On the Backs of Women Wins Best NZ Short

Posted on 20 June 2016
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Borderless is very proud to announce that our film, "On the Backs of Women", won Best New Zealand Short Documentary at the Doc Edge Film Festival in Wellington (making the film eligible for nomination to the Academy Awards)!

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The judges said: “On the Backs of Women stood out as a powerful social change story that speaks to a local and international audience...The film conveys compelling messages about the value of microfinance as a tool to create economic independence for women in Myanmar.”

Congratulations to directors Dean Easterbrook & Dave Henderson, and the wider team for winning Best New Zealand Short Documentary at the DocEdge Film Festival. On the Backs of Women came about as part of our work through the Borderless Foundation, after we became aware of the amazing transformative effect microfinance loans were having on the lives of women in Myanmar. 15 months ago our team traveled to Myanmar to discover the stories of these women, and see first-hand how they are building successful small businesses and making an extraordinary impact on their families and communities. “On the Backs of Women” pays tribute to their struggle and determination.


Their stories inspired us to create the "BackAWoman" campaign with the microfinance charity, ADC. Our aim is to empower 3,000 women entrepreneurs over the next 3 years by raising $1,000,000 - giving each of them access to a life-changing $300 loan.

Find out how you can support these amazing women by visiting the website.