Projecting Change Kpandai

3 Oct

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This week I helped to take Vancouver’s very own Projecting Change Film Festival international! (  My weekly audio post tells the tale.  As we showed the movie outside under a mango tree, it was hard to get good pictures of the crowd, which I estimate to be around 200 or 300 people.  The pictures above were the best I could do.

Below are pictures of me with Madame Francisca, an amazing leader in the community who you’ll hear about in the audio post, and the Catholic Priest who helped to organize the screening and who invited a wide range of attendees from other churches and mosques.  In the picture, the Priest is standing in the only library in the Kpandai District of 100,000 people – the one that they built at the Catholic church but that they have been unable to get books for.  We’re hoping that the spirit of cooperation from tonight’s movie screening might lead into a broad community initiative to get these shelves filled.

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7 Responses to “Projecting Change Kpandai”

  1. Cat October 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Wow, how terrifying and exhilarating an experience that must have been! That’s got to be one of the best show and tell stories ever. Well done, Mark! Let us know what the feedback is like.

    Sleep well,


  2. Colleen October 4, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    What an incredible experience to connect with key people in the community, have them engage others and come together to share knowledge through film.

  3. Rogayeh Tabrizi October 4, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Mark, so proud of you.. of course you are amazing!

    a question: what kind of books are there already? what kind of books people are interested in?


    • markwjabbott October 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

      Hey Rogayeh. They barely have any books at all right now and the ones they do have are mostly falling apart. I asked the Priest what types of books he thought would be best and he said that he wanted to focus on reading skills, preferably with a good and locally appropriate message. Ideally they would get a progression of books for different development levels and then design some sort of reading-rainbow style challenge for children. Mark

  4. jblechta October 4, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Mark, glad you got to screen it! What were the reactions from the people who watched it?

    • markwjabbott October 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

      Hey Jason,

      The immediate reactions from the Priest and the few people who stuck around afterwards were overwhelmingly positive. Today I’ve been chatting with many other people and they all loved it too. My new tailor, who is a Muslim, was there and he said that he saw a lot of people from his mosque there last night, which is great. He and a few of the other people I spoke to who were in the back estimated the crowd size to be more like 400 people, so maybe the Priest’s estimate was better than mine.

      As luck would have it, today I got a chance to meet one of the Chiefs who is involved in the conflict. We talked a bit about the movie and its message. He did not see it last night, but one of his wives did. Hopefully the film will have some small impact on the ongoing dispute.

      If you get a chance to screen Pray The Devil Back To Hell or any other movies at Ponge Tamale, you should definitely go for it!


      • Colette October 5, 2010 at 12:44 am #

        For anyone wishing to watch “Pray The Devil Back To Hell” in Vancouver, Amnesty International will be screening it during their Film Festival in November.

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