Last Thursday I attended a screening of The Whole World Waiting at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. According to Sonya Tomlinson, who came up with the initial idea and organized it (and then with filmmaker David Meiklejohn made it), it's "a video suite of fifteen personal mythologies from students of The Telling Room's Young Writer's and Leader's Program." All the students are immigrants who moved to Maine from various countries and backgrounds and they each got to tell their unique story through writing and a 3 minute short film. It was sold out and there were people standing at the entrance trying to watch and a line down the street to get in. At several breaks between the short films, the students got up and answered questions from the audience. It's clear the work they're doing at The Telling room is so meaningful--the stories these students wrote about their experiences coming to Maine for the first time were courageous and graceful--and so many with spunk and humor! Sonya and David have created a powerful series of films and I feel like the future of Portland is exciting and ever-expanding knowing these teenagers are the next leaders. Yes, we are waiting for you! Check out the trailer on vimeo:
THE WHOLE WORLD WAITING
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