Trust Docs: Breaking Gender Stereotypes

Hidden Connections: Climate Change & Child Marriage, Part 3

In the finale of "Hidden Connections: Climate Change & Child Marriage," we hear how Bristhi and Razia's families lost their homes to river erosion. Unable to sustain life in villages, as longer droughts and increased flooding made farming impossible, they moved to Dhaka looking for work. "We have six months of rain and storms and we can't work so we sit here in misery," says one of the farmers in the film.

In Dhaka, however, sexual assault is rampant and 90 percent of women who migrate to the city report being sexually harassed. We hear their stories, including how one of the film's young female subjects is molested by a male neighbor during the filming of this documentary. "Once you don't have honor, you never have it back, so to keep our honor we look to marriage," says one of the women featured in the film.

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Storytelling Across the Globe

Virtual reality experiences, comic books, and architectural mapping are all forms of storytelling being used by artists and activists around the world to raise awareness of social problems. From calling out sexual assault in India to documenting war crimes in Gaza, these modes of communication are connecting people to issues across the world.

The Resilience of Children

The future of our communities lies in protecting our most vulnerable yet most resilient members: our children. But often, children are the first victims of war and poverty. Many face horrifying events and live with the trauma for the rest of their lives. Despite this, some children survive these events to become leaders of their communities and voices for peace.

Between Stigma and Healthcare

Many communities around the world see disease and mental illness not as something to be treated, but as something to be feared. As a result, many suffering from curable conditions are stigmatized within their communities. But through education and organizing, some people are challenging these stigmas and addressing previously taboo health issues.

Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.