The One Who Builds has had an incredible year. We were so honored that the film screened as part of two different Martin Luther King Day celebrations and the Dialogue on Progressive Enlightenment Conference at NCA&T University. As 2013 began, the emails started rolling in and we were absolutely thrilled to be accepted into several festivals. Little did we know, our very first festival screening at the end of March would be all the way in Lagos, Nigeria. The iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival found our film by way of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival and we were notified of the screening only the day before! Incredible.
April followed with eight festival screenings around the US. We even took home the Best US/International Documentary Award at the Kansas City Film Fest. We were able to attend the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, amidst the chaos of our final semester of graduate school and it was wonderful to be included amongst so many wonderful films.
In June screened the film in Raleigh at the World Refugee Day celebration, were invited to the film portion of the National Black Theater Festival and took home Best Documentary Short at the Massachusetts International Film Festival. We capped the summer off with a screening at the North Carolina Refugee Conference in Wilmington, which was truly special as it was one of the first opportunities many of Dr. Omer’s colleagues around the state had to see the film. Our festival run concluded with my hometown festival, Cucalorus, in Wilmington, NC in November and it was so wonderful to go home again.
We are very pleased with the many opportunities the film was given to be screened this year. Our audiences were so diverse, and the response we received was often enthusiastic. It seems that Omer’s story speaks to many and we hope that it continues to be heard in 2014.