The She Creates Change films are the first nonprofit-led animation and live action film project to promote gender equality through the stories of young women around the world. Featuring six animated shorts with accompanying live-action mini-documentaries, the films amplify the narratives of six courageous young women from historically low-income communities in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam.
The series portrays how each girl confronts challenges unique to her life — such as harassment, food scarcity or early marriage — along with the life skills she uses to advocate for herself and her future. The stories address topics including climate justice, financial literacy, discrimination, menstruation and sexual harassment.
To produce the film series, Nexus Studios — winner of the Academy Award, BAFTA, Cannes Grand Prix and the Grammy — curated a team of diverse women directors from around the world with distinct visual styles, including Oscar-nominated Siqi Song, Hannah Lau-Walker, Bonnie Forsyth, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Neeraja Raj and Prashanti Aswani.
Emmy-winner Martha Adams, whose pasts projects include “Girl Rising” and “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World,” serves as series director and producer for the project.
Executive producers are Brenda Chapman, the first woman to win an Oscar for best animated film (“Brave”), and veteran screenwriter and director Jill Culton (“Abominable”), recipient of Animation magazine's GAME CHANGER award for being the first woman to write and direct an original animated theatrical feature.
Notable writers like London’s first Young Poet Laureate Warsan Shire, whose poetry was adapted for Beyonce’s “Lemonade,” crafted the screenplays.
The film episodes feature voice over acting by a roster of talent including Freida Pinto, Charithra Chandran, YouTube sensation Prajakta Koli (MostlySane), Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Amrita Acharia and Quyen Ngo. Kenyan R&B pop singer Karun Mungai performs the original She Creates Change campaign song “Who Am I?” written by Warsan Shire and composed by Lucie Treacher.
All six stories from the She Creates Change film series will be coming soon to general audiences. The trailer will be released in celebration of International Day of the Girl in October 2023.