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OHMH | Be Unreasonable 2010 Video

September 8, 2010

Yep, here it is. Five months after staying at and working with orphanage Mudzini Kwetu in Kikambala, Kenya, One Home Many Hopes‘ (OHMH) fall drive to raise funding for building a school is about to begin, and with that comes the first fruits of the cinematographic labor of Graham Marley and myself. Thus, it’s with great excitement that I share the three and a half minute promotional video that will be one of the centerpieces of this year’s campaign. Take a look!

I learned quite a few things on the journey of producing this with my Canon 5D MkII. First being I need better and more discreet steady-cam equipment. You’ll see that in a few of the shakier shots of Kenyan Life, but thankfully it’s not so bad as to disturb the flow I think.

Secondly, to dive into a story as broad and rich as Mudzini’s, it is perhaps best to establish a working script that’ll tell the story you’re trying to tell prior. Anthony Mulongo, the founder of Mudzini takes center stage in this, and Graham and I’s inclination was to ask good questions of the man and allow him to answer in as long and detailed a response as possible. Then, in the editing room, I’d pull from these answers and build the arch of the film. Come to find out that while that offers a very real, raw way to capture Anthony’s exuberance and brilliance without it being contrived, it takes forever to comb through and assemble a list of quotes that will communicate the broadness of the what’s being presented without being so wordy that it weighs on people’s attention span. The final cut of this clocked in at three and a half minutes, and even then can be (and has been) argued is a little long. It’s pulled from over an hour of interview footage, and even then the final order of the chosen bytes was a point of constant conversation – contributing to development of no less than four drafts of the finished piece. Yikes. Working out a rough but concise outline of the narrative direction with Mulongo and Thomas Keown (chairman of OHMH) prior seems to be the way to go in the future.

Finally and most importantly, the work on this video reminded me of just how enamored I became with that country, and in particular the ladies who are being raised at Mudzini. What you can never capture in the window of a few minutes is the inspirational stories of their lives and the enormous personalities of each. Going through the interview footage, I not only got to see and hear them again, but I also got to remember how Graham and I would joke, trying to make sitting in front of a camera a fun thing for them, and how intelligent, quick-witted, and inspiring each one of them is. As girls being educated and raised at Mudzini, I’m given a profound level of hope for the future of Kenya with these gals poised to inherit influence in their society.

So that leads me into my last thought. If you watched it, you know what Mudzini and OHMH have their sights set firmly on doing in the near future: building a school that would expand their reach to 720 area children in dire need of a respectable education that can change the direction of a nation for the better. It’s a lofty goal, but it’s an attainable one, and most importantly one that you can partner with them in achieving. The things that Mudzini has achieved in seeing to the needs of thirty-four abandoned and orphaned girls is nothing short of miraculous. Period. And if you believe that whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much and take into account the scope of what Mulongo, Keown, and the team of Mudzini and OHMH has been able to do with so little, then it becomes clear that the invitation here is to be a part of something enormous and overwhelmingly beautiful.

I hope you enjoy the video, and if you have a little to give to the cause, head over to the OHMH website and give. Even if you don’t, at least share the video with as many people as you can. Maybe they’ll have a little spare change after-all. As the video espouses, don’t be afraid to be a bit unreasonable in the name of lasting, miraculous change. Trust me, these girls  and this story is worth every effort.


  1. This is an awesome video! “Education is the Key!” and people need to understand that small changes for good now equal HUGE changes for the future! The hopes and dreams are what create opportunity. The little support we can give can make a big difference! Great video DJ!

    Comment by Jenn Ward | September 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm
  2. Outstanding DJ. Words and images and blog. As usual. Hat’s off.

    Comment by Thomas | September 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm
  3. Amazing work on the OHMH video, which I saw in an edited version (2 min) in a recent email from Thomas Keown. Had to see more, and recommended your website to marketing colleagues at the Jewish Federations of North America.
    Really inspired; thank you!

    Comment by Amy | November 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

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