Wake up at 5am, work, don’t eat, rest for a bit, and work more…
This has been the schedule of the Nadus Film crew for several days now in order to film a Sudanese person’s daily activities. This includes waking up, brushing teeth, sweeping the village, washing the dishes and walking to work or school. We find ourselves politely imposing (with permission of course) on those we’ve chosen to document. It’s been an interesting few days of jumping into the lives of those we know little about.
The Nadus film crew has built a jib (small crane). Its proven to be useful in a few shots thus far. We captured some amazing footage so far while filming the school children in class and the school teacher walking to school. Its quite the set up, but the smoothness that it gives a shot is priceless.
The school film session yesterday went very well. We found ourselves in the middle of the class (crane and all). The school teacher (the same one we’re documenting) gave the children an assignment. The assignment was for the children to color images on a paper, both front and back. One side was to represent the history of Sudan, the other-the future. The results were amazing. Nadus was able to score all of the papers from the children (50+). Attached to this update is an example of one of the childrens work. It is both amazing and frightening all in the same breath. See for yourself.
We’ve got less than a week left. We’re definitely ready to head back to the states. We’re still greatly enjoying ourselves here and find ourselves immersed in newness each and every day, however, the schedule I mentioned above does grow tiring. And at least every other day the wish for a Wicks pizza creeps into our conversations. This definitely makes things harder.
Today we filmed the school teacher. We were able to capture everything we needed. It was definitely one of the more difficult subjects to follow around and communicate with. She is 5 months pregnant, works the entire day and has little time to rest. She has 7 dependants living with her. Quite simply-a life you and I know nothing about. It was a difficult shoot, but in the end, we got what we needed. She will help fulfill the need for education in southern Sudan.
We’re well over halfway done with our “to do” list. We’re extremely happy with the footage we’ve captured so far. There is so much to how… in due time. The film is going to be amazing. The 930 art installation in December will be captivating as well. And there are sure to be several side projects that develop from this all. We believe that much will come out of this trip, and many more leaders will step up in fulfilling the documented needs in southern Sudan.
Thanks for reading the update. Sorry there’s nothing “super” interesting to update you with. No 8 ft. cobras this time or mines exploding near our truck….. just good ol’ boys working hard and getting it done.
Much love to you. Thanks for your prayers.
Pressing on… the Nadus film crew