C of I freshman honored for women’s rights documentary

A documentary film created by College of Idaho freshman Julia Levy recently was named one of 15 preliminary winners in the nationwide filmmaking contest, Project VoiceScape. Levy’s film, The Fifth Star, examines women’s suffrage in her native Washington state as well as modern female involvement in politics. Levy was awarded a $2,000 grant to complete her project, and she was honored along with her fellow winners during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“I was shocked I won the grant,” Levy said. “There were around 250 applications, so I felt thrilled to be selected.”

Project VoiceScape is a contest designed for middle school- to high school-aged students.  Partnered with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV (Point of View), contestants are asked to use digital media to create stories about issues important to them. 

The Fifth Star includes clips from Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, showing how involved women are in modern politics, as well as pictures from the suffrage movement, illustrating the difficulties that women experienced in gaining the right to vote as well as their commitment to securing it. Interviews throughout the film show the importance and pride American women place on their rights to vote and run for office.

Levy plans to study either political economy or anthropology at C of I.  She is interested in a career in the non-profit sector, thanks largely to her experience working with Reel Grrls, a Seattle-based program which encourages young women to realize their potential through media production. 

To learn more about Project VoiceScape – as well as view all 15 of the winning films – visit

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