Kenya: Until Hope is Found
My name is Patrick Mureithi, and I'm a Kenyan documentary filmmaker based in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
In December of 2011 and May of 2012, I travelled to Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, to gather footage of victims and perpetrators of the country's 2007/8 post-election violence as they went through a reconciliation workshop called "Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities."
I have edited the first version of my new documentary, "Kenya: Until Hope is Found," and would like to travel to Kenya in December to show the film extensively throughout the country. I would also like to gather more footage while I am there.
I Need Your Help
I need to raise at least $5,000 for airfare, meals and transportation. Airfare is $2,000, transportation and meals another $2,000, and $1,000 is for miscellaneous expenses. My hope is to show the film on national television, and also to distribute it at minimum cost via the DVD piracy industry. Anything extra that I raise will go towards venue and equipment rental so that I can host public awareness forums.
This project is important because there are a lot of cases of unresolved psychological trauma in Kenya after the post-election violence. According to Genocide Watch, this violence at one point brought Kenya one step away from genocide. The next presidential elections are in March 2013, and there is a risk of even greater violence erupting within the land of my birth.
"Kenya: Until Hope is Found," tells the story of severely traumatized men and women who learn various ways of taking responsibility for their own healing. This is a message that will resonate in the hearts of many, and will help start conversations about the need to heal from trauma, without which there can be no lasting peace. This is a message that is relevant not just in Kenya but to EVERY human being on the planet.
Other Ways You Can Help
It would really mean a lot to me if you shared this campaign with your friends on facebook, twitter and elsewhere.
Peace to you all, Patrick