It's All Good!
GINA PUMA, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, GILBERT, ARIZONA, USA- In my quest for funding, I spend hours writing and talking about this project to anyone who will listen. As I watch the project progress, I reflect upon the numerous unique opportunities lurking within. I originally got involved because I liked the way Jabbes wanted to empower the Zambian people to stimulate their own economic growth. There is a line in BAD TIMING where Jabbes writes, “Instead of waiting for donor handouts, we want to show them that Zambia can do it on our own….it can be Zambia for Africa!” Creating a film industry in Zambia will increased economic freedom and would open up opportunities for many. The prospect for advancement doesn’t stop there. The Mesa Community College students are part of a distinctive international college experience. Other colleges take you to foreign countries to learn about new cultures. While that is a remarkable experience, you are only there as a passive observer. The MCC film students have been given the chance to live and work with the people of Zambia. What an exceptional opportunity for cultural exchange! There is no substitute for that. We embraced Jabbes and showed him the charitable hospitality of the American people and in turn, he took us to his home and he and the people of Zambia welcomed us with open arms. The project is already a success on many levels. It’s all good!