November 21st, 2010. Stuart & Gregory had the great fortune to meet up with Jane Goodall in The Netherlands to film her for a Mobile Phone Recycling Campaign and an Educational, sustainably packaged DVD project.
Meeting Jane Goodall is like meeting a brilliant, warm, deeply compassionate, tough, funny and completely focused rock star angel. She spends 300 days a year on the road working hard to convince me, you, politicians, students...all of us, to get in the game, do the right thing, respect our only planet, respect each other, respect our creatures and respect ourselves.
She has further inspired the already inspired - Thanks Dr. Jane
Prior to meeting her Jane had been made aware of our 2011 Ripples Of Hope film idea and how it could only happen with the support of the Kickstarter.com community. She loved the idea and we were actually surprised that Jane knew about Kickstarter.
"Ripples of Hope: How Empowered & Inspired Youth are Changing the World"
We want to tell the story of how twelve African Teenagers from Tanzania inspired over 150,000 young people in currently 123 countries around the world to become Active Citizens for change. Their journey, which began in 1991 and took on the title Roots & Shoots has led from an idea of 12 teenagers to a global movement that is making a real difference.
When we think of Africa, we often think of poverty, aids, war...but that's only a small part of the true picture. We want to tell the story of how empowered and inspired youth are indeed changing Africa and how their "Ripples" are changing the world. It is important to tell this story, because their stories are powerful, beautiful, meaningful and relevant to us all.
Our focus will be on the people and their touching stories, using beautiful imagery all filmed on Canon 5D Mark II rigs and great sound from Zoom's H4N. The film will also feature local African musicians, artists, organic farmers and others who are working for positive change.
We will also train a couple of local youth how to film for the documentary and give them a Canon 550D video / Stills camera and an Zoom H4N sound device in order to empower them to be co-creators of their own story.
One of the other powerful stories we will tell is the story of the Batwa Indigenous People of Uganda. The Batwas are one of Africa´s oldest living indigenous peoples in existence today. In 1991 the "Protectors of the Forest" as they were once called, were forcibly removed from their ancestral home by the Ugandan army.
Today these beautiful, landless people who now live in the open spaces of south eastern Uganda have few rights and primarily depend on their government's goodwill for survival. The current life expectancy for a Batwa is 28 years and the remaining 1,400 face extinction. Their needs are basic; water, food, shelter and schools for their children.
But there are "Ripples Of Hope" and will tell you the stories of people who are working meaningfully and compassionately to support local ideas and solutions to local challenges, by helping those who have been exploited, and through providing them with the tools and opportunity to protect their environment, collect rain water, grow their own organic food and by building much needed new school classrooms in order for communities and their youth to sustain themselves and have a fair chance in life.
We feel that telling these stories can help to dispel some stereotypes and inspire others around the world to take action and bring more positive attention to Africa, protection of the environment, animals and it´s people.
Miles of Smiles,
Gregory, Stuart, Taliya & Marnie