Director of documentary on Kenyan AIDS orphanage speaks to UAB students

Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu” to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in a remote Kenyan village who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

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Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu" to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in the remote village of Mwingi in northeastern Kenya who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. When no one else would care for the children due to fear and stigma, the women opened their hearts and held out their hands to take them in. Drawn together in common purpose, they devoted themselves to ending the neglect and misery that are the orphans’ lives, understanding that while poverty can be crippling, it doesn’t have to be. Grigg, along with With My Own 2 Hands Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA, put their story on film. 

The filmmaker spent the day on campus and gave a class lecture to the Ethnography and Film class taught by Michele Forman. He was on hand for the screening and answered questions from students and community members across a wide range of issues. His talk focused as much on when not to take photos as when to take them. He detailed his philosophy of not taking the camera out of the bag on the first day in a place, and, instead, building a sense of friendship with community members. He also discussed his efforts to provide photos to community members who have never had their photographs taken by bringing a portable printer and taking family photos at no charge for those who want them.

The documentary has been nominated for a Webby Award. The screening and lecture were hosted by the Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights, the Department of Anthropology, the UAB Office of Service Learning, and the Media Studies Program.