Waiting The alphabet as we know it in the West had an exciting trip through ancient times as it developed into the way we spell, read and learn today. The alphabet's path started in Egypt reached Palestine then spread by the sea-traveling Phoenicians who then introduced it to the Greeks.
In Egypt, Palestine and Greece parents sacrifice a lot so that their children will have the opportunity to gain undergraduate and even post graduate degrees at university. You might be surprised to learn that the teller of your bank in Egypt or Greece has an M.B.A. or a degree in Economy because of the shortage of jobs for the well educated
In Palestine the difficulty of schooling a child is quite different. The risks for a Palestinian child going to elementary school are hard to imagine so Ms Donna Baillie created a micro-documentary on the subject. Her film was shortlisted by the audience in the category Looking for Genius in the 2008 Babelgum Online Film Festival.
Her genius is the way she uses film to tell a dramatic story in only two minutes. The film takes hold of the audience immediately, carries them through the drama of several children's experience and leaves the viewers knowing they have been given information visually about a very important subject.
The title "Waiting" refers to the waiting and worry a mother feels when sending a child to school under such circumstances. Not an easy feeling to convey in only a few seconds but Ms Braille does it with great success. Here is a film appropriate for Channel One in U.S. schools to offer. It is short yet educational. Perhaps even a necessary film for our future leaders to view!
The microdocumentary Waiting can be found at http://www.babelgum.com. Search for Waiting.
or try this link http://www.babelgum.com/html/clip.php?clipId=112034 using copy and paste.
To read the Babelgum interview of Ms Donna Baillie go to the Babelgum Blog at http://www.babelgum.com/blog/ or to the Blog through the dedicated site at http://www.babelgum.com. You will find the interview in the older archives. It is titled: Human Rights on the BOFF 3/Waiting - Donna Baillie. Here you will also find a link to the UK newspaper The Independent on the topic and an extra quote from Ms Baillie!