While many are isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a native Corpus Christi turns to people around the world to learn what people are making a difference in their communities despite the challenges they face.
Annette King has interviewed people through Zoom for the past 12 months to understand how people from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds are dealing with the pandemic.
What she learned inspired her documentary film project “Unmasked”, which shed light on people facing social problems such as poverty, food insecurity and barriers to education and health care.
The series will feature people from all over the world, including a man named Maick, a refugee from the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who founded the first and only school for refugee children in the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
“The first thing he thought about was how to help the community when the kids don’t have an education,” King said. “We talked about how they dealt with COVID-19 and it really opened our eyes as westerners. So the story turned to this series.”
Maick’s interview introduced King to the word “Ubuntu”, which means “humanity” or “I am because we are”.
The concept of a universal bond connecting all of humanity resonated with King, who said that as a native of South Texas she was instilled with similar virtues.
“After leaving Texas and living in Florida for some time, I miss that connection and virtue of being considerate of others,” said King. “It really came back to me when he was talking about ‘Ubuntu’.”
South Texas actor and business owner Andres Elizondo II promised to sponsor the pilot of the documentary series as executive producer.
Unmasked was a featured project on the Kickstarter platform recently. The contributions to the production of the series pilot will be reconciled by Sunday, May 2nd.
The project was $ 2,000 away from its $ 25,000 goal on Friday. King said the next step is to produce a pilot episode that will help the team put themselves in front of companies that can help produce a full series.
The campaign ends on May 4th and the episode is expected to be released in late 2021.
“At this point in time, we’re trying to tell these stories to inspire change makers,” King said. “If someone has a story to tell, our website www.splicerfilms.com has a nomination area. We are looking for people to support the pilot in getting the project off the ground.”
Those who donate will receive details or a link to the pilot when it is released. To receive updates about the project, join Splicer Films’ email list or follow social media.
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