about the project
In every movement for equality, you need different strategies and levels of involvement. We must fight on the political and economic fronts for the recognition of our rights. To change behaviors, we also need to understand different perspectives and engage in an ongoing dialogue.
This is the purpose of The Womanity Project, a multi-media platform on genders, identity and equality. Through a series of stories, we explore how we define ourselves as a gender and our relationship to others. We reflect on the challenges and opportunities regarding gender equality in our daily life and what are the changes we would like to see happen and initiate. Each interviewee is given the opportunity to thank a person who has inspired them and to nominate the next person to be interviewed, creating a “Womanity Chain”.
Our goal is to raise awareness on genders and communities, initiate peer-to-peer conversations and introduce change on an individual level and within society at large.
We believe that everyone should have the right to reclaim their own humanity and vulnerability; we call it “womanity”. If we understand each other, we can accept and love each other for who we are and recognize each other as equal.
The Womanity Project is part of the film collective, Women Make Movies.
A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water
This is YOUR STORY, YOUR CHANGE. Choose your voice:
watch — A docuseries of video portraits produced for mobile platforms and featured on social media.
listen — A 30 minute weekly series broadcast to open the conversation to a broader conversation (every week, one interview leads us to one conversation about school, race, period, history, politics…)
read — Supporting the message and getting feedback from a larger audience.
film — The ultimate goal is to produce a film or series from all the interviews and content and present a clear and captivating conversation on gender.
about the mustache
You might all have noticed our "obsession with the mustache" and you might wonder: why the mustache? Isn't is sending the wrong message about gender equality?
Here is why, we LOVE the mustache:
- we play with cliches : feminists are men haters
- we play with the patriarchal code: you have to become a "man" to fulfill your ambitions
- we embrace the act of transformation: by adding an accessory, you allow yourself to explore a new self and become your change.
- we have some fun on social media: the mustache is highly recognizable, sharable, and believe us, we have lots of fun with the pic-stache!
- we are soon to be obsessed with lipstick!
Anyone is free to decline wearing the mustache (or any accessory), no problem, a few our interviewees did.
Our bigger question is: what does it really mean to be defined as a gender? Men can be feminine, women can be masculine, transgenders can be feminine or masculine, one can feel feminine one moment and masculine the moment after... Our belief is that the definition of gender identity is fluid.
Founder, Producer and Host
Aurélie Harp is a French artist, producer and entrepreneur. In France, she studied sciences politics, the place of women in the French Resistance and marketing. She worked for almost a decade in advertising in Paris, London and New York. Her passion for films and theater led her to acting, writing and directing those past 10 years. She is a women rights’ advocate and you can call her a womanist and a feminist! She’s collaborating to the French Newspaper’s blog “Liberation, Carnets de campagnes US” et “L’Amerique sous Trump”. Aurélie loves people, art and Brooklyn.
Lydia Darly is an Award Winner Filmmaker and Actress, born and raised in Paris, originally from Guadeloupe. Her acting career started in Italy. Lydia's love for American Cinema and desire to develop and perfect her craft took her to New York City where she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg theatre and film institute. After the successful Festival run of her film THE WAY YOU LOVE, Lydia is now working on her next screenplays. Lydia is a frequent guest speaker and programmer at film festivals in support of emerging indie filmmakers and a big advocate for women in film. She recently received 2014 Queens World Film Festival Community Award for her work with the festival.
Co-producer, Co-Director, Host
Celine Rosenthal is a New York based director and educator who works on new plays and musical adaptations. She is an NYU Tisch alum, Tony Nominated Producer (Leap of Faith, Seminar), Musical Theatre Factory Board Member, and a founding member of The Neela Theatre Project for at-risk youth in Mumbai. Her work has been seen at NYMF, New York City Center, MMAC, 54 Below, 59E59, Abingdon Theatre and in the Broadway's Future Songbook Series at Lincoln Center. Recent projects include Borders in a Bedroom at The Tamasha Festival (Awarded Best Production), and Adam Ashraf’s The Death of Grandma Hanem at Theatre For The New City. Celine received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama, where she directed Little Man by Bekah Brunstetter, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, and musical adaptation of David Greig’s Yellow Moon, among others. She is the recipient of an SDCF Observership, and a Directing Fellowship at Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Isabel is a Graphic Designer originally from Madrid, Spain. With a background in Psychology, she has worked in a range of fields: teacher, interpreter, therapist, social worker, advocate. Ultimately she became a Graphic Designer in 2013 and today she enjoys combining her human rights interest with her creative work.
Other artists associated
Geraldine Pearson (radio host), Lizzie Hagstedt (Music composer), Melissa Pinsly (Creative consultant), Franklin Zitter (Editor), Amy Lawday (Associate Director), Alice Millar (Cinematographer), Carmen Sutton (Line Producer and still photographer), Mick O’Connor (audio producer), Samantha Reichman (video producer), Maya Cozier (graduating from Film of Visual Arts), Clifford Lane (VO & sound design), Roded Leviathan (composer), Ricky Sutton (web guru), Leeron Reiter (film editor), Bianca Barattini (graphic designer). Thank you also to the Womanity Foundation who welcomed us in the Womanity family.
...and next it will be you!