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JOIN THE CHALLENGE

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH QS WORLD MERIT

Host a virtual film screening + discussion that focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and report your impact.

1 WINNER

The challenge Winner receives a $350 cash prize, an internship opportunity at a renowned impact media organisation and lifetime access to SIMA’s educational film library for themselves and 1 classroom (up to 30 students) of their choice, in addition to points via the QS World Merit Impact App.

1st RUNNER-UP

Receives  a $150 cash prize, year round access to SIMA’s educational film library, in addition to points via the QS World Merit Impact App.

ALL PARTICIPANTS

Receive Points when you report your Impact via the QS World Merit Impact App

Get a chance to host a virtual film event to advocate for the SDG you care most about.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a QS World Merit Member

You must select 1 of the 17 films curated in the SDG Film Playlist at the bottom of this page.

TIMELINE

Host your virtual screening before AUGUST 24, 2021

Deadline to REPORT YOUR IMPACT is on September 2 | WINNERS will be announced on October 5


READY?
LET’S GET STARTED

STEP 1 SIGN UP

  • Sign Up to Participate

  • Within 72 hours you will receive a WELCOME KIT including: 1) Passcode to access the SDG Film Preview Page where you can watch 17 films and select the one you wish to screen 2) SIMAs Virtual Screening Guidebook to assist with your event planning 3)  the Link to your Screening Contract that you have to submit once you decided on the film title and exact date of your screening.

STEP 2 SELECT YOUR FILM + SCREENING DATE + CREATE YOUR EVENT REGISTRATION 

  • As soon as you have selected the Film you wish to screen, decide on your exact Screening Date, which will allow your invited guests to stream the film via link and password (valid for 24 hours) on your selected date. Create a Registration Form for your event (for example via GoogleForms). This registration form should prompt your guests to enter their name and email, which will allow you to send only registered guests the link and password for your virtual screening event.

STEP 3 SUBMIT YOUR CONTRACT

  • Submit your Screening Contract listing your chosen Film Title and your exact Screening Date. You will also be asked to share the Event Registration link where your community can sign up to join your virtual screening.

STEP 4 PLAN YOUR EVENT

  • Create invitations to promote your:  “Virtual Community Film Screening Presented by QS World Merit + SIMA”
  • Invite guest speakers or organizations for a Zoom discussion after the film.
  • Use our Virtual Community Screening Guidebook in the Welcome Kit to assist with the planning of your virtual screening and discussion.

STEP 5 HOST YOUR EVENT

  • Host your event before August 24th and bring your community together around the SDG you care about.
  • After the screening, facilitate a discussion via Zoom,
  • Record the Zoom discussion for upload to the QS World Merit channel.

STEP 6 REPORT YOUR IMPACT 

  • The deadline to report your impact is September 2, 2021.
  • After your event, submit your Impact Report
  • Submit your Zoom discussion recording
  • Share Event info via the QS World Merit Impact Report with hashtags: #SIMAclassroom #QSworldmerit #SDGfilmchallenge
  • Tag speakers and discussion topics w/hashtags: #SIMAclassroom #QSworldmerit #SDGfilmchallenge

GET INSPIRED

Here are the 17 films you can choose from for your virtual event.

Watch TRAILERS where available

SIGN UP TO ACCESS ALL FULL LENGTH FILMS

1. NO POVERTY

“Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets”

This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.

Director: Mari Bakke Riise

30 min

2. ZERO HUNGER 

From Gangs to Gardens

Organic gardener and vegan chef, DJ CAVEM, is an award-winning international recording artist and activist who uses Hip-Hop culture to inspire young people to connect to the earth by teaching them how to grow food, and cultivate healthy eating habits. Through his lyrics and gardens, DJ CAVEM is planting the seeds of the food movement extending from his hometown of Denver, Colorado to across the globe.

Director:  JLove Calderon

14 min

3. GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Cover/Age

The Affordable Care Act explicitly denies undocumented immigrants access to healthcare. While laws in California have now made healthcare available for undocumented young people, undocumented adults continue to be excluded. COVER/AGE follows an elderly caregiver and a policy advocate in the campaign to expand healthcare to include all people, regardless of immigration status or age.

Director: Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

25 min

SIMA Classroom Future Learning
4. QUALITY EDUCATION

Future Learning”

Students are the future, but what’s the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra (professor at MIT), Sal Khan (founder of Khan Academy) and Dr. Catherine Lucey (Vice Dean of Education at UCSF), are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future.

