“Truth be told, I’d give an arm to be ambidextrous”

23 05 2011

-Title from Woody Allen

By Joy Ogunmuyiwa

May 23, 2011
11:35 am
Compound right outside Pune, India

One of the children coming back with an ice-cold summer treat to enjoy.

With its excessive budgets, overpaid actors, and massive technical crews, we often look at Hollywood in disdain and confusion.  Well, I found out yesterday, the other extreme isn’t too magical either!

At the care house, I came with too much equipment for my one-man crew of two arms, so I was very grateful when all the residents came out to help. We spent the bulk of the time prepping the children for the questions that would be asked.

 

This is a piece of footage from Manoj's interview. Subtitles will be coming later. (Sorry, it is a little stretched.)

Now, originally, I had planned to do five children a day, but as the first child, Manoj, was getting ready, it was very apparent that a schedule change was in order. There was just too much to cover (summary worksheets, consent forms, shot-by-shot analysis worksheets, etc.) and I did not want them (or me) to feel rushed.

We conducted the interviews in Hindi with Naveen translating what was said after each question. (However, I plan to use subtitles rather than voice over narration to keep the natural feel of the interview.)

The view from the roof.

The only problem we ran into on the first day of  interviews was the wind. GRHH! Pune is an extremely beautiful city, and I wanted to use it as a backdrop for one of the interviews, but it was too windy on the roof. We ended up doing them on the patio. But, I’ll have to spend some time tomorrow looking for a place indoors that catches a lot of sunlight.

 Though I cannot give out specific identification at this point of the project, each of the interviews was more touching and enlightening than the next. One of the children, when asked question 5 (“Where were you living before you came to this care house?”), talked about his time living with his grandparents because his parents had died due to HIV/TB. He contracted it and was taken up by his grandparents. The grandparents did not know anything about the disease so they would keep him separate from the rest of the family, even feeding him food only on disposable plates (so, they believed, they would not contract it themselves). It came to the point where they ended up telling him to leave their house. He has been with the care house since then. Fortunately, according to the in-house doctor, he is doing well today with a high CD4 count.

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