THE COST OF DARKNESS: Free Documentary Viewing, February 28, 2021 at 2pm PST

Hi everyone,

This is a short notice, but information well worth your time if you can attend. See below.

Event date & time: February 28th, 2021, 2PM-5PM PST (with a built-in intermission)

The Cost of Darkness Documentary Virtual Preview will be taking place on Sunday, February 28th, 2021, from 2 PM to 5 PM PST on Youtube Live with two Q&A sessions – one during intermission, and one at the end of the event. Throughout this live event, the societal impacts of white supremacy, color bias, and racism in the following American institutions will be summarized and examined: politics, healthcare, the media, criminal justice, education, and the environment, as well as two additional segments of white supremacy and being Black in our society. To make this online event as engaging as possible, we encourage you to ask questions via the Youtube Chatroom, which will be monitored by our interns at The Culture C.O.-O.P. 

As this is a preview, we will cover 4  of these institutions, on Sunday, February 28th and the other 4 on Sunday, March 14th, at 2 PM

We are looking forward to seeing you at The Cost of Darkness Documentary Virtual Preview and making long-lasting changes with you. See you soon!

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The Cost of Darkness is produced by the non-profit The Culture C.O.-O.P., based in Davis, CA, and specifically by its founder and director Sandy Holman and her interns (students/alumni). Visit their website to contact Sandy and/or to arrange a viewing and discussion for your institution.

From Child Soldier to Filmmaker Activist: Ger Duany’s Story

*Click on GER TO BE SEPARATE to watch the video*

Hi everyone,

It’s Friday! How are you doing? I’m excited about today’s post: it’s all about making history and recording it. ‘How?’ you might wonder? So glad you asked.

Allow me to introduce you to Ger Duany. Ger was a former child soldier and lost boy, who fled the war in Sudan, and walked to Ethiopia, then Kenya, faced trials most of us can’t imagine going through, before finding his way to America. GER: TO BE SEPARATE is a documentary filmed by award winning Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu (FROM A WHISPER, PUMZI). The documentary is in its final stages. A fundraising has been put in place to help cover the remaining cost. Please, please, spread the word… 🙂

Here’s more about the project, from the producer’s account–Again, PLEASE, spread the word if you can:

You’ve probably watched “Lost Boys of Sudan” or “God Grew Tired of Us” in theaters and you cried your heart out and subconsciously still wonder, how the hell are these lost boys from Sudan adapting to the American life-style?

Well, it’s your lucky day because they are doing fine, well, at least we know one of them is and his name is Ger Duany. No, he wasn’t in either films mentioned above, but, he was one of the child soldiers and lost boys who fled the war in the formerly united Sudan and walked for miles to get to a refugee camp in Ethiopia then Kenya, and after many struggles he was one of the lucky ones that made it out on a plane to America.

In America, he encountered many obstacles but fate led him to his debut on Hollywood’s silver screen where he played a refugee in the movie “I Heart Huckabees”.  Director David O. Russell said he wanted someone who endured the real life experience of being a refugee to play the role. Soon after, Ger met supermodel Tyson Beckford, who saw Ger’s modeling potential which opened doors to a modeling career and a shoot with photographer Norman Watson and many other photographers.

And so during all these years and the distance he lost touch with his family and land, but in January 2011, he hopped onto another plane this time back to South Sudan to vote for independence. And in July 2011, South Sudan finally got its well-deserved freedom and Ger was there to celebrate his new nation’s independence, search for his family, and help build South Sudan.

Awesome right?!? Don’t you think this story would make a heartfelt real-life documentary? The kind that would complete the Lost Boys of Sudan trilogy that we got going on here? Well, the good news is that award winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (From a Whisper, Pumzi ) has been documenting Ger’s life for the past year and she has captured some wonderful footage and the documentary is in the final stage of production. We’re very close to completing this unique documentary and like any creatively awesome and life changing endeavor, we need moolah to finish this project. So we’re knocking at your door and hoping you’ll pledge and donate what you can to finish the editing of this unique story. We’re counting on you to help us see this through!

Thank you.