Hello moviegoers, there will be a film screening on July 3 at the Sooke Harbour House hosted by Sooke’s own envoy to Africa: Eric Anderson, aka “Hum.” Awareness Film Night has promoted Hum’s work in Africa at several of our screenings in the past and now I’d like to promote his own screening. Read on if you are interested.
The film is called The Orphan Girl and Hum is the executive producer and assistant director. He also acts in the film. The director and the other actors are veterans, although nobody took a dime for their work.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The Orphan Girl is based on the true story of Helen Getachew Abebe who was born in a brushwood hut in southern Ethiopia. As a young girl she lost 2 sisters, her mother and father and a leg to gangrene. She grew up in an orphanage that owed as much to Dickens as Mother Theresa. At 18 she was forced to leave with only a few bucks and the rent for a flea-bag room for a month. Eventually, after struggling with pregnancy, a difficult birth, a baby to care for without money, drug-resistant TB, today she is a healthy, strong young woman with a son and a movie about her from which she is hoping to raise enough money to start a small orphanage for street kids.
The language of the movie is the national language of Ethiopia, Amharic, with decent English subtitles and a smattering of spoken English mainly by Hum, who plays the doctor who amputated the child Helen’s leg. Hum will say a few words before the screening and will answer questions from filmgoers afterward.
The film will be shown at Sooke Harbour House on July 3rd at 7:30.
Admission is by donation to the orphanage being set up by Helen. For more info email Hum: email@example.com
– Jo Phillips