October 13, 2015 | Small, Small Thing | Wilmington, DE
Tonight was a great start to my OSIP tour with “Small Small Thing” in adorable downtown Wilmington, DE. Hosted by the Light Up the Queen Foundation, we screened to a lovely and engaged audience at the Film Brothers Co-op. Film Brothers is a screening room, but also a gallery. Such a cute and warm environment.
I loved the audience! We sat down informally after the screening, drinking wine, eating cheese and the best grapes any of us had ever had.
We discussed the complex issues in the film, from the role of family in tribal Liberia, to accountability of NGOs when working abroad. I am always interested in how audiences respond to Bendu’s decisions in the film. She makes difficult choices as a mother, torn between her daughters care, and that of herself and other children.
I find many people ponder how they would react themselves if faced with such tough choices. It makes for great conversation.
A nice touch was an audience member from who’d spent a year in Liberia, and offered additional experiences.
I was touched by the reception, and the thoughtful questions. My film sparks a range of emotions, from anger and sadness, to hope. I love it when I can engage an audience and discuss ways to raise awareness of difficult issues. The ladies at LUQ did a stellar job at hosting! I’m looking forward to the rest of the journey.
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jessica Vale.