Film Review: Women are Heroes
A review of the film, ''Women are Heroes,'' which will be shown at this year's Projecting Change festival on May 27, 2011.
This Canadian premier of the latest film from legendary French photographer JR documents a spectacular journey around the globe to discover the many different lives of women in their daily struggles. Each a hero in their own way, each subject projects a message of hope in circumstances that to us are nearly incomprehensible and certainly overwhelming.
The film takes us all the way from Kenyan slums to shanty towns in Rio de Janeiro, by way of life on the streets in India and Cambodia.
In each of these places we see the truly difficult lives of ordinary women who survive and thrive extraordinarily with smiles on their faces as they hope for a better life.
Amongst the squalor and abject poverty of their living conditions, we get to witness the daily struggles of women who are true heroes. By taking their portraits and displaying them on the walls of buildings in their neighborhoods, JR focuses a spotlight on their lives and plights in such a way that illuminates their strong personalities and again projects a feeling of hopefulness.
In this way the women receive recognition in their lives that may have been missing and which they so richly deserve.
Women are Heroes allows us to travel the world and see things through the eyes of one of the world's most celebrated photographers. We can observe the daily struggle that women the world over endure and yet there is such a hopeful, positive spin on their efforts that you cannot help but feel moved.
Each woman depicted fights to make her corner of the world a better place for not just herself, but also for her children and family. We leave the film feeling like we too can affect a positive change in the world around us.
Details of the film on the Women Are Heroes site.