Born and raised in Washington DC, Ellie Walton is passionate about honouring and sharing stories of everyday revolutionaries.
She picked up a video camera for the first time at eleven years old and never looked back. Ellie has a lifelong commitment to amplify voices fighting for justice.
In this episode Ellie shares some key moments in her life that set her on a path of curiosity, exploration and adventure. I was introduced to Ellie by a former guest of mine Tina Kothari who is the founder of Another Way Now, an organisation that shines a light on human rights issues from all over the world.
It was here where Ellie’s documentary Brave Girls was aired. This hour long documentary was shot over four years and explores the day to day life of young women in India who are bound to Indian norms and tradition of arranged marriages. It is through the documentary we see who brave these girls were to go against tradition and follow their hearts and desires to further their education.
Ellie describes the experience, shares some behind the scenes moments and exudes her passion for life and the freedom of storytelling.
Ellie’s bright lust for life is unquestionable. It is through empathy and having an curious mindset that she is able to bring to the screen a world we may never have known otherwise.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel .
In part 2 Ellie speaks to me about what motivates here, how kindness is so important in life and to recognise every interaction can lead to something wonderful.
There is so much we can learn from others, from their experiences and their outlook on life. Ellie is one person in a world who is living life the best way she knows how. It is clear that she’s faced adversity yet her optimism and creativity help her live a full and filling life
Check out Brave Girls Instagram page