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I Was One of Them

"I was one of them" is a portrait of three women in Kenya - Cecilia, Joyce and Jane - who were at one time impoverished. Two were on the verge of ending their lives because they could not feed their children. Through the guidance and education from a program called Kianda Business Women Support Program, each woman gained the confidence to create a business that supports their families. We see how each was given the chance to grow, thrive and empower those around them. Jane, who entered the program with a small business, a one-room clinic, today has a 10-story hospital that has treated over 3,000 patients.

The women illustrate the transformation made possible through the power of mentorship, friendship, and unconditional support. What world could we create through education that empowers and transforms the lives of women? Cecilia, leaves us with the thought, “When you empower a woman, you empower her whole family, the whole community, the nation and the whole world.”

Carol Ciancutti is a producer, director and development executive, dedicated to creating socially relevant pro-jects through various mediums. Throughout her career, she has led the full production process of creative and informational productions. From producing commercials internationally for brands such as Puma, Wrigley, and Nivea - to producing full length documentaries about women's health issues, Carol has a long track record of seeing projects through from concept to completion. Cur-rently, she is working on a series of films surrounding men’s engagement in the effort to stop vio-lence against women.

The film production company she founded, Amaranth Productions, has several documentary and TV projects in development and production. Her documentary, Absolutely Safe, examines the pop-ularity and safety of breast implants. This film has been featured on major news platforms. It has been regularly screened in university classrooms and has become part of many women’s studies curriculums. Carol is a speaker on breast implant safety and informed consent, and has appeared at many universities such Harvard University, Oberlin College and the University of Chicago.

Her leadership and project management skills led to her serve as the National Education Associa-tion liaison to the White House. She recently directed and designed experiential leadership work-shops for corporate and non-profit clients. While living in Nairobi, Kenya, she served as a consult-ant for UNICEF and founded the Kenya School of Performing Arts.


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