Diane and her husband Willy work with the urban poor in Antipolo, Philippines. Her story tells of her friendship with a mother who lost her two children when Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) hit Manila in September 2009.
Diane’s first draft was written like a cold hard report… well, like a journalist. I asked her to tell the story through her eyes… what she saw, how she felt. When she allowed herself to feel, the story just came together. She shared her digital story with her friends including those in developed countries. They quickly sent financial help so the family could rebuild their home and lives. Diane did not share the story to ask for support. She just wanted to share what she was doing with her friends.
Another unexpected outcome of creating and sharing her digital story was when people began inviting her to share about her work among the poor.
Diane doesn’t feel comfortable with computers but she went on to create her second story. We are honoured to work with many, like Diane, who have zero or very little movie making skills to produce something that so authentic, moving and useful.
16-18 October 2009