||Third world children sing their old folk songs for the world to
the worst thing that happens to the unwanted children of the third
world is the loss of their voice; for it is such a lovely voice.
There is nothing quite so beautiful as the sounds of children
playing, children talking, children singing; in their own exotic
languages - and there is an amazing quality and variety of languages
out there in the world. "Owner Occupier - Songs of Hope from
Around the World"
documents the recording of a music CD of orphaned children from
around the third world singing their traditional folk songs in their
documentary appeals to a large audience: 1) Those who just like to
listen to children singing. 2) Those interested in the cultures and
traditional folk songs of exotic societies. 3) Those looking for
some insight into the conditions from the front lines of
globalization. 4) Entrepreneurs and adventurers who would be
interested in seeing how easy it is to use our current technology to
record and produce music.
this is a feel-good project combining art, politics, travel, and
technology. At each location there is a brief introduction into the
social / political situation; followed by a montage of the children
singing and interview / discussions of their lives, dreams, fears,
and interpretation of lyrics. The overall style is voyeuristic, with
perhaps a minimal amount of voice-over narrative to establish events
contrast, this film will demonstrate the difference between: 1) The
children's innocence and the adult's conflicts. 2) Poverty against
advanced technology. 3) The opposite effects of singing versus
arguing. 4) The different solutions provided between adults and
is a bias that this project intends to prove; which is that in these
remote third world places, discarded children have knowledge which
is very relevant to our way of life, that their cultures are still
very alive and vibrant, that they are perfectly capable of
understanding and using the latest technology, that we (being first
world adults) don't need to control and polish everything, and that
there is hope.
the people involved in telling the story are: The children, the
people working at the charities, the narrator and the crew. Together
we will demonstrate the desire to help one another; and the basic
need for companionship, feeling important, and belonging. This ought
to resonate with the audience perhaps even greater in North America
and Europe than anywhere else.
works are varied, as this exact project has not yet been realized. A
test music CD was recorded and produced by the narrator on a
previous trip to Thailand: "Owner Occupier - Songs of Hope from
Baan Unrak" (http://www.members.shaw.ca/OwnerOccupier).
Although the quality suffers from lack of time and equipment, it is
possible to get an idea of the harmonies and melodies that have the
potential of becoming hit songs. The lyrics, also available on the
website, provide an idea of the significance that these songs must
have on the people; and demonstrate a fantastic opportunity to start
a dialog with the children. There is also a very successful music CD
recently released by Bar None Records by the Langley Schools Music
Project called "Innocence and Despair" (http://www.keyofz.com/keyofz/langley).
This CD is now having a very successful run throughout North America
and Europe due to the same audience interest that this documentary
targets, and parallels the same state of mind: Let the children have
their voice, and don't try too hard to make it something that it's
is in the interest of said charity (NGO) as publicity (and perhaps
profits) from the CD will go to assist their cause. One of the most
vital factors is that the NGO have legal consent over the children;
this way we can be sure that the recordings and footage rightfully
belongs to us. Also, by using traditional folk songs in the public
domain the often difficult task of having to obtain legal
permissions can be avoided.
overall outlook is very promising. Hopefully, the charm and
innocence of the children and their folk songs will provide a rich
subject matter for the backdrop of the harsh realities and political
situations that they must deal with. The gentleness and kind
attitudes which prevail in these charities works like a beacon of
light in a dark tunnel; helping to show the way to generosity and
love. Any difficulties which the crew encounters with this kind of
travel; the lack of comfort, the pollution, the unpredictability and
danger of getting around, the thievery, the threat of violence - can
also be integrated to demonstrate what the children and the
charities have to deal with on an ongoing basis. The making of the
film itself is part of the story, so any possible hurdles or
hindrances will only enhance the film.
project is a win-win-win-win situation; we get to make a
documentary, the children get a taste of some well deserved
attention and recognition, the charity gets rewarded, and the
audience gets some insight into the wonders of the people that they
don't get to see on the 6 o'clock news.
expected audience is people of all ages (6+) with an interest in
music, politics, travel, and other cultures.
distribution outlets include US and European public television
stations, national cable outlets like The Learning Channel, or CNN,
the CBC, and the BBC. Other probable distribution to TV
networks in countries where Glickman travels. The CD’s will be
promoted and distributed in conjunction worldwide.
can afford to invest $2,000 of his own money in the project.
There is a strong possibility of finding music recording company to
co-produce. The NGO’s may also be able to provide assistance.
Other potential funding sources include one or more the above noted
broadcast outlets, foundations, investors, and donations.
Glickman will also investigate the possibility of enlisting a local
US PBS station as a presenting station.
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