders (Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, women’s rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver and radical feminist V (formerly Eve Ensler), author of The Vagina Monologues) – three individuals who imagined a place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse can heal and become powerful voices of change for their country.

UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS

Until the Violence Stops features playwright and activist V (formerly Eve Ensler) in a powerful film that documents how The Vagina Monologues grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls.More than just testimonies and performances, Until the Violence Stops is a film about empowerment and the importance of dialogue in the healing process. A celebration of women reclaiming their bodies and lives, this moving documentary leaves us with hope that change can happen.

WHAT I WANT MY WORDS TO DO TO YOU

“What I Want My Words to Do To You” offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler), consisting of fifteen women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground Members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose the most terrifying places in themselves, as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women’s writing by acclaimed actresses Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Hazelle Goodman, and Mary Alice.

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