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Thai tsunami survivors' filmed stories outlined at Kennedy Center lecture Sept. 14

Members of the Thai Film Fund, who spent their summer teaching photography, filmmaking and art to Tsunami survivors in Khao Lak, Thailand, will speak at a Global Awareness Lecture Wednesday, Sept. 14, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

During a two-month period, the Thai Film Fund taught photography to more than 64 schoolchildren, developing close to 2,000 photographs and logged more than 20 hours of raw footage for two documentaries.

In addition, a mobile story-telling booth conducted more than 130 interviews with Tsunami survivors that were then burned onto VCDs (the equivalent of DVDs in Thailand) and given to the interviewees.

The Thai Film Fund, formed in February, donated more than 2,100 hours of service helping Thai people tell their stories on camera.

The Thai Film Fund was founded in February of 2005 by three BYU undergraduates, namely Scott Christopherson, Chris Coy, and Andrew Coy. Christopherson, a film major in the Theater and Media Arts program, also has a minor in Asian studies and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thailand from 2000 to 2002.

In addition to the original three, many others have worked hard to make this project a reality, among them Rob Nyland, a recent graduate who has since matriculated in the communications graduate program at BYU.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on Kennedy Center events, visit kennedy.byu.edu.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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