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December 13, 2013

The saying goes that “timing is everything” and that was certainly true about the premiere of our film about humanitarians entitled “we need to be many”.  As luck would have it, we were just finishing up the film when Peninah Nthenya Musyimi contacted us to say she was coming to Los Angeles for a three-day visit.   Peninah lives in Nairobi, Kenya and is the founder of a girl’s empowerment program called Safe Spaces.  We h...

October 15, 2013

It has taken a while to write this because I couldn’t quite find the words to talk about the remarkable women I met at both centers.  Before leaving for this trip I had heard how horrific it can be for women in Afghanistan and thought I was properly prepared for what I was going to experience and the women I would meet.  What I have learned is that no matter what you read or see on the news, nothing prepares you for meeti...

October 10, 2013

We hit the ground running once we arrived in Kabul.  Everyday was filled with eye opening experiences at the various Women for Afghan Women (WAW) programs followed by dinners with human rights activists, documentarians, political appointees and even the Ambassador from India!  Suni, one of the founders of WAW, made sure we met everyone.

 

Our first two days were spent at the Children’s Support Center (CSC) interviewing...

October 3, 2013

OK, I must warn everyone that this will be a series of posts because there is just to much to say at one time about Afghanistan and Women for Afghan Women. I'll start with… I have wanted to go to Afghanistan ever since I saw a report from Diane Sawyer about the conditions women and girls were facing under Taliban rule following 9/11.  I talked about wanting to go, but had no idea really how to do it.  Afghanistan seemed s...

June 24, 2013

Julliard was the place and April 9, 2013 was the date- the date of our first full reading of the play!   It’s hard to put into words the level of excitement and anxiety we felt while waiting for the reading to begin.  Luckily we had the good sense to plan a great lunch with Joanna, a good friend and supporter of our project that day.   For those who don’t know, Joanna (now retired) was our contact at the United Nations an...

March 16, 2013

What an amazing week we spent at the United Nations for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women and International Women’s Day. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls”.   We learned many valuable lessons during the week, not the least being, don’t wait until the last minute to decide to attend this conference.  There are hundreds of NGOs t...

January 24, 2013

Now that you’ve heard the latest from Night Light, let’s change continents and talk about Safe Spaces.  This is the organization we met with in Kenya.  Founded by Peninah Nthenya, they offer guidance, vocational training and support to young girls and women trapped in the slums of Nairobi.  Since we last saw Peninah, her girls have won the NBA Championship – that’s the Nairobi Basketball Association.  The first time a tea...

January 14, 2013

The rough cut for our documentary is in and seeing some of the interviews again made us miss the people who were kind enough to share their time and insights with us during our research trip.   Happy to say we were able to reconnect with everyone in a few days.  Annie with Night Light, Michelle with CARE and Peninah with Safe Spaces replied almost immediately to our email asking for a quick update.

Not surprising...

December 9, 2012

Lesson to self, when you travel for 4 months with three people all brandishing cameras, it will take you much longer than you thought to look through all the photos.  This holiday period is the perfect time to reflect on everything we’ve experienced and start to organize the thousands of photos we now possess.   In addition to the photos we captured, some of which we are proud to say are pretty good, there are great shots...

September 2, 2012

September is here and that means we are very, very close to getting the first draft of the script!  It’s been like waiting for Christmas when you were a kid.  The closer we get, the greater the anticipation.  Everyone has worked so hard to get to this point – the travel, the interviews, the meetings and research will pay off in just days.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know it’s only the first draft and there will be re-write...

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