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Thank You Tanzania!

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Uploaded on Apr 6, 2011

Here is my documentary Thank You Tanzania. I thought I would take the time and tell you how this project came to be. I am a single mother of three magnificent teenagers, an artist, stage director and educator. Over the last twenty years, I have traveled the globe to break away from the stultifying habits that are fueled by our North American culture. My purpose in travel has always been to make life more meaningful and to discover the origins and destiny of our human spirit. Being a performing artist has given me a direct conduit where I have intimately experienced people and places from around the world through the art of dance. Traveling with this intent has allowed me to see my life's journey not an itinerary but a slow accretion of details, just like the creation of the world dances I have studied. This has made me aware of the mammoth disconnection we have as a North American society to the rest of the planet, and in particular, our disconnection to all the children who are orphaned. 
In the summer of 2006, I  had reached the stage where my children were about to enter young adulthood. I was reminded each time when I returned home from my travels abroad, that my children were living in a time that not only encouraged but honored the individualistic paradigm where empty materialism is aggressively promoted. The contrast of the African children suffering from HIV and my children who were suffering from MTV  made me question how I had contributed to their way of seeing the world. I always thought that through osmosis my children would see the world the way I had experienced it; through my pictures and stories from around the globe;  but this was not  the case at all! 
When I was given an opportunity to implement a performing arts camp at an AIDS orphanage in Tanzania, I thought that this would be an incredible experience for my three teens to observe the world through a different lens. I hoped that this experience would shift my children's perspective and create a deeper understanding on how they could affect their world in a positive way. I was ever so curious to see if this trip would alter their moral choices and instill a sense of compassion and responsibility for others in need. I had felt that this might be my last crack at instilling moral and global centric values for my teenagers before they moved on to adulthood.


Correspondingly, the premise of creating this documentary was to capture the beauty, vulnerability, and creative spirit of the children and youth from Tanzania and Canada as they interact with one another through their exploration of the arts. The intended audience is for children, youth and families in North America in order to encourage awareness about the art of compassion and the importance of helping others, in this case the children orphaned by AIDS in Tanzania. This film also purports that the creative arts and play is an easy common ground for learning and healing when working with children. Thank You Tanzania illustrates how the arts can flesh out our innate and equal humanness regardless of colour, wealth or geography. It is the intention of this documentary to elevate the African AIDS Orphans from problematic victims to unique individuals with creative abilities hopes and dreams. 
It is through creative compassion that lives can be transformed. I do hope you enjoy the film! ( The credits still need to be completed.) Thank you kindly for taking the time to look at my film. If you feel that it does not fit it with your mandate I would ever so appreciate your guidance in directing me to a possible home for my film.
Yours in the love of film and children,
Sarina Condello

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