Using Film and Cinema as Community Engagement Tools for Primary Prevention Efforts
Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Mountain Time
Presented By: Meghna Bhat, PhD, Independent Gender & Social Justice Consultant & Prevention Educator
Images and stories have a profound effect on us. It can transform public perceptions, attitudes, knowledge, and reactions towards other people and social issues and build empathy. Being an indispensable part of our lives, it is critical we take advantage of these two culturally inclusive and accessible mediums to strengthen our prevention work. Film and cinema can play an instrumental role in engaging our communities about addressing and preventing gender violence, especially when true personal stories are shared. Drawn from research and resources, this workshop will explore how and why these culturally relevant tools can be used to shift the culture and create social change in our communities. By highlighting these innovative and inclusive approaches using examples, the participants will be able to further identify potential challenges and list strategies to overcome them.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Dr. Bhat‘s traumatic experiences with sexual assault and harassment motivated her to be an outspoken advocate against gender violence and social injustice. She received her PhD in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago specializing in Gender and Women Studies. Having 15 years of diverse work experience both in campus and community settings, Dr. Bhat has successfully conducted workshops on using films/cinema and storytelling for prevention efforts. She is a published writer, scholar, trained digital storytelling facilitator, and a current board member at the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc. (NGWCC). Dr. Bhat is currently an independent consultant, scholar, and educator based in Sacramento, California.