Sophia Bender

Screen & Photography

Endo Girl – Short Film

Endo Girl is a film aimed at raising awareness for the insidious disease that takes over the lives of one in ten women world wide – Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a common disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. More than 730,000 (more than 10%) of Australian women suffer with endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenagers.

The film is told through the stories of many women who suffer, their words of pain are overlaid with metaphorical dance sequences to tell the story of what an individual’s journey to diagnosis is like; the effect the disease has on their day to day lives and their closest relationships.

My aim when the film is completed is to raise awareness for Endometriosis. A condition which effects 1 in 10 women world wide and costs the Australian society $7.7 Billion dollars annually.

There is no cure for the disease and it takes on average 7 to 12 years to diagnose.

We are currently in the process of shooting the film and need funds to complete production as well as post production.

This film is something I’ve wanted to create for a long time, being an Endometriosis sufferer my self. I’m a passionate advocate for raising awareness for the disease and I want other women who suffer to know that they are not alone.

This film has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of people world wide.

It will inform people of the disease and hopefully push young women to get an early diagnosis before the disease has the potential to do irreversible damage. I want people to have a better understanding of the disease so they are able to support their partners, colleagues, family and friends through the disease as there is little knowledge and awareness within the general public.

Unfortunately we can’t finish the project without your help! Any donation no matter how small will go a long way to helping us bring this vision to life and fulfil its potential.

Please watch the film above to hear the heart wrenching stories of the women we have interviewed already.

All donations towards the film will go towards –
Cast and Crew – $20,000
Equipment – $10,000
Locations – $4,000
Post production – $6,000

With any donation, no matter how small we can all work together to bring this vision to life.

“I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 45 and it explained so much of my own experience that it was a chronic affliction, not a figment of my imagination. I’m still unpacking and unwinding all the years of damage to my self perception and self worth the not knowing and self blame has caused.” – Erica Age 54.

Please help us make a difference to put an end to this insidious disease.

Artist

Sophia Bender

Location

VIC

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Sophia Bender is an Australian Dance Filmmaker, employed by the Australian Ballet.
 
Leaving Tasmania at the age of 16, Sophia moved to Sydney to pursue her passion for dance, studying full-time Ballet for two years at the Mcdonald College. She then studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) for three years where she completed an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). While studying at WAAPA, Sophia endured many injuries, this is where she discovered her passion for dance filmmaking, using this medium as a creative outlet.

After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2017, Sophia began working at The Australian Ballet.
 
Her most recent film Behind Barres (2017), has excelled, being recognised in numerous festivals all around the world.

https://www.sophiabenderfilms.com/bio

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