Rosemary wanted to bring Ama Adhe to MVFF because she was a freedom fighter, and because she’d said to Rosemary, “I never know what effect this is having on people.” (This, of course, was all through translators.)
Rosemary “kind of made it a vow that if there was any way humanly possible, I would bring her so that she could see the effect.” She went to her donors and said, “I need to bring her. She can’t come coach. She needs first class. So, help me.” And they did. She continued: “I don’t think they have any idea how much it means to someone like me. A simple thank you doesn’t cut it. The gift that they give us to do the work we do is beyond imagination. And I don’t think that they fully understand what that means to an independent filmmaker.”
So true—and in supporting a filmmaker, there’s the ripple effect of all the lives that are touched. It’s like throwing a stone into the middle of a pond. Your aim may be true, and you may hit the middle of the pond. But the waves that come off it in terms of the lives and hearts that film stories can touch goes on and on and on and on and on. From the story of a woman from Tibet to the hearts of a group of school students at MVFF. The struggles, the Dharma, the understanding of truth. Much to give thanks for, this Thanksgiving.
Mill Valley Film Festival Director of Programming