UNDP in partnership with Dhiraagu launched Project 'Film for Change'

UNDP and partner, Dhiraagu, launched the project 'Film for Change' on 16th August 2017. This initiative empowers young people to explore and form narratives on issues such as societal significance through the medium of film.

The project was designed to provide young people with the necessary technical and creative skills on writing, directing and producing documentary-style short films using minimal equipment. The purpose is to stimulate dialogue on different social issues amongst young people, decision makers and the wider community.

The programme consisted of a 3 components; the training component, focusing on film theory and learning about social & developmental challenges; a film-making and producing component, where participants were mentored by industry experts; and finally the screening of the short films at Schwack Cinema in Male'. Following the completion of the training component, mentors will also be involved in guiding participant groups to produce 3 short films based on a social issue. The films were then screened via social media and other public platforms.

The 3 short films produced by the talented groups of youth displayed their remarkable creativity and is proof that the youth of our nation can stimulate change in our society. 

Check out the 3 short films below!


The short film 'Iloshi' produced under the Film for Change Initiative, speaks about the vast amount of harmful substances and materials that are consumed unknowingly by members of our society and the consequences that follow. This issue plays a big part in our daily lives and this is showcased through one person's day-to-day life in the film. The hope is that this results in people being more aware of the role they play in being part of the problem and that this encourages more people to be the solution instead


'Emeehun' produced under the Film for Change Initiative tells the story of the thousands of Maldivians living with mental health conditions. The film tried to capture the daily struggles and hardships they face, because of misconceptions and prejudice. There is a lack of health care services currently available in the country and accessing these are difficult specially if you are struggling financially. The objective of this film was to give a voice to this silent majority.

Hama Tha?

Hama Tha? is a short narrative film based on gender inequalities, specifically the gender roles & stereotypes that society has inflicted and ingrained on the population. This movie was inspired by scenarios that happen on a daily basis in homes, workplaces and social lives and the story reflects the grim realities of gender inequalities and how it restricts both men and women from reaching their full potential unless they were both given a level playing field. The film aims to stir thoughts and create dialogue to bring about much needed change.

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