Filming on the documentary, The Root of it All, began Mozambique in April. This film, funded by a grant from the First Fruit Foundation, will share stories about organizations seeking to transition their orphanages to family care models for children all over Africa. Filmmakers Samuel Rich and Marianna Mäkiniemi were joined by the films 'stars' and CRC experts David Musa and George Kulanda as they engaged with African Bishops, social workers, orphanage directors, families and children. Film capture is FUN - the team made use of multiple cameras, lighting, GoPros and even a drone! Melody Curtiss and I (Laura Horvath) were thrilled to be able to take a very much behind-the-scenes role so that George and David could take center stage in sharing their questions, concerns, and reflections on the important work of transition support.
As the film continues to take shape, we head next to Sierra Leone, where of course we'll tell some of the story of the Child Reintegration Centre's transition and ongoing work to help others learn how to shift from residential to family care models, but we'll also be sharing the stories of at least two other organizations engaged in this journey to better care for children. We believe that strong, safe, loving and healthy families are at the root of positively changing not just families, but communities, societies, governments, and indeed - healing the world.
We'll be updating you via this special blog [The Root of It All} and our social media throughout the coming months with behind the scenes photos and stories to give you an advance peek into the development of this important film. Stay tuned!
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