The last few days it has been on my mind that so many people have given up a part of their life to help this film. Even though this trip – and the story of the film – are still in mid-swing, I wanted to give some credit…
First of all, Nicholas and Elsie, our main characters who’ve opened up their lives and their story to us. At times we have searched through painful memories, dredging past distress and anguish. Though it hasn’t all been smooth, they have been gracious and forgiving of the young crew that showed up three years ago wanting to tell their story.
A few others:
- Lyn & Jesse Rosten, who’ve given so much time & talent to the film
- Chris Hansen, who’s story knowledge and advice has been invaluable in pushing the story forward
- Jeff, Jodi and Richard of The Wellspring Foundation, our gracious hosts, supporting and encouraging us and helping with logistics on the ground
- Mark Petersen and The Bridgeway Foundation: without their help, this trip wouldn’t have happened
I feel so grateful for the sacrifices these people have made. I often fail to publicly say thanks… so, thanks! By your efforts you are now an inextricable character in the making of Rwanda: Hope Rises.