WhyWeMarch.film (documentary)

University of Auckland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    WhyWeMarch.film (documentary)

  • Host University

    University of Auckland

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Human Rights, International Politics, International Studies, Media Studies, Peace and Conflict, Political Science, Research, Social Policy, Sociology, Women's Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    It is expected students will have completed at least two full years at a four year university at time of participation.


    - Excellent research and online skills (Word, Excel, and Google docs)
    - Competent and professional writer
    - Highly organized
    - Able to work under pressure and with a team
    - Confidence in approaching possible participants
    - AVID editing skills and second language skills a plus


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Whywemarch.film is a documentary on the global women’s marches of January 21, 2017. In 81 countries – from Antarctica, through Africa, to Iceland - an estimated 5 million people took to the streets, the biggest mass protest in history. This global demonstration forms the spine of our film, as it explores the status of women around the world. Our process is innovative: We have set up a web portal where women everywhere, of differing nationalities, classes, ages and religions have been invited to upload ‘selfie interviews’ answering: Why did you march? What is the most important issue facing women where you live? What ongoing actions have been triggered by the march? We are also gathering uploads of images from that day’s vast archive. These crowdsourced interviews and archives will be supplemented by filmed ‘case studies’ that take a more indepth look at particular issues: these could be India’s #ISHALLGOOUT movement; Argentina’s march against ‘femicide’; Ireland’s struggle for reproductive rights; and the US marchers’ confrontation with the NRA or for immigrant rights. Wherever women marched, they showed they did not march for themselves alone, or for singular issues. They marched as a collective whole, believing that despite our differences women must work on multiple different fronts to effect progressive change.

    A researcher would assist with archival research and outreach, production management, possible editing assemblies, transcription, scheduling and general production assistance. There are always multiple tasks involved in the various phases of filmmaking and it can be hard to pinpoint these at this point, as they will be determined by external factors such as success in fundraising and our shooting schedule. But given the busyness of filmmaking, the researcher will be involved in multiple tasks. S/he will not have a single output (for example a 6000-word essay) but will accrue points based on a series of discrete responsibilities.

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