Remembering the Arab Spring

In December 2010, the ‘Arab Spring‘ sent shockwaves through the ruling structures in several Middle Eastern and North African countries. Decades of tyrannical rule would come crushing down in an astonishing display of civil and digital activism.

However, disgruntlement in the region was not a sudden occurance. In 2007, activists in Egypt were making valiant strides to expose electoral fraud and voter intimation in the elections. The Why Democracy? documentary, Egypt: We Are Watching You captures the tireless work that was happening long before that historic month in 2010.

Watch the trailer HERE

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World  is fascinating look at the social complexities of childbirth around the world. From Sierra Leone to Great Britain, this documentary explores the conditions many women encounter as they prepare to give birth. Watch a clip of the film HERE.

Want to understand the context a bit more? See the infographic below by USAID about saving mothers at birth.

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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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New additions to Why Poverty

As momentum builds to the global broadcast in November, the hype surrounding Why Poverty is climbing. This ambitious cross-media project will get you to think about the greatest problem of our time.

The Short Films are an important component of the project and will deliver fresh and innovative films about poverty around the world. Read all about the short films that are in production and development HERE.

Why Poverty’s exposure is also growing in the digital space. Read this blog from the inspiring social TEDx Vienna event.

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


Own the Steps films for yourself

You love documentaries right? And you’ve realised that they are not as easy to purchase as your normal Hollywood blockbusters. Well, Steps is at hand to provide you with the best documentaries, delivered to your door!

Steps for the Future is a series films of that takes an unconventional look at living in the presence of HIV in Southern Africa. These personal stories of hope have inspired viewers for over a decade. They have been used as an outreach tool across several African countries to get people to talk about social issues in an open and reflective way. They are also available in multiple languages and at various prices to suit your organisation. Click HERE to go to the order page

Why Democracy? is a global documentary project that aired to an estimated audience of 150 million people in 2007. Since then the films have won multiple awards including an Academy Award for Best Documentary and Peabody Awards. You have the opportunity to own these films in a 11-disc DVD boxset which includes a facilitation guide. Order these films HERE.

For our Caretaker project, you can either view the films online or get DVD copies by contacting


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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Unite as One

STEPS has embarked on a series of facilitated film screenings in 20 schools in the greater Cape Town area. The programme is part of the ‘Unite as One’ campaign.

Juliet, Vanessa and Dudu, who were involved in the production of the STEPS youth films, have been screening their film Kwerekwere.

Learners from Grade 9 and 10 engaged in discussions with the characters regarding issues raised in the film. The film was shot at Maitland High School in Cape Town. The discussions centered on cultural diversity,discrimination and xenophobia amongst youth.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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CareTakers Workshop

Caretakers workshopLast week saw the CareTakers team heading to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) offices in Cape Town to hold a facilitated workshop and present on the CareTakers film series. The idea was to introduce the series and STEPS Learning  Methodology to a group of participants from various environmental organisations completing a course module in Environmental education.

The feedback was very positive and all the participants are keen to do further film facilitator training with STEPS! Special thanks to Patrick Dowling and WESSA for inviting the CareTakers Team to be a part of it.

For pictures of the workshop and Patrick showing everyone how to make your own planter box, click here.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The Best of the Gaborone, Botswana

Local STEPS trainers, facilitators and partner organisations developed strategies for engaging people living with disabilities at a workshop in Gaborone from 30-31 May, 2012.

Mr. Phinda Khame from the Ministry of Health provided background information on the challenges people with disabilities are facing in Botswana. These include stigma and discrimination, high level of vulnerability, limited or no access to IEC materials and also communication barriers between caregivers and Deaf people.

The film ‘Read the Signs‘ was screened to open up a discussion on the use of film to address the specific needs of the hearing impaired and the deaf community.

The film received good feedback from the participants. Catherine, a sign language interpreter voiced her appreciation of such a documentary:

“ We need many of such resources to communicate HIV messages to the Deaf, this film can be used here in Botswana. The Deaf will be able to understand because the signing isn’t very different, its just dialects that occur even to the spoken Setswana.

Batswana’s in the north speak differently from those in other parts. I really like this film and I fell it will create good discussions among the Deaf community”.

Participants made the following suggestions to improve interaction with the hearing impaired and deaf community:
• Translate selected STEPS films into sign languages
• Train people with disabilities as peer educators
• Include sign language interpreters in facilitated film screenings
• Develop relevant IEC materials
• Sign language should be part of the school curriculum
• Service providers need to learn sign language
• Engage with Care givers

Report prepared by Elaine Maane, Steps Outreach

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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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