I was blown away by the level of work, thoughtfulness, and creativity that went into the student’s presentations – it was inspiring!
I was tasked with providing an overview of Peacebuilding, presenting an archived LUNAFEST film and facilitating a discussion amongst the students. LUNAFEST’s main goal is to connect women through film as a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. Their films are filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor, and often travel to over 175 cities to raise funds for local non-profits as well as LUNAFEST’s main beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund.
The film I selected was titled, “LadyParts,” which featured, Mae de la Calzada, owner and founder of LadyParts Automotive Services, who passed away suddenly last fall. Mae is the subject of this short documentary currently touring with LUNAFEST was committed to educating and empowering customers, both women and men, but especially single moms. The Mae de la Calzada Memorial Fund honors Mae’s generous spirt by allowing LadyParts Automotive to provide discounted automotive repairs to single parents in need.
The discussion I lead revolved around the impact LadyParts had on their community and other local businesses, the lives of other women and other entrepreneurs, and the various obstacles that Mae de la Calzada had to overcome. It was truly incredible to see how these young minds processed these topics and established intelligent and mature answers.
More than 5,000 students participated in San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New York City, and World Savvy believes it will only continue to grow. I was proud to be a part of the 2016 World Savvy Festival and I take comfort in knowing that there are young people out there that care about the world we live in as much as us at Peacebuilding do!