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Award-Winning Director Jessica Yu Spotlights Heroic Journalist Gladys Kalibbala’s Passion

Jessica Yu, author of Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, and Gladys Kalibbala, and subject of the book/Photo: Michael Wawuyo

Gladys Kalibbala and director/author Jessica Yu/Photo: Michael Wawuyo

By Patricia Caso/April 22, 2018

In Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: An Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves, author Jessica Yu follows heroic Ugandan journalist, Gladys Kalibbala, who uses her energy, creativity and meager resources to rescue lost and abandoned children.

Her column, “Lost and Abandoned,” has drawn attention to the plight of hundreds of forsaken children. Gladys routinely faces many difficult and dangerous situations to help them.

“What Gladys does is hard. But the cumulative impact of her deliberate – not random – acts of kindness, and the joy she takes in them, reminds us that we discover our humanity when we engage. And if we persist, things happen.” Jessica Yu

Intrigued with Gladys’ life-saving deeds, I began researching more about her life and discovered Jessica Yu’s own multi-faceted story. Not only was she an award-winning director in television, documentaries and films, she’d just written her first book, Garden of the Lost and Abandoned. And, what a compelling changemaker Jessica brings to readers.

I caught up with this Academy Award-winning filmmaker in Los Angeles by phone in between her busy commitments to find out more about Gladys’ exceptional acts and Jessica’s perspective on her own career… [Read more…]

Mary Skinner’s Special Film “Irena Sendler–In The Name Of Their Mothers”

Mary Skinner documentarian

By Pamela Burke

UPDATE 3/20/13: For more current information about the Irena Sendler film, visit this facebook page.

UPDATE 2/26/12:  This documentary just won the 2012 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary in Public TV

Mary Skinner is a former marketing executive turned documentarian. She’s recently released the remarkable film: Irena Sendler, In the Name of their Mothers, the story of a group of young Polish women who outwitted the Nazis to save thousands of Jewish children from certain death during WWII.

“It was sad to me that few people outside of Poland knew anything about these people.” Mary Skinner

The story is told through the perspective of 95-year-old Irena Sendler, her co-conspirators, and several of the children they saved. Mary was always struck by the story and the “moxie” of the women.

Irena Sendler

She alerted us to her documentary as it was about to be broadcast on PBS in May, writing that it was an inspiring story of feminine moral courage that she hoped people would view. We wanted to know more about this powerful and moving film. Mary filled us in on the details of her journey to make it…

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TOP 10: Nora Ephron, 1941-2012–Writer and Filmmaker with a Genius for Humor

Nora Ephron--Photo: Jonathan Wenk, Columbia Pictures

Nora Ephron, 1941-2012–Writer and Filmmaker with a Genius for Humor: Charles McGrath–nytimes.com–6/26/12–Photo: Jonathan Wenk/Columbia

Abigail E. Disney Produces Documentary On Liberian Women’s Fight For Peace

Abigail DisneyAbigail E. Disney’s first film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” traces the journey of the Liberian women who united to end a bloody civil war and helped bring peace to their homeland in 2003. This remarkable documentary features Christian and Muslim mothers and grandmothers who came together to end the extreme brutality in their country.

The film will have its television premiere in Spring, 2011 as part of a mini-series produced by Abigail called “Women, War & Peace” on PBS’s Wide Angle.

To read more about this film and find out how to see it: Pray the Devil DVD

Pray the Devil Website

Question: Would you have the courage to march for the liberation of your country?