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Girls Advocate Against Body Shaming

Girls Advocate Against Body Shaming
Saint Josephs Secondary Schools film crew for the Kula Film Awards on July 19,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
July 20
11:00 2018

Students of St Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva have chosen to advocate against body shaming at this year’s Kula Awards – Fijian Made Film Awards .

The script of the film was written based on their personal experiences, and the students behind the production believe that body shaming is a serious issue that should be confronted.

The name of the short film is I Am Just My Type.

School co-odinator for the 13th Annual Kula Awards, Elizabeth Naigulevu, said the issue of body shaming was real for some of the stu­dents who were in the cast.

“Some of the cast have experienced body shaming and they wanted to make a film that showed what they went through and how they felt,” Ms Naigulevu said.

“For the students it was important to get the message out and I am proud of what they have done.”

One of the two script writers, Marisilina Pesaminino, 18, said the Kula Awards was a stage where they could advocate their mes­sage against body shaming.

“In an all-girls school, we faced similar cases so we actually wanted to use the Kula Awards platform to get our message out,” Marisilina said.

“I want to tell those that have been body shamed that they are not invisible because at the end of the day there is hope.”

The public can vote their favourite school film on Facebook via this link:

Sunday is the last day to vote.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra


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