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Project of the Day: ‘After Spring’

Project of the Day: 'After Spring'

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After Spring

Tweetable Logline: Documentary about a Taekwondo school in a Syrian Refugee Camp.

Elevator Pitch: A South Korean humanitarian teaches the art of taekwondo to the Syrian children at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Through discipline, structure, and spirituality, Mr. Lee’s taekwondo school helps these displaced kids become empowered and find peace as they await their country’s future. 

This film will follow Charles, his students, and their families by documenting an intimate portrait, showing the diverse complications and challenges millions of people face as refugees.

Production Team:

Ellen Martinez – Director
Stephanie Ching – Producer
Jason Howell – Cinematographer
Frank Weiss – Cinematographer
Brian Kang – Translator

About the Production: We want to create an empowering and hopeful piece that accurately portrays the resilience of the Syrian people. By sharing these stories, we hope to highlight the human faces who are affected by the massive Syrian conflict, and not just the political side that often becomes the focus of media attention.

During our first production trip in March 2014 we met some amazing people and discovered an incredible story. However, we need more time with them to finish the film.

Current Status: Fundraising for Production

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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