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The Grandmas Project

We are film lovers, we humans. We love storytelling in all its forms, but there's something distinct about stories that are told with the layers offered by visuals.

And I know I'm not alone in working for women's rights and being an advocate for women, moms, and families. (There are more than a million supporters of MomsRising alone.)

That's why, when I saw a message in my inbox about a Kickstarter for a collaborative film series called The Grandmas Project, I was immediately curious to learn more. Films centering women-- older women, at that-- and families? And food? It had to be good.

Et voila:

Screen capture from the Kickstarter webpage with a photo of a grandmother, a dish of food, and two other adults.
Screenshot from the Kickstarter for The Grandmas Project

Here's what The Grandmas Project itself has to say:

The heart of Grandmas Project is a free, online series of films made by filmmakers around the world, with just three simple rules. Each filmmaker:
1. films his or her own grandma 2. demonstrating one recipe 3. in an eight-minute film
Interested? Apply here. Not a filmmaker? No worries. We invite all of you to share simple contributions here.
We’re also setting up events blending food, films and music. Actual grandmas are VIP guests at our events, hence the name of these parties: Bring Your Own Grandma! More information on our Facebook page.
In the near future we’re planning to launch an app and a recipes/stories book. Have other plans for us? Just drop us an email.

The trailers are so heartwarming and funny and earnest, which means I completely fell in love with them immediately. I think we need so much more of this kind of filmmaking, the kinds of stories that unironically wear their hearts on their sleeves and, most importantly, tell honest stories about how we live: intergenerationally, as immigrants and immigrants' children, as people for whom making and sharing food mean something more than physical sustenance.


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