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Gisborne Filmmaker, Polly Green’s latest film Soft Power Health, a short documentary film about professional kayaker Dr. Jessie Stone’s humanitarian aid efforts in Uganda, has just been announced as an official selection in the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in California.
Three years after the debut of her first short film, Nomads, filmmaker Polly Green returned to Uganda to follow the progress of Soft Power Health, the non-profit organization started by kayaker/doctor Jessie Stone. While Nomads profiled three women kayakers each with a different passion to help others, Green’s new film, aptly called Soft Power Health, explores in depth what Soft Power Health does today.
Green has cleverly integrated paddling shots and Nile river views throughout the film, but the focus is on the organizations work on land. Picking up where Nomads left off, Green shows the Soft Power Health clinic and several health outreach programs, including the incredible progress of the first one that Dr. Stone started, the malaria education and prevention program. With the rapid construction of the Silverback Dam on the Nile river, Green captures beautiful shots of what will soon be gone, something that all of us will be grateful to have forever.
The film recently won a special jury award at the Mammoth Mountain Film Festival, and was an official selection at The New York International Film Festival. The director of the New York Festival had this to say about the film,
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Anoo Cottoor, Executive Artistic Director, New York International Film Festival had this to say about the film; “What an incredible and inspiring documentary! Dr Jessie Stone should win a humanitarian award for her efforts. Dr Stone helps people in Uganda receive mosquito prevention sleeping nets to prevent malaria, contraceptive education and much more. Polly Green has done an excellent job with professional videography and editing as well as some amazing shots.
“Very informative and a must see documentary!””
Polly completed the film in June 2009 and is “ecstatic to be an official selection in the Big Bear Lake Film Festival.”
Polly is passionate about making inspiring films that leave the viewer feeling empowered and telling stories about people who are doing positive things in the world.