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Former Los Alamos High School student William O’Donnell, has produced the film “Education is Hope,” tracing the impact of education in Kenya on students, their family and their community.
There will be a free screening at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Reel Deal Theater.
“Education is Hope” is a grassroots film that will transport the audience to a country where poverty and back-breaking labor can usually only be overcome by education.
Education for young Kenyans is a sometimes elusive goal, hindered by the day-to-day responsibilities of maturing children to help support their families through hard labor. Dylan Westfall and O’Donnell embark on a journey through three months in Kenya.
While living, sleeping and eating with the locals, they document the hardships and beliefs held among many Kenyan’s that only education can lift the poor, diseased and marginalized out of desperate circumstances.
In the film, locals tell their stories, which illustrate that the hope of education is warranted. It shows that those who complete high school and some form of higher education find opportunities that would otherwise be non-existent.
Meet the producers and Fredah, a Kenyan woman featured in the film, with a reception to follow.