Bol Screening Toolkit
A toolkit to help people organise a screening event of the ground-breaking film Bol, and to spark dialogue and action for family planning and gender equality in Pakistan.
About the film Bol
Released in cinemas across Pakistan in 2011, and viewed by millions of Pakistanis on television ever since, Bol is a call to action over two causes that lie at the heart of Pakistan’s future: family planning and gender equality. For a country of 207,774,520 people, family planning promises to mitigate the impact of population dynamics on Pakistan’s natural resources and state stability. It will also reduce poverty in the country by contributing to economic growth at the family, community and national levels. Similarly, better gender equality will ensure more women in Pakistan have fair opportunities for education, employment and full participation in society.
Directed by Sohaib Mansoor, Bol was developed Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. as part of their United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN). As the first entertainment-education film released in Pakistan, Bol specifically seeks to raise awareness around the high mortality of mothers and newborns. More than anyone else in the country, the lack of family planning and gender inequality most profoundly affect women and children in Pakistan. Women are deprived of the necessary time needed to recover between pregnancies and increases the chances of high-risk pregnancies. Many women and newborns die as a result of these high-risk pregnancies.
About the Bol Screening Toolkit
This toolkit offers step-by-step guidelines on how to organise a call-to-action screening of the film Bol. A typical call-to-action screening of the film features a screening session, following by plenary and open discussion sessions. The toolkit uniquely offers valuable steps for the screening audience on how to channel their screening experience into tangible actions, both individual and collective.
This toolkit is meant for anyone and everyone who wants to watch, speak and act for family planning and gender equality in Pakistan. It is particularly useful for our new generation of students, filmmakers and journalists. Given our aim that this toolkit is implemented widely and at a large scale, we encourage universities, where teachers, learners and parents can come together to organise screenings, spark dialogue, and campaign for family planning and gender equality. This toolkit is also recommended for non-governmental organisations – both local and international – campaigning for mother and child health in Pakistan.
Please download the following resources to organise a call-to-action screening of the film Bol.
The Bol Screening Toolkit and this webpage are made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of Center for Communication Programs Pakistan (CCPP) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.