the final destination of this special and inspiring journey and at the same time this marks a beginning: Let the editing begin!
Our last week has been quite amazing. We had the opportunity to visit IAC, Instituto de Apoio à
Criança, an NGO that has been working to empower children in Portugal for decades. They are responsible for getting a large number of children off the Lisbon streets, dealing not only with the kids but getting in contact with all people involved to
solve problems that go far beyond first sight and interpretation.
They invited us to go look at one of there projects in Marvila, a deprived suburb of Lisbon and meet some of the children.
Here I got the opportunity to talk with Muhamadu (14), a very wise boy from New Guinea. Mahumadu told me how it felt to leave Africa and,
as an oldest, leaving his brothers and family behind. He told me about his dreams for the future and how he is finding comfort in these thoughts on moments of distress.
It was a privilege to meet him and his teacher Bruno who helped me with the translation and the rest of the children and teachers.
On the day before our flight back home our journey ended with a beautiful and personal talk with minister Jose Antoinio Vieiera da Silva accompanied by the
dutch ambassador Govert Jan Bijl de Vroe. We talked about children-rights in Portugal and why the Portuguese became first on the KidsRightsIndex. It felt to me that there is a big correlation between a strong and universal family sense that seem characteristic
for the Portuguese and the need to work with less resources and therefor help each other out.
Unfortunately I could only make pictures of this
Then for the editing process: Being
back means dealing with all the great projects that I left behind. Next couple of months I will start working on developing a new film about a small music society in collaboration with the dutch broadcaster NTR and production company Tangerine Tree. This will
fill up my time, meaning that the project and the footage will have to wait a bit until the time is there for me to finish it and I can’t wait!