- Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015
Caring For The World Films announced the production of a new documentary on the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. The film will focus on the Nyaka School in rural Uganda.
The documentary will be directed by award-winning Director Debi Lang, and produced in cooperation with Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project’s founder and 2012 CNN Hero Jackson Kaguri. Steve Lang will serve as executive producer, award-winning photographer Jan Koehler as assistant director and cinematographer, and Emily Jones as camera assistant and boom operator. Other members of the team are Dr. Wes Hickey, Interim Dean, College of Education and Psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler and Reinhart Koehler, Board Chair of NPH International. The Young Company will create graphics and handle media relations for the project.
“It has taken us over two years of reviewing hundreds of submissions to find the right organization that meets all of our criteria,” said Lang. “I am extremely honored and excited to be working with Mr.Kaguri and his team. The inspiring, yet tragic journey to save a generation of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which ravaged Uganda, will undoubtedly move everyone. The impact he and his organization have made cannot be exaggerated.”
Lang’s interest in Nyaka surfaced after she read Kaguri’s compelling book “Schools For My Village”. The film will focus on Kaguri’s personal story as well as his perseverant efforts to create a sustainable and holistic solution to combat the poverty, hunger and illness that nearly destroyed his village. It will also explore the community’s determined involvement, which cemented the success of its many far-reaching programs. Production will begin later this year.
Lang added, “Through our pro-bono documentary films, we hope to bring awareness to the exhaustive efforts of relatively unknown and successful non-profit humanitarian organizations such as the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Nyaka has undoubtedly touched the lives of thousands in Uganda and has made a difference where others have failed. This group of humanitarians is certainly worthy of having their story showcased.”
To learn more and participate in this exciting project, visit: http://igg.me/at/NyakaDocumentary2016/x
About Caring For The World Films
Caring For The World Films (CFTWF) is an award-winning 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Founded in 2007, it has distinguished itself as THE production company non-profit organizations trust to tell their story. The CFTWF team searches the planet for relatively unknown, sustainable humanitarian organizations, which have had a tangible, positive impact on the populations they serve AND have a compelling back-story. Caring For The World Films has been honored with twenty-five international awards and film festival invitations including six Telly Awards and six Omni Awards.
Past documentaries include “Road To San Marcos”, “Return To San Marcos”, “Behind The Lines In Los Encinitos”, “Building a Better Belize” and most recently “Hearts In The Himalayas” for which Director Debi Lang received the Third World Indie Film Festival Humanitarian Award.
For more information please visit www.caringfortheworldfilms.org
About Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty, and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education, and healthcare.
In 1996, Twesigye "Jackson" Kaguri's life took an unexpected turn. He was living the American dream with an Ivy school education, ready to explore opportunities, travel and enjoy life to the fullest when he came face-to-face with Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic.
His brother died of HIV/AIDS, leaving him to care for his brother’s three children. One year later, his sister died of HIV/AIDS, also leaving behind a son. It was through his own personal experience that this native Ugandan saw the plight of orphans in his village of Nyakagyezi.
Knowing he had to act, he took the five thousand dollars he had saved for a down payment on his first home and used it to build the first Nyaka School. You can read more about Jackson's inspiring journey in his book, “A School For My Village”. Please visit http://www.nyakaschool.org/