We are so thrilled that we made it over the 100% funded mark
with 48 hours to spare - our sincere thanks go out to absolutely
everyone who has helped get us to this point!
Now that we're here - and have a further 48 hours to go - we have
a new goal to raise a further $3,000.
What the extra funds are for:
We have been in contact with investors based in London who may be
interested in backing this project through the rest of production,
and post production; and a further $3,000 will allow Sandy
(producer) to fly back to London after the 6 week shoot in Sri
Lanka to pitch this project to these interested parties. Please
consider helping us with our new target. We would also love for you
to share the campaign everywhere, and tell people how important
this project is.
…How can you change the world, if you don't involve the
Help us tell the story of world-renowned activist Leslee Udwin's
plan to bring tolerance to the world, one pre-school at a time.
Leslee Udwin runs Think Equal - an education initiative with a
mission to introduce social and emotional learning into every
single preschool in the world. Think Equal's ultimate goal is to
end ingrained prejudices and attitudes of sexism, racism and
sectarianism through education.
We have a unique opportunity to tell Leslee's story as it
unfolds but we need your help!
As filmmakers, we are so excited to be invited into the life of
award-winning human rights activist Leslee Udwin to film our
feature documentary, ENDING VIOLENCE, about a woman on a mission to
change the world.
The Sri Lankan government is the first country in the world to
implement Think Equal's progressive education programme, which will
be taught in every pre-school in the country. With your help, we
will be in Sri Lanka to document the roll-out of the programme as
well as following Leslee's efforts to take Think Equal
As we begin shooting ENDING VIOLENCE our story will be unfolding
in real time. With Sri Lanka providing a backdrop, Leslee will
travel the globe encouraging government officials and policymakers
to adopt this progressive education initiative into their current
education system and we plan to go right along with her.
How will Leslee stand in the face of seemingly impossible odds
to bring her vision for a better world into being? Can she
dismantle prejudice and end violence through education? How will
the world respond to her call of action?
This is the seed of change, and we invite you to watch it
How you can help:
We were in Sri Lanka filming some of the pilot program of Think
Equal. Now we need to be there when they launch the program for the
first time nationwide in January 2018. This is the first big
milestone for Think Equal and Leslee Udwin's mission so we can't
We need your help to raise the funds to get our team there to
capture the story as it unfolds. Now that the Think Equal snowball
is rolling, it's starting to get bigger and our resources are
struggling to keep up, so please join us today by donating anything
you can spare. We thank you so much for your help.
The great thing about Boosted is that NZ donors can claim 33%
back on their tax return. For example if you give $100 you can
claim back $33!
How your donations will help us:
- Flights to Sri Lanka and London
- Camera and sound gear hire
- Car hire
About Leslee Udwin
Leslee Udwin is a world-renowned activist, BAFTA award winning
filmmaker, and voted by NY Times to be one of the most impactful
woman of 2015 - placing her in league with women like Hillary
Clinton, Amal Clooney and Susan Rice.
She is quite literally a one-woman force to be reckoned
…All great endeavors begin with a single step…
The island nation of Sri Lanka is now set to be the first
country in the world to legally adopt Think Equal on a nationwide
level from January 2018- teaching the program in over 19,000 pre
Our Producer, Sandy Wijetunge, was there in May 2017, filming
some of the schools running the pilot program and saw how much the
children were enjoying engaging with the content as it was taught
through colourful storybooks, puppet shows and arts and crafts. She
also heard incredible stories of children's gaining self confidence
and changes in the way they behaved towards each other.
ROSE ARCHER - DIRECTOR
Rose Archer is a documentary filmmaker with a background in
videography and editing based in Auckland New Zealand. She has
worked with a wide variety of NGOs and charities over the course of
her career including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and
Rose has directed two short documentaries: Water for Gold, and
Beautiful Democracy. Water for Gold was Rose's directorial debut
and screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival in
2016, was part of the official selection for My Hero Film Festival
California, and official online selection for Lift-Off Film
SANDANI WIJETUNGE - PRODUCER
Sandani is a New Zealand based documentary producer. Sandani
produced both of Rose's short documentaries; Water for Gold was
financed through New Zealand's Loading Doc's initiative, and has
just over 10,000 views on Vimeo. Beautiful Democracy had generous
feedback from all corners of the globe in response to it's release
earlier this year.
