FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives

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Norangelys, Puerto Rico — Gracias a ti por proyectos con tan significativos para la sociedad.


Katya N., Bulgaria — I just saw your film on Lesotho and I am so inspired and thankful! While watching it, I couldn’t help but think of the gypsy kids here in Bulgaria—so similar is their reality and so similarly marginal their prospects in life! The music in your film, the music the people of Lesotho make… it is just beyond words. Thanks a lot! Such good work!


Richard L., Canada — This is my favorite short film I’ve seen all year. Congratulations to everyone involved! The production values are outstanding, and the message of the film is exceptionally humane and thoughtful. It’s a beautiful and important film. I feel everybody should see it!


Laura H., The Netherlands — I watched your film about Lesotho yesterday, and today I based my presentation to about 50 musician-activists on it. What a beautiful testament to creativity, art, and the power of people. Thank you so much for everything that you do!


Jeremy G., Solomon Islands — This film is super amazing and really inspired me. It brought me renewed hope that out of trash, there can be treasure. I also learned a lot from this film and it was an eye-opener for me. Great team effort!


Julie S., Vanuatu — This is how social change stays alive! Please meet the engaged people of Lesotho. The film maker Iara Lee’s now-famous crossroad approach—political, cultural, and environmental—remains faithful to her beliefs, never on the surface of things or invading. She has this way of seeing and showing talent and true engagement wherever she goes. Love her work!


Solo S., Papua New Guinea — I only learned about Lesotho last year. I was curious about African cultures and came across it. Great work with this film, Iara! From cinematography to sound design and music, I loved it. As a fellow artist, I found myself engaged by all the stories and I also thoroughly enjoyed the music. Great song choices. That bit with Siphiwe Nzima Nts’ekhe was something powerful.


Luisa M. — É tão bom tomar conhecimento através dos teus documentários dos fantásticos seres humanos e iniciativas que acontecem um pouco por todo o mundo, mesmos nos cantos mais surpreendentes. Bem-haja Lee Iara.


Stewart the Cyclist, Lesotho — This is good work! Really matches well with the title. Keep up the good work!


Berit A., Norway — I love this film! Your films give hope for a world with more love to the Earth and humans. It gives hope for the future, for a better world. In Norway, we have almost everything, but we don’t care about nature or people who need nature. The government has given over nature to industry.

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