Finally Heading to South Africa to Begin Filming

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By Suzanne Cross We are finally off to South Africa to begin filming.  Today has seemed as if it would never arrive, and yet it is way too soon for us to depart.  We have learned enough over the past couple of months to know we’re probably not ready, but time has a way of catching up, so we head to the SFO airport.  Of course, we look around to be sure we have all … Continue reading

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It’s All About the Relationships…

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By Suzanne Cross This is was our fifth visit to Mrs. Zikhali, Thanda Myeni, the Nkomo School children, and their teachers.  Each visit has brought us even closer, breaking down barriers of distance, language, and culture.  During our past visits, Mrs. Zikhali’s husband has always been very cordial to us, but on this visit we saw a loving, animated person who cares deeply for his wife, respects her passion for education, and strongly supports the … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the Back Story

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By Suzanne Cross Well, we’re here at Nkomo Primary School in rural South Africa and this is our first week of filming.  We prepared as much as we knew how to, given the time limits before we left. Now that we’re starting to roll the film, we hope that we can begin to capture an exciting story, and not just a back-story narrative of how the school began.  We will really need some climax points … Continue reading

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The Children, Their Excitement and Their Challenges

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By Suzanne Cross Everyone was excited to tell the story of how Nkomo School began under four trees, but we also wanted to capture the challenges of this poor, rural community and share their proud Zulu culture and traditions with other parts of the world.  Imagine 900 children who get up early, find wood to build a fire, heat water to wash themselves, walk to school often barefoot, and walk home to no running water … Continue reading

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