Sandani graduated Unitec with a Bachelor of Performing
and Screen Arts in 2013. Her passion is for social justice based
projects, and she is driven to produce films that raise the bar
when it comes to cinematic storytelling within the medium.
KAY LOXLEY - CO-PRODUCER(UK)
Kay Loxley is a London based producer. Having spent three years
from 2009 traveling throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Kay
soon discovered her passion for filmmaking. She nurtured her skills
in production and expanded her networks, in the UK as well as New
Zealand working as a production manager/music video producer at
Candlelit Pictures - an independent film production company based
Since her return to London, Kay has been seen to produce
independent short films, co-ordinate commercials and production
manage feature films. With a boundless passion for narrative
storytelling Kay throws herself into projects that engage,
resonate, inspire … and thrives on bringing them from script
development to the screen.
For more information please check out our website: https://www.endingviolencethefilm.com/
and like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/endingviolencethefilm/
International Woman's Day march
2 MONTHS AGO
The Ending Violence team was out at London Women's Strike, with
our "comrades and sisters", for equality, freedom, and solidarity
last week. Some wonderful women and men were at the march. Rose and
the team were getting some amazing footage at this inspirational
We continue to film Leslee Udwin and her team as they work
tirelessly to bring Think Equal to children around the globe.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
4 MONTHS AGO
It was an incredible 2017 - join us as we look forward to what promises to be an exciting new year!
As development for ENDING VIOLENCE is in full swing, we begin 2018 feeling even more empowered and motivated to continue advocating for gender equality. In our film we will explore how social and emotional learning can be one of the most effective tools for creating a more peaceful and equal society. We turn to education, in the hopes that we will be lead to the day where "no person will have to say #MeToo again."
Thank you again for joining us in making this important film.
Rose and Kay continue to film with Leslee Udwin in London and follow her journey of bringing Social and Emotional learning to the education system world wide, as a mandatory subject.
We can't wait to travel to Sri Lanka in the coming months to document the Think Equal roll out. The Sri Lankan government along with Leslee Udwin are working tirelessly to make the national roll out happen within the next two months.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates:
JUST 4 DAYS TO GO!!
5 MONTHS AGO
EXCITING NEWS>>> WE GOT ANOTHER ANGEL DONOR!!!
With just 4 days to go Rose, Kay and I are so excited to have another angel donor who will give us $4000 if we get over 50 donors on BOOSTED!!!
We are so close to our target now and we couldn't be happier. Will you support us further by sharing the link to our campaign and encourag your networks to be one of the 50 donors who can help us unlock the $4000 in the remaining 4 day?
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far :)
We only need 41 more donors!!
ROSE LANDS IN LONDON
5 MONTHS AGO
Our very own Rose has landed safe in the big smoke!
Meeting her there was Kay, our UK co-producer, before the two of them headed straight to West of the city to pick up the camera and sound gear generously lent to us by Picture Canning.
Next stop ...the Think Equal office to see Leslee and the team, and check into where they're at with their preparations for the New Year launch of the initiative in Sri Lanka! The Ending Violence team aim to be there every step of the way, so please continue to support and follow us!
We have only a week left to make the money we need to get Ending Violence the film under way, so please share the campaign with your friends and family!
See you again soon! xx
Rose is off to London!
5 MONTHS AGO
Rose is off to London today to start filming with Leslee Uwdin
before we head to Sri Lanka in late January to continue filming
Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated to our
campaign so far. We are so excited to make this film and and take
you along on this exciting journey!! :)
Share our campaign with your friends, family and on social media
and help us get to 50%!!
Campaign link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/ending-violence-the-film