Under Four Trees
The rural community of Mnqobokazi, South Africa, wanted to establish their first school. Mrs. Zikhali, a dynamic young teacher was selected to run the school but there were no classrooms or teaching materials. The first day, ten children came, spread their woven mats on the ground, and began class. Due to her dedication, the school’s enrollment grew. However, Mrs. Zikhali was additionally challenged by the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children who were hungry and/or suffering. The film follows her journey as she struggles to create a full service school that will also provide food, clothing, and emotional support to the children.
Unlocking the Heart of Adoption
This 56-minute documentary chronicles the filmmaker's journey of surviving rape, pregnancy and unwillingly relinquishing her newborn daughter for adoption interwoven with diverse personal stories of adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents in both same race and transracial adoptions. They stirringly reveal the enormous complexity in the lives of normal people when impacted by adoption and gives the viewer a powerful way to understand what adoption as a lifelong process means today. Many candid snapshots touchingly enrich each story. Historical footage is threaded through the film and serves as an illuminating background.
Untitled Mission District Project
Untitled Mission District Project is a documentary portrait of the Mission District through the eyes of four characters that lead very different lives but share a deeply rooted identity in the future of the neighborhood. Combined with the rhythms of daily urban life and the memories of a vibrant past, Untitled Mission District Project is a film about what it means to identify with a place when that place’s identity is constantly evolving.