Why Somalia? In March, we flew into Somalia to discover and document the state of the country. We learned that the Somali people have been suffering the consequences of a massive drought —what some are calling the worst in the last 60 years. The staggering implications of the drought on the 2011 harvest put over 10 Million people at risk of hunger. To put this in perspective, the earthquake in Haiti affected around 3 million people. During the summer of 2011 the UN announced that over 29,000 children had died from starvation. International NGO’s (Non Government Organization’s) recorded that the drought left 1 in 4 children malnourished. Since there was no rain to harvest many left their homes in hope to find food. There are now 1.4 million Somali’s displaced around the country and another 680,000 seeking refuge in neighboring countries. During the height of the crisis, international AID agencies had trouble getting food to those in need because a terrorist-Al-Qaeda linked group known as Al-Shabaab refused to allow western agencies into the country, which compounded the crisis. In addition, Somalia has been locked in a struggle to form a centralized government for the 20 years following the 1991 civil war. Somalia is currently divided into three distinct territories making it nearly impossible for any effective form of governance. Still today, there is a transitional government that has not effectively secured the capitol of the country from the insurgent terrorist group, Al-Shabaab.
What is the Documentary about? Our documentary focuses on our experience in Mogadishu. We were given the opportunity to visit the largest displacement camp in the country, allowed access to several of the local agencies feeding the thousands who left their homes in search for food. Additionally we visited a few of the centers in the city that are providing medicine for the many malnourished children. We also sat down and interviewed the Director of Operations for the largest NGO (SAACID) in Somalia, one the most influential women in the country, government officials and the Somalia President. With your help we can finish our film, allowing us to tell a story worth being told— and together we can begin bringing global attention to this humanitarian crisis, and bring it closer to it’s end.
What is No Problem? “No problem” is a common phrase in Africa. Paradoxically it is often used in situations where there is a problem – for example, when we landed in Somaliland and discovered that we could not enter the country. We were told that our only option was to sneak back on the plane and return to Mogadishu - “but, no problem”. The phrase also plays off our reason for making the film. Somalia is in the throes of one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, yet Americans hear little about it on the news. We flew there to document the crisis, and now we are preparing to show you what we saw.
Where does your money go? 100% of your donations go towards the remaining cost of the project.
What is Ole? “Olé — Olé — Olé!” The crowd chants in unison. The harmony of their voices uplifts the champion in front of them, celebrating the magnificence of his performance. It is heard echoing down the halls and across parking lots at soccer pitches, bull fighting arenas and dance halls. It is the celebration of the extraordinary – a triumphant call that buoys the victor onto the shoulders of the people.
We are creating our own “Ole”. We are summoning the creative, the business-savvy, and the socially-conscious. We are facilitating collaboration in the fight against poverty, hunger and the unspeakable injustices that serve as instruments of oppression across the globe. Although this goal might seem impossible, here we are together, our voices chanting “Olé”
Who is behind Ole Productions? We are four guys from the West Coast who are passionate about fighting to end world hunger, the abuse of women and children, child slavery, and other injustices around the globe. We believe that it is our duty to use our personal skills and passions to create the change that we want to see.
Justin Cowan // Founder & Producer
Colin Wageman // Videographer & Editor
Dallas Dewitt // Photographer & Videographer
Deleir Georges // Co-Producer & Art Direction
John & Diana Brand // Executive Producers
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