KCET Airs Inspirational Documentaries 'School of My Dreams' and 'Girls of Daraja' May 9 at 10:30 PM | KCET
KCET Airs Inspirational Documentaries 'School of My Dreams' and 'Girls of Daraja' May 9 at 10:30 PM
Screens May 9 on opening night of the
Women's Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles followed by a panel discussion
on global issues around girls' education
want to be an independent lady." "I want to be a doctor." "I want to be a
banker, accountant and dentist." These
are the words of young students from Daraja Academy, a free all-back to back on KCET May 9, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. PST.
education. Due to the financial circumstances
of their families, many young girls in the region are unable to afford the
costs of secondary schooling. Daraja Academy awards four-year annual scholarships to these exceptional
academically driven students and provides them other essentials like uniforms,
textbooks, pens and pencils. The films focus on the first 52 students--now
104--and how they excel in the classroom and in life.
"We are thrilled to be able to bring to light
this truly inspirational story, as well as the important issues surrounding
girls' education opportunities in nations struggling with poverty," said Bohdan
Zachary, vice president, Broadcast,
Syndication & Program Development for KCETLink.
viewers meet students such as Cate, who bids farewell to her family and travels
along the dusty, cattle-lined road away from her village toward campus with her
backpack slung over her shoulders. Jenni Doherty, the Academy's founder, meets
her with open arms. "Welcome to school!"
she says, embracing Cate.
The film emphasizes that while
girls are given an incredible educational opportunity to have a life beyond
poverty through their Daraja experience--which means "bridge" in Swahili--it's
really what they decide to do with their education that counts. As Academy principal Jason Doherty puts it: "They're standing on a precipice, and want to be on other side but had
no access... How they cross that bridge is up to them."
With the sequel short film
School of My Dreams, which makes its west coast premier on KCET,
viewers will follow the students' progress after their Daraja experience into
real life. "I want to change my
community, I want to change Kenya, and I want to change the world!" one student
Girls of Daraja and School of My Dreams have been
awarded opening night honors at the Women's Independent Film Festival on May 9,
and there will be a reception and filmmaker panel discussion to follow on
global education for girls.
of Daraja and
School of My Dreams, which air on KCET the same night of the WIFF screening, are both directed and produced by Barbara Rick. Executive
Producer Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, and founder of Do A Little Foundation, a nonprofit
dedicated to the health, education, and happiness of women and girls around the
films' cinematography and sound is by Jim Anderson, and the
editors are Laure Sullivan and Ann Collins, with Julia Wrona as assistant
editor/associate producer. Featuring new
music by Salvador
Santana and others.
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