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Get Together Girls

Year: 2012, 75 mins
Code: VC-Girls
ISBN: 978-1-922007-72-8

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Shot across 3 slums in Kenya, the documentary takes audiences inside the lives and everyday struggles of the members of Get Together Girls (GtoG), a community project helping former street girls to become fashion designers. Founded by a former accountant, Grace Orsolato who left her position at an established Italian firm to give hope, skills and opportunity to kenyan street girls, GtoG reveals an uplifting and inspirational journey full of cultural differences, dreams and sacrifices that pave the way to a better future.

In the mountains around Nairobi, Kenya, and more precisely close to the village of Ngong, there is a place where education, protection, creativity and initiative have come together to give hope for a better future and a great opportunity for a group of Kenyan girls. Anita’s Home is part of the Koinonia Community projects for former street girls.

Grace Orsolato went to Anita’s Home for the first time in 2002 for a volunteer camp and was so impressed with the stories of the girls that she went back every summer as the responsible of the camp, seeing the girls growing and becoming young women. They all finished high school but because some of them didn’t do very well in school, they were provided with a scholarship and ended up being home re-integrated. Going home back into the slums of Nairobi, without a job and facing difficult family situations and relationships was not easy to to deal with. In December 2009, Grace, after hearing about the girls not doing so well, quit her daily administration job at the very established firm Pirelli and moved to Anita’s Home for creating Get Together Girls Collection (GtoG), a tailoring project for them. She brought all the sewing machines and the rest of the equipment to Kenya and had her friend, the Italian stylist Roberta Vincenzi, hosting a free tailoring course, allowing them to learn the basics of the craft with great enthusiasm.

The name of the collection represents the reunion of these girls that grew up together at Anita’s home during their childhood. Get Together Girls Collection has celebrated two years of activity on February 25th. Until today, with Grace’s supervision, the six girls left in the project created the spirit of the collection. Some of them also manage the business aspects with the use of computers and the management of the orders. Their daily pay allows them to conduct a better life standard considering the poverty and unemployment in Kenya and they all live close to Anita’s Home. They all work during the day and attend some school classes at night. Among the peaceful environment of Anita’s Home, the colorful and creative activities of GtoG and the struggles of their daily lives, there is always the will and the awareness that they can hope and aim for a better future.

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Vanessa Crocini is an Italian documentary filmmaker and journalist currently living in Los Angeles. She graduated in Film from University of Bologna after being an exchange student at University of California, Santa Barbara.

After completing a program in Entertainment Studies at UCLA, she developed her interest in documentaries. Some of her works include a short documentary The Night Belongs to Me, a short documentary about her LA old neighbor and former gang member Reggie, a web series for the Italian Bonsai TV called High School Love about the American teenage world in the high schools of Los Angeles, music videos for Italian and African artists (Caparezza, Vasco Rossi, Amana Melome', Nasambu and The Mystic Nomads, Wangari), spec commercials for Current TV (G1 Phone, Axe, Nissan) and Google, short documentaries for RAI 5.

Vanessa worked in several film and documentary productions in Italy, Los Angeles and Africa. She contributes for several Italian film magazines and blogs (CineClandestino,, Cineblog, Velvet Cinema) with reviews, articles and interviews as the only US correspondent.

Her first feature length award winning documentary, Get Together Girls was produced by Vasco Rossi, the most iconic Italian rockstar, for whom she shot the music video Mary Luise. Vanessa recently joined SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) as one of the members of the selection committee and her intention is keeping on making films that focus on social issues and expose impact topics. Vanessa is the founder of The Documentary Talk, a blog entirely dedicated to documentary reviews and interviews.

Women’s Independent Film Festival
**WINNER Best Documentary, Best Directing, Best Story, Audience Award**

International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture
**WINNER Award of Excellence, Special Jury Award**

OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: Thin Line Film Festival, Durango Independent Film Festival, Women+Film Voices Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, Lifetree Film Festival, ECIO International Film Festival, AMFM Fest, CEBU Documentary International Film Festival, Montreal International Black Film Festival, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, United National Day Film Festival

“A documentary directed with a sensitivity out of the ordinary...” - CineClandestino

"One of the best women-oriented documentaries to keep an eye on..." - Women in The World 

“A magnificient story...” - Corriere della Sera

“A documentary that can’t be missed!” - Vero Magazine

"It is not every year you come across a film about the continent of Africa and women that educates, inspires and motivates you to make a positive change, all at the same time. The documentary 'Get Together Girls' (GtoG) has done just that." - Women & Africa

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