Thank you for taking time to learn more about this film and the issue of gender selection abortion. This film needs YOUR HELP to become a reality!
I have been working on this documentary for 4 years. It is after all this time that Armenia is finally now addressing the issue of gender-based abortion. I was waiting for full funding in order to begin editing the film, but I see that this isn’t a cause that can wait any longer.
“The Red Apple” investigates gender selection abortions in Armenia, a truly urgent and international issue facing countries as large as China, with the highest rate in the world, and as small as Armenia, with the second highest rate in the world.
I have prepared a 5 minute demo for the film, which can be found here:
Our goal is to raise $50,000. Any financial contribution you can make will help bring this story to the screen and to the widest audience possible. All financial contributions are tax-deductible and can be made to the non-profit organization Sose Women Issues through Armenia Fund. Armenia Fund will allocate 100% of these donations to Sose Women Issues with no overhead whatsoever.
ON BEHALF OF ARMENIA FUND, YOU CAN SEND YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO:
Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region
Attn: Sose Women Issues
111 N Jackson St, Ste 205
Glendale, CA 91206
with a note “Sose Women Issues”, which is the name of the non-profit we work with in Armenia. Armenia Fund will allocate 100% of these donations to Adrineh’s non-profit, no overhead whatsoever
Or you can donate online at:
Please write Sose’s Women Issues in the “This is in honor of” field.
Every dollar counts!
THANK YOU for making this possible!!!
Armenia’s alarmingly high rate of abortion is a direct reflection of the lack of governmental action on women’s health issues and the absence of choice women have over what’s done to their own bodies. The termination of pregnancies based on gender selection alone is second in number only to China. The issue of “gendercide” has even more global repercussions. A March 2010 Economist article noted that in Armenia for every 115 boys, only 100 girls are born (UN). This unbalanced sex ratio will have severe consequences for the country’s demographic future. Additionally, gender selection abortions are performed past the 12-week legal limit and go unreported or are classified as miscarriages. While many doctors are informed of the illegality of their work, they continue to perform these abortions to supplement their low salaries and, subsequently, by classifying them as miscarriages, they commit medical fraud.
Over the past four years I have traveled across Armenia, listening to stories, researching, and teaching sex education to women and adolescent boys and girls. Because any topic surrounding sex is taboo in Armenia, my advantage as an outsider has given me an exclusive look inside a world that is traditionally concealed. ***My primary goal for telling this story is to uncover facts and unearth the silenced stories of these women so that they can be the catalysts of change in combating gender selection abortion—a growing global issue.***
With the help of all the women who courageously opened up to me, the activists who passionately continue their struggle to improve the lives of women, and the doctors who dared to speak up, I want to share their stories so that every single one of them can make a difference in their communities and for women and young girls throughout the world.
Our budget is modest because our goal is to get the film out to the public.
I have already accumulated a large percentage of the footage working alongside Armenia’s young up-in-coming filmmakers. Now that the topic has begun to surface in the media, I am no longer afraid to openly discuss this topic with doctors, hospital management, and government officials.
I need your support to conduct more interviews and fund the postproduction. This film can no longer stay on my harddrive! People need to see the problem upfront in order to make changes and address this issue head on, from both policy and social levels.
WHAT IF WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Let’s hope!! Besides having the resources to make a strongest film possible, your plans are to finance the future outreach and engagement.
The primary goal of “The Red Apple” is to inspire viewers to influence positive change in the lives of women around the world, specifically addressing gender selection abortion which is now becoming a pressing global issue. With the collaboration of NGOs and targeted partnerships in Armenia and the Caucasus region, our first step is to create an education campaign for women and teenagers addressing gender selection abortion in the Post-Soviet republics (where the rates are comparatively high compared to other regions) and branch out as an awareness campaign for this issue.
We believe that progress begins by hearing the stories of these women through this documentary film and then educating all levels of society on this issue.
My heartfelt thanks,