International Women’s Day film series

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Premiering on ShortsTV and available on Digital and On Demand March 8, 2021

Five short documentaries celebrating the perseverance and passion of women entrepreneurs.

“FIVE” is a documentary film series that follows the journey of five women from five countries across the globe who have each set out to start a purpose-driven business to improve and uplift their communities. The short films were commissioned by Mastercard and spotlight the following global businesses.

Chicago Chef Maya-Camille Broussard featured in “Justice of the Pies.”

Where to Watch

“FIVE” premiered on March 6 at 8/7c on the ShortsTV channel on DirecTV (channel 573), AT&T U-Verse (channel 1789), AT&T TV (Channel 573), Google Fiber (channel 603), Frontier Communications (channel 789), and Hotwire (channel 560). The collection was also made available on demand on Vimeo and other providers on March 8. For the latest on where to watch the films, please visit https://fivefilmsmc.com/.

JUSTICE OF THE PIES, Directed by Michelle Marrion

Basil key lime, blue cheese praline pear, lavender lemon—mouth-watering pies by chef Maya-Camille Broussard delight all five senses. Created to honor her father’s legacy as a Chicago criminal defense attorney who could never say no to a good pastry, Justice of the Pies serves not only the most inventive pies in town but also the city’s future talent, by teaching skills like nutrition and budgeting to kids from underserved communities while they bake their first delicious pie. Trailer: JUSTICE OF THE PIES (USA)

HARFA, Directed by Ella Mische

Learning is a lifelong pursuit, often brimming with a wealth of books and experts on every topic imaginable. But when Irena Orlovic went searching for ways to help teach her young daughter with a developmental disability, she discovered only empty bookshelves in her native language. What began as an educational journey of her own led her to start Harfa, a publishing house founded with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to help teach an entire country. Trailer: HARFA (Croatia)

 

ONGANIC FOODS, Directed by Lisa Madison

After starting her own garden, journalist Ekta Jaju uncovered that modern farming practices were causing profound health effects on small farmers in her district. Curious and community-minded, Ekta began educating hundreds of farmers about the dangers of pesticides and showing them a better way through organic farming. Her mission quickly blossomed into a thriving business based on sustainable agriculture. ONganic Foods is living proof that one small seed of change can transform a countryside. Trailer: ONGANIC FOODS (India)

SARAH’S BAG, Directed by Nadia Naffa

“Sarah’s Bag” follows the story of solicitous entrepreneur Sarah Beydoun. While working on her thesis in Sociology, Sarah’s eyes were opened to the struggles of women who had been left behind – enduring imprisonment, abuse, and prostitution. While working at her brother’s shop where an artisan used to come and fix old bags, Sarah felt inspired to train these women on different handcraft techniques that are unique to her region’s traditions. Sarah employed these women to start creating unique handbags, which would allow them to have the means to support their families financially and gain their dignity back. “Sarah’s Bag” takes you inside the lives of those given a second chance. Trailer: SARAH’S BAG (Lebanon)

On the 4th of August 2020, an explosion occurred that severely damaged Beirut. The blast ripped through Sarah’s storefront of 20 years. The roof collapsed on Sarah but she survived. Today, she is working to rebuild her store and expand her business both domestically and internationally, while continuing to provide an income and a lifeline to those who work with her.

TALENTO INCLUIR, Directed by Renata Sette

In a split second, life changed for Carolina Ignarra. Following a harrowing accident, she would need to traverse the crowded streets of São Paulo, Brazil, in a wheelchair forever. She quickly discovered the biggest challenge she was about to face wouldn’t be her own disability, but systemic workplace discrimination for the broader Sao Paulo disabled population. Driven to educate managers on the meaning and value of inclusivity, Carolina started Talento Incluir to help promote new pathways for employers to value, hire and redefine what it means to be top talent. Trailer: TALENTO INCLUIR (Brazil)

Take a look at the trailer for all five: COMBO TRAILER

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