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Fundraising leads to filmmaking

By Janet Harron | Dec. 12, 2011

A year ago, Elena Fenrick was organizing a fundraiser for her second volunteer trip to Morocco. Now the tireless third-year political science student is preparing a screening of the film she worked on while in the North African country.

Two Coasts, One Ocean will be screened by the Global Citizenship Initiative on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Innovation Theatre in the Bruneau building (formerly the Inco Innovation Centre). Filmed on location in Rabat, Morocco, it initially follows international volunteers from Canada, the United States and Australia as they experience Morocco. The second half of the 30-minute film focuses on volunteer opportunities with international aspects here in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“The documentary really connects the global with the local. My own global experiences have led me to work with English as a Second Language students here in Canada,” said Ms. Fenrick.

The novice filmmaker, hopes to present Two Coasts, One Ocean to junior high students and community groups in the St. John’s area in order to showcase the cause for global citizenship. Ms. Fenrick ultimately aims for the film to be dispersed throughout North America with the help of her network of fellow volunteers from the non-governmental organization Cross Cultural Solutions.

“Though it’s not a professional film, I think it makes up for that with the content. Along with over 15 interviews, you’ll see the volunteers taking classes in Moroccan cuisine, Arabic and Islam, dancing to Gnawa music and travelling to the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira,” she said.

The screening of Two Coasts, One Ocean begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2012. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable food for the campus food bank.