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Michael Burke mike@woodstockfilmfestival.com (845) 679-4265

The Woodstock Film Festival Presents Street Journeys by Woodstock Filmmaker

"Prepare to be wowed." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Tracy Christian's inspirational story of Kenyan street children using the power of theatre to rise above a life of poverty screens Saturday, March 2 at 2:30pm at Upstate Films Woodstock.

(Woodstock, NY) February 5, 2013- The Woodstock Film Festival presents local filmmaker Tracy Christian's documentary Street Journeys at Upstate Films Woodstock on Saturday, March 2 at 2:30pm. Christian will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim realities of poverty, hope for the future is dim, until renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu restores the children's spirit through the healing power of theater. But when an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test, it’s up to the children to draw on their strength, and glean lessons of faith, family, and the rising of the spirit without their mentor.

The inspiring story of Anne Wanjugu and the former street children who reside at her home Shangilia Mtoto Wa Africa (Rejoice, Child of Africa) culminates in a triumphant journey from the makeshift stage of a small Nairobi church to the bright lights of Broadway.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone remarked, “An exhilarating documentary that speaks to the nurturing power of art…. Prepare to be wowed.”

"I once heard someone say, 'When you see somebody rise, it reminds you that rising is possible.' That was my experience with the street kids in Nairobi," said Christian who has lived in Woodstock since 2005. "I made this film because I wanted to bring to light a happy story out of Africa. The grim tale of the impoverished country and starving children has been told before. This is a film about triumph over adversity, hope over despair. We see the kids lift themselves up, and we’re lifted with them."

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/streetjourneys.php



About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.


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