Human Rights

To the Light: The ‘Dream of a Refugee Boy’ in Kenya’s Kakuma Camp

By |2023-06-14T14:03:18-04:00September 1st, 2020|Filmmaking, Human Rights, Special|   Erjok “David” Makuei was one of the film students we met in Kakuma refugee camp, the place he's called home for the past 23 years. Born in Kakuma, it’s the only home David has ever known. In addition to performing a personal spoken-word rap, he candidly revealed his life experiences and future

Spoken: A Kakuma Refugee Tells Her Story

By |2022-07-11T20:18:28-04:00April 18th, 2019|Human Rights, New, Uncategorized|

“I thought it was a dream.” This is how Nyamad’s spoken-word poetry piece began. Standing in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, the 22-year-old adorned an incongruent white t-shirt with “Los Angeles” printed in small black lettering on the front. Her eyes were closed for the duration of her poetry as she felt each moment of her

Filming in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

By |2022-07-11T20:18:59-04:00August 17th, 2017|Filmmaking, Human Rights|

Many around the world view refugees as a herd of scary "others" flooding countries and threatening our safety. Even when they don’t reach our shores, some potential host countries would rather ignore refugees than support them. The world then forgets about these desperate people while they continue to endure unspeakable trauma and loss. Due to

$30,000 in 30 Days: How We Successfully Funded our Documentary on Kickstarter

By |2022-10-03T09:40:03-04:00January 12th, 2017|Education, Human Rights, Marketing|

In February of 2015, my film production team reached our goal of raising $30,000 on Kickstarter to help us complete our feature documentary, Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus. The process was time consuming, exhausting, thrilling, and tedious at times, but it was well worth the energy. I’d like to share some of what we have learned

Lessons Learned Making My First Documentary

By |2022-07-11T20:20:02-04:00July 7th, 2016|Education, Filmmaking, Human Rights|

[avatar user="cotter" size="thumbnail" align="left" link="" /] Congratulations! You woke up this morning and have a great idea! Now you are planning to make a film. That is awesome and you should do it, but you should know that making a film is not as easy as you may think. This is what I learned while

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