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By Photographer Michael Costa Everything in life comes full circle and that is how I describe the magnificent Viet Nam adventure that I recently participated in.  Some would call it work that I have been doing this 15 day workshop with the Stirring the Fire staff, but I see it in a different light and […]






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By Photographer Michael Costa Staring out of a car window as we drive to the east coast village of Hoang Hoa, a district located about 21 kilometers outside Thanh Hoa, one could feel like a tourist, looking out a window with eyes glazed over as scenes of a country village begin to unfold.  Yet, I […]






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By Alice Reeves There are language barriers, and then there are language barriers.  So often overseas many of us seem to muddle by with a combination of badly pronounced phrases that are apparently hilarious to locals, and a copious amount of wild gesticulation.  And maybe I am speaking for myself here, but it is definitely very rarely […]






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By Photographer Michael Costa What seems like worlds apart, in reality isn’t.  That is my philosophy as I embrace the Vietnamese culture here in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. This being my first trip outside the United States, the anticipation has become reality. A team of 6 individuals have come together with one common goal: to make […]






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Today we’ll focus on the social documentary workshops, specifically on the education and collaboration aspects. You seem to have a unique approach. You, as an artist, could be doing them yourself but you place such emphasis on collaboration and education with both the participants and the organizations.  Why these things are so important? Doing still […]






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Our founder, Phil Borges, along with two Volunteer Production Assistants, Rachel Gray and Catherine Cussaguet, are currently in Nepal working with Resurge International.  The organization does incredible work to provide free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas.   We will post their stories throughout the coming week.   Written […]






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Here is Part II of my interview with Phil around the topic of storytelling.  If you missed Part I, you can read it here. It is a privilege to hear someone’s story. In the work that you’re doing with Stirring the Fire, you demonstrate that there are a lot of women and girls hurting around […]






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Time for another interview with Phil.  I sat down with Phil only two days after he returned from a month-long journey in Nepal. Still warding off jet-lag, but full of interesting stories, he enthusiastically talked to me about storytelling, sharing his passion, thoughts and ideas around it. Today we’d like to hear about storytelling. I’m […]






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We would like to invite you to join us on our upcoming Social Documentary Workshop in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam as part of our newest partnership with joinFITE.  The organization has brought us on to produce two short films and still images that profile individual women Heroes to illustrate the ripple effect of providing microloans to […]






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“If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” – Mother Teresa To gain empathy for a larger issue you must start with an individual personal story. In our latest multimedia piece, we told Syreeta’s story to introduce you to how Foundation for Women’s microfinance programming […]






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