PAMELA BOWMAN, MESA, ARIZONA, USA – In many ways , I imagine, this project is like any film project. You have a script, you have actors, you have sets and costumes and you have a crew. In more ways this project is not like any other film project.
The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. — Aristotle
In our situation we recognize that we represent much more than ourselves in this project. We realized from the beginning that what was being produced would reflect on MCC, Mesa, Arizona and the USA. At the same time MCC has respected the rights of the Zambian writer to tell his story in the way that best represents his culture. It is a deep, mutual respect. It is honorable.
This project is unique because as far as we know it has never occurred before. We do not know of any other junior college or even a four-year university that has provided funding for their students to go to a foreign country to help the citizens shoot their nation’s first film. As a result our crew recognizes our responsibility to do our professional best. We will represent what is noble and courageous about America.
This project has been funded in part by MCC. This project exemplifies an excellent use of funds earmarked for innovative student and faculty learning. Arizona is known for its artists and for supporting art. Arizona understands the educational benefits of art. Kent Seidel, PhD said, “There is ample evidence that the arts help students develop the attitudes, characteristics, and intellectual skills required to participate effectively in today’s society and economy. The arts teach self-discipline, reinforce self-esteem, and foster the thinking skills and creativity so valued in the workplace. They teach the importance of teamwork and cooperation. They demonstrate the direct connection between study, hard work, and high levels of achievement.” When you consider the artistic contribution Arizona is known for, it is not surprising that Arizona would be the initial state that supports such a project. We will represent what is creative and cooperative about America.
As citizens of the United States, we understand that some regions in the world view all Americans as greedy, self absorbed, lazy, power hungry individuals. We know this is not true and we have the opportunity to show the world another side of America. This project exemplifies the true spirit of American citizens. Our goals are selfless and altruistic. We will represent what is kind and generous about America.
We have a huge responsibility to ourselves. We are to learn all we can from this educational opportunity. We are to expand professionally through this momentous project. We are to grow personally from contributing and participating with the Zambians. We will represent the achievement that is possible when one commits oneself to service, leadership and global understanding.