Film festival begins today

By The Curry Coastal Pilot February 24, 2012 09:17 pm

 The Faces of the World film festival presents two back-to-back Saturday travel documentary matinees at the Redwood Theater in Brookings.  

This morning, (Feb. 25) the films will showcase West Africa and Malaysia. On March 3 the movies will feature India and Southwest China. Show time is 11 a.m. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door on a sliding scale between $8 and $20. African tribal art will also be available for purchase. The filmmakers will be on hand afterward for a question and answer session.

 

 A total of 50-percent of all proceeds will benefit The World Love Foundation, an organization building clean water well, according to Terri-Lynn and Tony Kalhagen of Makai Ohana Productions in Ophir and Portland, and foundation founders. Since 2008, the foundation has built four wells in a remote region of northern Ghana. These wells provide potable water for more than 10,000 people, livestock and food crops.  

Now, women don’t need to walk two miles each way for a water source, which in the dry season is a muddy hole in a dry riverbed, the Kalhagens said. The villagers no longer fall victim to severe water-borne illnesses and death.  Thanks to the wells, the quality of life for these communities has improved. The goal is to fund 10 new wells this year.

The filmmakers have produced several award-winning television features for KBSC TV Charter cable channel 9 over the past nine years.  

In 2006, when traveling in northern Ghana, the Kalhagens encountered a young man, Rashed Anaba, who offered to take them on a tour.  He took them to his remote village where they were welcomed by a throng of singing, dancing men, women and children. Here they learned of the desperate need for a clean water source. Moved by their plight, they promised to return to build a well.

The Kalhagens formed the foundation with their Ghanaian guide. Back in Curry County, they showed their travel documentary to the Rotary Clubs. Two years of fundraising and presentations later, the first well was hand dug in Gungabisi.

In November 2011, the couple led a three-week tour of Ghana, visiting the well sites and witnessing a well dug right before their eyes. Part of the tour price paid for the well. They plan to lead two more tours of Ghana this July and November. Each tour funding a new, clean water well.

For more information, call 541-247-0625 or visit www.theworldlovefoundation.org.