The ‘Real World’ scheme was set up in 2008 by Pathways and Screen South with funding from UK Aid from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Lottery. Real World links talented young documentary filmmakers with academics from the Pathways consortium to collaborate on a series of short documentaries broadly exploring concepts around women’s empowerment.
The aim of the project is to influence the next generation of documentary filmmakers and give them access to new research that can help bring about positive social change.
‘The media plays a huge role in how people think about international development and about issues of rights, power and justice. Tapping into the power of the media enables us to communicate with audiences that our research might never reach - in ways that are much more exciting and engaging than those we would normally use.’ Andrea Cornwall, Pathways Director
Since 2008 four films have been produced under the scheme:
- Thorns and Silk (directed by Paulina Tervo)
- A Vida Politica (directed by Kat Mansoor)
- Khul (directed by Lucy Bennett)
- 30% (directed by Anna Cady and Emily Cooper)
The Real World films have been shown at various festivals around the world including:
- Sundance Film Festival USA
- Luna Fest
- South by South West
- Henley International Film Festival
- Guardian Hay Festival