Here’s un update from Steven and the Team:
This will be my last email from Lake Volta. On 10th June – exactly two months ago – I arrived in Ghana to start the final pre-production for ‘Fisher of Kids’ – and yesterday our main film crew left the country already after completing the production on time.
The last weeks were very exceptional – we became witnesses of a warmhearted and very emotional nation saying ‘Goodbye’ to their deceased former president John Evans Atta Mills and on one of our last boat trips on Lake Volta just a few days back we encountered more child slaves than on any other day before – attached are pictures of a master and his three child slaves, all under the age of five!
For one of our final scenes which are set in New York City, we were not only lucky enough to find a perfect location nearby, but James Kofi Annan himself even confirmed to ‘play’ his own role!! After the shocking images from Lake Volta, it was simply amazing to meet the man who rescued several thousand child slaves from the Lake – and who will hopefully be able to continue his exceptional work with the help of our movie. Having the opportunity to talk to James and even shoot with him for one whole day was almost too good to be true and the perfect end of an incredible film production. Our conversations proved that nobody deserves this film more than James Kofi Annan himself – and that the issue of child slavery needs to be given much more attention on an international level.
I’m extremely satisfied with the outcome of the whole shooting and the last few days just confirmed that coming here was absolutely worth all the moskito bites, the many 15-hour bus journeys, all the sweat, the stomach problems, the long (and extremely hot) days and short nights, a painful scorpion bite and our lost camera equipment. As for the latter, I’d like to finish this email with one more sad – and also beautiful - story:
Two weeks back we were doing the underwater shots and at some point during the shooting the underwater camera was suddenly gone – we even attached it with a strap to the body of our Director of Photography but even this didn’t prevent this accident from happening. The most amazing thing, however, was that suddenly almost the whole fishing village came out and all the people helped us look for our camera. They even went diving with us but we still couldn’t find it. After two hours, they even used their boats and tried to cast their fishing nets in a huge circle around the place where we lost it – it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life to see how all these people were helping us! We were there until late at night and although we never found the camera, I wondered all the time how many people in our Western world would spend several hours at night in the cold water and even go out with their own boats over and over again – only to help some ‘tourists’ which they don’t even know in finding a camera which none of these African fishermen will ever be able to afford in their whole life!!
I still have goosebumps when I think about this day. In the next two weeks I’ll get some more cut-aways of the sunrise, sunset and the brutal fishing industry and then I’ll leave Ghana on 23rd August, too – with a wealth of beautiful and unforgettable experiences and the sad images of the hundreds of child slaves of Lake Volta in my mind…
All the very best – God bless you all!
As before, Steven has sent some pictures, too:
This film is going to be awesome!