“It’s alright to feel scared, but it doesn’t mean you don’t do it.” – Clara Villarosa
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of taking the Rhyze bus to a screening of Dream, Girl, a documentary telling the stories of five female entrepreneurs. It was an evening filled with lots of laughs and even more inspiration, and I want to share some of it with you today. Because, as we all know, inspirational community events turn me into a pile of mush.
First of all, let me say a huge thanks to The Rhyze Project for putting this together, and to Faith for being my movie buddy for the night. The bus ride there was awesome because Faith and I just talked about life, boy drama, and blog drama (both equally important). Upon arrival in Palmerston, we picked up our popcorn and candy. But do you want to hear the best part? There was wine. But not just ANY wine! My favorite kind, so clearly it was meant to be. With a glass of wine in hand, and the two new friends we had just made, we headed into the theatre to see Dream, Girl.
Enough about me though, let’s talk about the movie. Dream, Girl (directed by Erin Bagwell) is a documentary about female entrepreneurs and shares the stories of several incredible women. The first thing I loved about the film was how all the interview subjects varied in age, ranging from women in their 20’s to women in their 80’s. In fact, the quote at the beginning of this post is from Clara Villarosa, one of the entrepreneurs interviewed in the film. Clara is a co-founder of Villarosa Media, a publishing company specializing in publishing the work of African-American authors. Clara’s story was one of my favorites, because she was filled with so much spunk and wisdom. Every single woman involved in the film had their own unique story and they shared it with such passion. Dream, Girl makes you feel like you are just talking about your big dreams over coffee with a friend, a friend who is encouraging you to dream big. Oh, and did I mention it was an entirely female crew? Please, go see this movie.
Dream, Girl leaves you with a sense of empowerment that you may not have walked in to the theatre with. And leaves you asking yourself “Why not me? Why not now?” because knowing there is an entire support system of women behind you makes taking the leap a little less scary. Even in the tiny theater of Palmerston, the camaraderie between all of us as we watched this documentary was certainly there, and I was definitely rooting for every woman there (on screen and off screen). When women support other women, incredible things can happen. We are half the population, after all.
Have you seen Dream, Girl? Do you plan to? Let me know in a comment below or you can tweet at me!
I hope you all have an amazing week, and I will talk to you soon.