Thursday, November 29th, 2012...12:06 am

This Kickstarter thing… It is about way more than funding

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This past six days have been amazing. I am reeling. Responses from people about the film via our Kickstarter and Facebook have been phenomenal. People that I have never met are sending notes with their words of encouragement,  thanks, excitement — as well as their personal stories about suicide, deep connection with Nepal, their concerns about the lack of mental health in the developing world. What keeps me really walking above ground are all the notes we are receiving from Nepalis from all around the world. So many of them saying, YES suicide is a HUGE and HUGELY ignored issue in their country; ”Keep up the good work”; “I can’t wait to see the film”; “How can we help?”

We are not crazy. This film really does need to be made.

I asked permission to repost this note from Yasmine,  a Nepali grad student at Duke University. She addresses an aspect of the film that I have felt and hoped comes across, but have been unable to articulate. I have read Yasmine’s email over and over. I love it. I love what it says and I love that something I made (am making) affected someone I have never met so much that they sat down and wrote about it… thoughtfully and beautifully.

Here is what Yasmine wrote.

“I must tell you that I started tearing up, as soon as it the video began (the duster erasing the chalk on the blackboard): undoubtedly because issues of gender and education mean a lot to me, but also because unconsciously I must have felt a sense of pity (not an emotion I am consciously proud of having). But then a chuckle quickly ensued when Shanta said “kina tyaha mathi baseko..tala basa…barta hudai bascha.” and then a shot of beautiful handwriting. it brought me back to reality: the brief split second of pity..not needed. Following this shot…up until the end when you (Amy) are talking, there were two important things that happened a) I felt a whirlwind of emotions, of hope, of sadness, and of a desire to do something to contribute….as a documentary like this should do, and b) I saw two distinct voices speaking, very much literally, one of Shanta’s and one of the film-maker(s)’s: one of reality, and one of advocacy. Although the former made me want to give immediately, the latter was the main reason that made me want to support this project. I have a feeling that this production will not only showcase the sad state of gender and education in Nepal, but it will more importantly highlight a life lost in a social milieu of many variables (relationships, socio/economic/political statuses, wishes/dreams, etc) to advocate for cultural awareness about psychological issues.

I think this is a very thoughtful and important venture, and I could not not be a part of it. I would have loved to give more, but I am living on a graduate student stipend :) . As I mentioned in my facebook message…if there is anything I can help with, I would love to support your project in ways other than only monetary.”

Thank you, Yasmine!

Wow! Thank you everyone for your encouragement and enthusiasm about this project. Thank you Kickstarter for not just making art and ideas possible, but bringing the people who love the art, ideas and possibilities together.

I feel so blessed.

 

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