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We would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the past few months while working on this project. Aisha, Anna and I hope that you will enjoy the film.  Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

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Thanks to everyone who attended the premiere of our film, Under the Mango Tree, at Gibbs Library on September 18th. Leann and Paulette from Gibbs did a great job helping us organize the event. We raised over $300 for the kids of Kissehman that evening.

For those of you who were not able to attend the event, we will be posting a final cut of our film in the coming days on this blog. Check back soon to see our film.

Upcoming Events

O’Naturals Community Night – Monday, September 15

Join the Maine-Ghana Youth Network Oral History Project at O’Naturals in Portland on September 15 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Pictures taken by the kids of Kissehman will be on display. MGYN will also be selling baskets. Ten percent of O’Naturals’ sales from the evening will go directly to MGYN.

World Premiere of Under the Mango Tree - Thursday, September 18

Join us at Gibbs Library at 40 Old Union Rd. in Washington, ME on September 18 for the world premier of our film, Under the Mango Tree. The film begins at 7 p.m. Maine Ghana Youth Network President Erin Rhoda and I will give a brief talk before the showing. Refreshments will be on hand.

I’ve completed the editing process of our documentary. It is entitled Under the Mango Tree. Work over the past month has been a long and challenging experience, but I think the end result does justice to our time in Kissehman.

We will be announcing the date and location of the premiere shortly. Later, I’m going to try to find a way to post a version online. This could be a bit tricky, though, as twenty-two minutes of HD-quality footage takes up quite a bit of bandwidth. Stay tuned.


Join us on Thursday, September 4 at Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick, ME for great live music and photos taken by the kids of Kissehman. Jazz for a New Society’s Frank Mauceri’s Trio will begin playing at 7:30 p.m. The show is free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds go to MGYN. To learn more about Jazz for a New Society, please visit the group’s blog at http://www.myspace.com/jazzforanewsociety.

We will be posting more information about the premiere of our film shortly.

Through Their Eyes

Given the somewhat invasive work of filming and photography, we thought it was important to give the children of Kissehman the opportunity to capture images that they found most compelling.  Thus, we gave a number of children disposable cameras during our three week stay in Kissehman.  Our only instructions were this: to take photos of things that we did not see, and of things they found most important in their daily lives.  Without fail, all of the kids captured interesting and often quite artistic photographs.  Click here to take a look at Kissehman and Christian Village through their eyes.

We will be sending prints of the photos back to Kissehman to each of the kids in the upcoming weeks.

Work on the documentary is still progressing. Aisha and I made good progress on it over the last week, but there is still a lot to do. Video editing can be a very time-consuming process. I expect to have everything done by the middle of September. Check back for more information about the date and location of the premiere.

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