We start a long post-production period. Annika, our assistant editor and Mats spend long days looking over the material and getting a fresh look upon what the film can be.
Very good news, the Swedish public service broadcaster SVT is on board the film as a co-producer.
Preston sends his filmed reports about the ebola situation. The situation is very serious and the situation is getting worse every day.
Back home from a very good film trip to Monrovia, Liberia. From Sweden came Mats Hjelm, Annika Busch and Claes Herrlander. Cardinal Mbiyu and Kojo flew in from Detroit and we met up with our Liberian protagonists Preston Jackson and Rufus Jarbo. We could cover everything we had planned and more. A very good trip. Sadly ebola is now spreading quickly in Liberia. Since we could no longer remain in the country due to an epidemic alert, we left a camera with Preston so he can film reports from Monrovia about how ebola is affecting life until it is safe for us to return.
In our latest trip to Detroit, we met up with Kojo and Dara in their apartment overlooking the river. We then took Kojo’s car to Birmingham, Alabama and he led us through his life as a young man and the riots in Birmingham, especially the incident at the 16th Street Church, where 3 little girls were murdered by the KKK in 1964. This is the incident that spurred the Civil Rights movement, and Kojo was there. It was very exciting following his life through his hometown, meeting his sister and learning more about our main character.
In February, we will be returning to Liberia for a second time, with Kojo and Cardinal Mbiyu who will continue their work there.