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A film about how some victims and perpetrators of Kenya's 2007/8 Post-Election Violence are beginning to move forward.
A film about how some victims and perpetrators of Kenya's 2007/8 Post-Election Violence are beginning to move forward.
276 backers pledged $10,664 to help bring this project to life.

Documentary complete! Here it is ...

Hello friends

I hope you have all been well. Happy New Year to you and yours.

I just returned from Kenya, where I screened the first version of "Kenya: Until Hope is Found" to local journalists, friends and family, peace-building organizations and in Kibera, the slum in which I did all of my filming. All of the screenings were great successes, and very many commented on the power and timeliness of the project.


On my last day in the country I gave copies of the film (along with label graphics) to a group of DVD pirates on River Road, a part of Nairobi that is notorious for copying and selling everything from Hollywood films to local music. I gave it to them free of charge. My reasoning was that since they have the best distribution system in Kenya, then they would be able to get the film into as many hands as possible. As I type, their vendors are selling the film country-wide for less than $1. My hope is that as many Kenyans as possible get a chance to view the film.
The presidential elections are on March 4th, and many in the country need any information that promotes healing from trauma. Not just the fact that we need to heal but how.

I uploaded the documentary onto youtube, and would like to share the link with you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze6tG5dNIfc

I encourage you to share the link widely, with friends, family and anyone else that you think might be interested.

In February, I hope to return to Kenya to promote the documentary via TV, radio and newspaper. That way, as many Kenyans as possible will hear about the film and will have easy access to it.
If you would like to supports my February trip, you can make a tax-deductibe contribution here:
http://josiahfilms.com/donate/

I hope that you can all find the time to watch the film. If you do, I would really appreciate your feedback.

As always, Peace.

Patrick

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Traveling to Kenya in 4 days. I need your help ...

Hello friends,

I hope you all have been well.

I am writing to report that the rough cut of the first version of "Kenya: Until Hope is Found" has, all except the film credits, been completed. I have had 4 screenings so far: 2 in Springfield, MO, 1 in Savannah, GA, and 1 in Laramie, WY. They have all been very powerful, and have been followed by very profound and meaningful Q&A sessions that have left many (myself included) with a palpable sense of hope. By learning ways that we can address, process and release stress and anxiety, our lives change for the better. This is as applicable in Nairobi, Kenya as it is in Wichita, Kansas and anywhere else around the world. Such hope truly does change lives, and it is my deep belief that it can change a culture. Thanks to all of you, I have truly been blessed to share what I consider to be the most important project I have ever worked on with others.

Here is a 5-minute excerpt from the film: https://vimeo.com/53345605

While I have mailed off some of the Kickstarter rewards, I still haven't completed all of my obligations, and for this I apologize. The truth is that I have been very busy with logging and editing the film, raising a family, working to feed them, and everything else that encompasses this beautiful dance called life. I am doing the best I can to send the rewards as quickly as I can, and the truth is that it will take a while yet. I will get back to sending off the packages when I return from my trip to Kenya, which is the main reason I write this update:

I have set up an online fundraising campaign for my December trip to Kenya to show "Kenya: Until Hope is Found" throughout the country. I humbly ask that you make a contribution and share the fundraising link with friends (facebook and otherwise) and family. I have until Nov 29th to raise the total amount: 

http://www.indiegogo.com/kenya-untilhopeisfound?show_todos=true&a=1712244 

Thank you so much. Peace, Patrick

 

Deadline Change, Fundraising Walk-a-Thon, Video on Healing

Hi everyone,

As they say in Kenya, I have been "lost." This means I have been away and haven't been in touch. I am sorry for that. To those I haven't yet contacted about pledge rewards, please know I am doing the best I can to complete the first version of "Kenya: Until Hope is Found" and fulfill my end of the bargain. I promise to be in touch soon.

Yesterday I received confirmation about Harrison Stadium on the Drury University campus being available for a Walk-a-thon on October 27th. "Walk until Hope is Found" will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., and the event will conclude with the screening of a 40-minute version of "Kenya: Until Hope is Found." More information coming in a week.

Finally, I recently completed video about a technique called Faster EFT (Emotionally Focused Transformations) being used to address deep psychological trauma in Kibera, Kenya's largest slum and the epicenter of the 2007/8 violence.
Please watch the video and, if you think it can benefit anyone, share it widely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzARpuCD3Eo&feature=youtu.be

I am very interested in your thoughts. Post comments below, and share the youtube link on Facebook and make sure to use the tag #untilhopeisfound on Twitter. Ask your friends what they think of the technique and have them share it as well. Together we are spreading hope.

Thank you all for your encouragement and your patience. I wish you abundant peace.

Patrick

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Trauma healing technique

Below is the link. Please try it as you watch. I invite your comments afterwards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAhNSHNyGd4&feature=plcp

Peace, Patrick

Trauma and healing in Kibera

Yesterday I spent the day with Pascalia and the children of the Inama Mimi Rescue Feeding Center. Pascalia takes care of 12 children that would otherwise be homeless (the number has been as high as 35) and the children of Kibera residents that drop them off for 20 shillings a day ($ 0.25). She is an amazing woman, extremely important to the lives in her care.

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