Ten women in ten different countries around the world are about to begin a new chapter of their lives. They were born in the 70s when a dynamic movement for equality gave women equal rights, access to education, jobs, pay…Today, these women are in their forties and they have a greater choice, better opportunities. Or do they?
Whether they are French, Japanese, Russian, Chinese Indian, Brazilian, Tunisian…their individual life stories – personal or professional – are an indicator of the progress that has been achieved in just one generation. So, how to grab these new opportunities and carve out a new place in society? How to have a rewarding career and not sacrifice personal aspirations in a world that is not quite ready yet to accept this new place women have claimed?
We have been filming our characters from many different cultures at a key moment in their existence when they face a singular choice that has a profound impact on their own lives, their marriage, their families and their future. Our two directors – from France and Japan – have been given extraordinary access to weave a captivating film of women – and men! – of our times, who try to come up with fresh solutions in order to “make it all work”. We will probably all recognise ourselves in one of them….
Sarah (France) - Maiko (Japan)
Katya (Russia) - Lily (China)
Wafa (Tunisia) - Hazel (Kenya)
Parveen (India) - Kirstin (USA)
Julie (Canada) - Maria Antonieta (Brazil)
“WOMEN, KEEPING THE WORLD TURNING" is a journey through a world where women have the same or better degrees and diplomas as men, a world in which almost half of the active work force are women. Women have become actors in all walks of life and they are tangible proof that the world is changing… that THEY are changing the world.
Festivals and Awards:
* 2013: Nominated for the 2013 Rockie Awards, category "Social & Humanitarian Documentaries" - BANFF World Media Festival