This week marks the launch of the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for Gwapa (Beautiful), Thirsty Girl Films’ first feature length documentary dedicated to bringing awareness to the high number of children born with cleft deformities in the Philippines and the great need for free reconstructive surgeries. IndieGoGo is an easy online platform where fundraisers can turn their passion into a funding campaign, promote their ideas, engage fan bases, and ultimately get funded.
This stunning and remarkable film will draw you into a powerful tale of strength, love, determination, and hope. Gwapa, meaning beautiful in Visayan, is the fitting title of this vibrant, real-life story that follows two Filipino families and their struggle for a healthy future. Every year, 4,000 – 5,000 Filipino children are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Cleft lip and palate are two the most common and curable of birth defects. Sadly, most clefts go unrepaired in developing countries. Just one surgery can change a child’s life forever.
Gwapa (Beautiful) is told in two parts. Filming for the first part is complete, depicting the first round of successful surgeries that took place in early 2011. Thirsty Girl Films is raising funds to complete the film and are planning to go back to the Philippines this coming January to revisit that families as they undergo their second round of surgeries.
Supporting this film is a reflection of the willingness to promote and encourage the awareness of cleft issues in poor and developing countries. It is a direct contribution to helping families in need and spreading the word about the importance of free surgical missions like Faces of Tomorrow. This is a collaboration to create a unique, dramatic, educational, and revealing story about two remarkable Filipino families and how their struggles are indicative of the amazing Filipino culture as a whole. Ultimately, this is a chance to get involved with a very special project that will document and create a historic record dedicated to bringing this incredible journey to life for generations to come. Thus ensuring many more healthy futures for children born with facial deformities in developing countries.
Gwapa (Beautiful) is a story that needs to be told because every child deserves the chance at a beautiful and healthy future. Thirsty Girl Films has secured amazing perks from companies like Dyson, SodaStream and Crosley, and even a cruise for two! Stay tuned as they release these perks over course of the campaign. Check it out here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Gwapa-Film