Director: Eli A. Kaufman

13 min

5. GENDER EQUALITY 

Can’t Hide Me”

Women and girls are often put down, silently, subtly. Bound by invisible chains in their homes, on the streets, in schools and public spaces. Always maintaining a low profile, always crushing their dreams. Is it possible for them to fight back? And what happens when they find the courage to do so? Parvati, Mallika and Heena haven’t met each other but they share more in common than you would think. For they are amongst those women who are taking extraordinary steps to reclaim the spaces that are rightfully theirs, fighting the often invisible barriers that keep women from freedom.

Director: Madhuri Mohindar

26 min

6. CLEAN WATER & SANITATION

“Mother of All Rivers”

Narrated by Robert Redford, Mother of All Rivers illustrates how one person can affect extraordinary change. In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people, waging a grassroots campaign to successfully pressure the world’s largest dam builder to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. In a country with some of the highest murder rates in the world, Cáceres’ victory to protect her sacred Rio Gualcarque, brought hope to activists fighting irresponsible development in Honduras and throughout Latin America. But Berta paid the ultimate price for defending the earth – as she was gunned down by four assassins while asleep in her bed.

Director: Will Parrinello

9 min

7. AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY

Women of Fukushima”

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.

Director: Paul Johannessen

27 min

8. DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH

“The Invisibles”

Over 200,000 migrant laborers, mostly from Africa, work in Italy’s fields. After being exploited for years, the global pandemic made these farmworkers “essential” overnight — but without labor rights or even access to basic sanitation, they are living and working in conditions that have been described as modern slavery. Union leader Aboubakar Soumahoro has been documenting these inhumane conditions and is helping the workers organize to demand real and lasting change.

Director: Diana Ferrero, Carola Mamberto

9:33 Min

9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Protecting Panama”

Guna communities have long been recognized for protecting the forests along their coastline; despite significant threats from farming and industrial logging, they are proven protectors of their ancestral forests.
Today they face uncertainty over the sea that surrounds their island homes. Increasing encroachment by luxury vessels threatens the long term viability of their reefs. Without the support of the government of Panama and clear rights, they face an increasingly bitter struggle to protect the marine biodiversity in these waters.

Director: Paul Redman

9 min

10. REDUCED INEQUALITY

From The Same Soil

The film portrays the lives of two gay men and one transgender woman who left their home countries because of discrimination and persecution. The film is an emotional personal journey that shows how stigmatisation, persecution and violence have turned the protagonists into human rights activists.

Director: Nicky Newman

28 min

11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES

Cheran: The Burning Hope

Synopsis: Welcome to Cherán, a small Indigenous community in the state of Michoacán that took up self-rule to kick out local drug cartels. In 2011, Yunuen Torres was a little girl, but she remembers life before her community took their town back. Now a community radio host, Torres has made it her mission to record oral histories that capture Cherán’s tumultuous past and inspire the next generation to uphold all that her community fought for.

Director: Elpida Nikou, Rodrigo Hernandez

13 min

12. SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION

E-Wasteland

E-WASTELAND presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.

Director: David Fedele

20 min

13. CLIMATE ACTION

What About Our Future

What About Our Future? chronicles the Sustainabiliteens, a group of young environmental activists who organized the largest strike in Vancouver’s history.
The film takes a unique look into the movement while the youth organize protests, pressure politicians and educate younger teens about environmental justice.

Director: Cláudio Cruz & Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos

25 min

14. LIFE BELOW WATER 

Voices From the Sea

With an original soundtrack made by Ana Tijoux and narrated by Sylvia Earle, “Voices from the Sea” tells the story about the battle of a remote society to save the sea, and this action becomes an example of courage for the planet.

Director: Álvaro Farías

36 min

15. LIFE ON LAND

Big Damage

Big Damage reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea. It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians.

Director: David Fedele

40 min

16. PEACE, JUSTICE & INSTITUTIONS

“Quipu Calls For Justice”

Esperanza and Teodula are calling for justice in rural Peru, they are part of 300,000 people sterilised without consent more than 18 years ago. The Quipu Project is their phone line that allows the affected across the country to share their shocking testimonies.

Directors: Maria Ignacia Court & Rosemarie Lerner

21 mins

SIMA Classroom Enemies to Allies
17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Enemies to Allies”

Sometimes, innovative solutions to social challenges are born in the most unlikely places. In Kisumu, Kenya, a surprising approach to HIV prevention relies on building bonds between two unlikely groups: police officers and sex workers. In Kisumu, extortion and abuse were commonplace, and sex workers’ rights were violated. This resulted in sex workers not receiving essential health services and police officers contributing to the spread of HIV. Through a novel approach, a local NGO called Keeping Alive Societies’ Hope (KASH) has fought to reverse that trend by building relationships between these former adversaries.

Director: Julie Winokur

14 min

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