A Good Night, 12 Hours to Go
I woke up (early) to great news. Generous people I had never met helped our campaign with an extremely generous gift. Many other strangers have joined us in recent days. And with 12 hours to go, we're at 92% of goal. I'm so grateful to everyone.
Forgive me if I continue on my update theme of endings, but here's the last video excerpt I'll share. It's a rough version of what I think will be a rather optimistic and uplifting scene from our last act: the election of Nasri Sabarna to the municipal council, and mayoralty, of Beit Ummar. Our great team of Tal Pesses (camera) and Nida Ibrahim (producer) shot this on Oct. 20.
We had been filming Nasri since fall, 2011 and were building the story line of Nasri as the perfect mayor. He was dedicated, progressive, populist, transparent . A lifelong member of Fatah and the PLO, he was voted in after Hamas was voted out. He brought US aid into the village (although he, ironically, was on the US State Dept. terrorist watch list -- a situation which I hope we will play a role in rectifying).
Then in April he resigned, in protest over ministerial policies that clashed with his populist vision. In Oct., he was elected once again, with a large majority.
Go to the video tape: