It’s been two months since the last post but life has been a whirlwind. I’ve traveled around the region and to the US for the South by South West music festival in Texas along side “The Paranoids”. Next month I head back to the states to deliver the graduation speech for Elon University’s Class of 2010, a humbling and big honor to be honest. I’m really proud that they chose me to speak 5 years into my professional career, thought i’d do it one day, but not this soon.
Anyways, i’ve been a bit more active on Immortal’s blog ( make sure you keep a constant eye on it) , slowly we are shaping what is hopefully going to be one of the freshest cultural/entertainment companies, focusing on film, photography and music in the region. Recently we got involved in a documentary film currently in progress focusing on the Jordan Valley and the efforts of two female radio hosts from the Jordan Valley to create change and improve the conditions there. So i’ll be editing “Voice of the Valley” this summer, should be fun editing a documentary again. It’s been a while since i cut “No Shoof Camera” directed by Jon Steele and produced by the Royal Film Commission of Jordan.
A couple of days ago I headed down to the Jordan Valley with Leila & Elspeth the co-directors of the film and followed them as they documented the work of Muneera, one of the radio hosts. I have to say it has been a while since i’ve visited this area of the country and it was a heavy visit. We got to meet two families who have been living in really hard conditions for a long time.
The first family we visited lived under a water canal that irrigates the farms in the area. The canal sometimes floods and last year their sheep drowned. The family consists of Fatima a 50 year old woman and her sick mother. They have been living here for 37 years, they live alone in a small shack and live off a small amount of welfare that is barely enough for the mother’s medication.
The second family we visited lived in a number of tents sheltered by a rocky formation up on one of the hills in the Jordan Valley. They have lived in these quarters for over 20 years now. The father has a heart problem, one of the kids has a disease in the nerves and none of the brothers work. I also got to meet the grandfather, and couldn’t resist asking him for a portrait. We shared a cup of tea and then left, on the road way back i couldn’t resist thinking of how lucky i am to have jumped on a project that will help raise awareness about the issues in the Jordan Valley and the monumental work both radio presenters have been putting into their community.