A Message From Joel Kambale, Director of Never Give Up While You Are Still Alive

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Hello New Neighbors Project Supporters and Fans,

First of all I want to say thanks to the supporters of the New Neighbors Project, Soft Landing Missoula, and the Government of the United States. I also want to thank the New Neighbors Project Team very much.

Today is a great day as it is the beginning of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival where our films will premiere. This is the first movies we have done. In the beginning things were tough! We have spent many hours, many months creating and learning - often by trial and error. It was difficult to think about which story to tell and how to say it. 

I want to thank the New Neighbors Team for keeping up the hard work. Communication was difficult at first between languages. Working a camera was very difficult at first (it is still hard now!), but they have found hidden skills within us. I did not know I was a filmmaker! But now I know, I am ready to move forward to create bigger and more stories. For helping us believe and see those skills, I am very grateful. 

These stories will help educate people, reflect on our cultures and integration in America. But also, it's important to tell stories just for the sake of telling stories. In all cultures and for all people it seems, storytelling is something very much within our souls and societies. 

Please come out to watch part one of my first film, Never Give Up While You Are Still Alive, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20th at MCT as part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. After that Renga For The West, a whole group film, will play. Be sure to celebrate with us at the afterparty at Black Coffee Roasting directly after the film screenings (around 8:45 p.m.) on Tuesday, Feb 20th. Then on Sunday, be sure to come out to the film created by my partner Justine Binwa, Kuwezesha Wanake (Women's Empowerment) on Sunday the 25th at 8 p.m. at MCT. 

If you aren't able to catch the films next week, we will be showing them again in Missoula and throughout Montana during March. Stay tuned and Asante sana! (Thank you!)


-Joel Kambale, Director of Never Give Up While You Are Still Alive
 

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