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Directed by
Ben Powell and Harry Lee

USA / 2018 / 86:49

World Premiere
Somali, English

Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
10/14/2018, 10:00AM
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/13/2018, 1:45PM

In SOMALILAND five teenagers hope to become the first from their post-war country to matriculate to U.S. universities. These students all hail from Abaarso School, a new American-run high school founded by a former hedge fund manager with no experience in education. Just as the young school begins to provide life-changing opportunities, elements of society begin conspiring against it leaving the students' dreams precariously hanging in the balance.
Ben Powell is a filmmaker and cinematographer from Washington D.C. He owns and operates Powell Media Concepts, a small media production company primarily focused on corporate and commercial work. Ben hails from a musical background and always seeks to bring the artistic qualities, musical pacing, and meaningful engagement from that discipline to all the projects he tackles. Harry Lee was born in Kaduna, Nigeria and has lived in five countries across three continents. He has a Master's in Education from Harvard University and Bachelor's degrees in Foreign Affairs and Psychology from the University of Virginia. He spent three years helping to build and lead Abaarso School in Somaliland and will soon return to the country to launch a new system of K-12 schools.
Executive Producer(s): Anand Desai, Blair Lee, Stephen Lee, Carolyn K. Dupuy, Bob Griendling, Karla Leavelle
Producer(s): Harry Lee, Kate Griendling
Director(s): Ben Powell and Harry Lee
Screenwriter(s): n/a
Cinematographer(s): Ben Powell, Harry Lee, Kate Griendling, Hayat Mohamed
Editor(s): Paul Docharty, Ben Powell
Composer(s)/Music: Will Bedford


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