About this project
Televisions around America light up every night with the news of people displaced by war, famine and political unrest. The struggles of refugees are often seen as a distant problem, a world away from the living rooms of America and only a click away from something more entertaining. What the citizens of Greensboro, North Carolina often do not realize is that these displaced persons are their neighbors. Nearly 8,000 of Greensboro’s 270,000 citizens are refugees: people who have been forced to flee their homelands, escaping to start a new life in America.
The One Who Builds is a half hour documentary about the life and work of Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen who is paying it forward as the director of a refugee resettlement organization. In Greensboro, Omer has transcended boundaries dictated by society, race and religion to build a new village, one friendship at a time.
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO?
We hope to screen The One Who Builds nationwide in a community screening initiative so that others may learn from and be inspired by Omer's leadership and generous spirit. But before we can do that, we need to make it the best film it can possibly be.
We have been making The One Who Builds since September 2011. We finished editing this past spring and the film is now in need of color correction, sound sweetening and we've already been working with a composer on an original score. The funds raised from this campaign will pay for these needs and will help raise the production value. They'll also help kickstart our nationwide community screening initiative beginning with an October screening in Greensboro.
Any additional funds raised beyond our goal will help with promotional materials and festival submission fees.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Peter Carolla, Nick Gooler & Hillary Pierce are third year MFA students in Wake Forest University's new Documentary Film Program. Collectively they've made several short films, worked in the film industry on features and TV, collaborated on independent films in Rwanda, Chile and Costa Rica and have worked and taught alongside documentary legends Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens) and Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams). Peter is an alumnus of Davidson College, Nick graduated from the University of Illinois and Hillary went to the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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