For Our Daughters

For Our Daughters follows the lives of four young women from northern Ghana. In a country in which learning is reserved for men only and women are assigned menial and traditional household roles, these four are determined to receive an education. Supported by a Vancouver foundation, they are invited to visit Canada. Their hope is to raise funds to provide hundreds of young village women with school fees and equipment. The film accompanies them on their journey and captures their passionate and intelligent voices. “If you educate a man,” one of them says, “you’ve educated only one person, but if you educate a woman, you’ve educated a whole nation.”

About the filmmakers
With a degree in International Development and a Masters in Human Rights, Shannen O'Brian has worked with NGOs around the world, gaining invaluable skills and insight, but also witnessing two major problems: inefficiency and corruption. Living in Northern Ghana in 2007 Shannen started interviewing young girls, asking them about their lives in the hope of designing an NGO that would directly support these girls and include their voices every step of the way. Bringing these video interviews back to Canada she was able to raise initial funding for the charity Create Change after people began to connect with the girls' stories.

Daniel J. Pierce graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in film production and screenwriting. His undergraduate film, In Transit, received a warm response from audiences at VIFF 2008. He got his first taste of docs while working on the series Monster Moves in northern Quebec, then pursued a rare and bizarre opportunity to cover the restoration of the iconic Hollow Tree in Vancouver. The Hollow Tree premiered at DOXA 2011 in Vancouver and was broadcast on CBC Documentary and Knowledge Network. Daniel is also the co-founder of the Junction Media Collective in Vancouver, a shared workspace for emerging filmmakers.

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