THE GIRLS OF MERU
(88 min) Canada/Kenya
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Director/Producer: Andrea Dorfman

Description:
Over five years, acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Dorfman follows the heartbreaking yet uplifting story of the girls of Meru and their brave steps toward meaningful equality for girls worldwide. In Kenya, one in three girls will experience sexual violence before age 18, yet police investigations are the exception. In The Girls of Meru, a multinational team led by Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Tumaini Shelter head Mercy Chidi Baidoo builds the case of 11 girls to pursue an unheard of legal tactic. Together they created legal history.

Biography:
Andrea Dorfman works as a filmmaker, animator, cinematographer and artist. She is a graduate of McGill University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She’s made numerous experimental and dramatic short films as well as two feature films, Parsley Days and Love That Boy and the documentary, Sluts. “How to Be Alone,” a video poem she made in collaboration with singer songwriter Tanya Davis, became a viral hit on YouTube, garnering over 5 million views to date. For the past few years she’s been working in animation at the National Film Board of Canada making the Emmy nominated, Flawed, and Big Mouth as well as creating mini-documentaries for the charitable human rights organization, the Equality Effect. Currently she is developing two feature films, Heartbeat, in collaboration with Tanya Davis and The Playground with Jennifer Deyell as well as working with the NFB on a documentary about the Equality Effect’s, “160 Girls” project and on an interactive website about Fogo Island, Newfoundland. She occasionally teaches film and video classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is one of 4 co-creators of Blowhard, a thematic, live storytelling series.

Contact Information:
e: andrea@andreadorfman.com
w: https://www.nfb.ca/film/girls-of-meru


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