Juliet Hutchings

Juliet Hutchings (World Peasants and Indigenous Organization - WPIO): Juliet’s passion for telling stories through film and video took her to the NGO Veronica’s Story, and then to Ethiopia where she documented how the international community is working to eradicate the AIDS virus and help orphans find safe, healthy homes. She worked on several documentaries during her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Juliet has also made an historical film about how children perceived the Communist regime in 1950s Central Europe, in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also made a short film about the nonprofit organization HIPS, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. At the time of her fellowship, Juliet was in her final year of an MFA program in film & electronic media at American University in Washington, DC. After her fellowship, Juliet wrote: “There are always benefits to these community connections: time and again, no matter who I talk with about my experiences in Africa, I hear the refrain, “It’s people like you who are helping people like me, one at a time, to understand what the world is like, and that there is a group out there (the pygmies) who are in deep danger and need assistance.”

OMG! Only 4 Substantive Weeks Left

24 Jul
Teeming Streets of Kampala

Life Lurks in the Rhythms of Kampala

So, I’ve had myself a nice, internal pep talk. I was starting to lag as I anticipated my last 4 weeks here in Africa. I went through a few phases. Apathy: “Eh, I’ve done what I can. I’ll just coast these last 4 weeks.” Frustration: “I wish I could do about 1000 more things. I haven’t done a thing to get the WPIO farther along than when I started two months ago.” Anger: “I hate this continent! I want a washing machine, hot water and a toilet that I can actually sit on!”

Now, just an hour or so after a private chat with myself, I am renewed, reinvigorated and aghast: I have only FOUR weeks left in Africa! Don’t blow this, Jules. How often will you have this kind of chance to work with such fascinating people, influence real social change AND have lived in an entirely foreign land? I am so grateful that these last 4 weeks will be packed with work, adventure and learning. I am headed to the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria this weekend for yet another perspective on this mighty continent. In two weeks, I will head to southwestern Uganda with Freddy and Pascal. We will meet and work with the pygmy tribes there to learn more about them (the documentary–finally!) and to help them access basic civic rights. After accomplishing this task, I will head to Murchison Falls, where I will get to fulfill a life-long dream: I will see African elephants, up close and personal, in their natural habitat. I expect to have an emotional experience that cannot, as of yet, be described.

Being in Africa is a true windfall. Not everyone gets to do this. Not everyone who does do this appreciates it. I do not want to leave here with any regrets. These last 4 weeks are crucial and ripe with possibility. So, indifference, annoyance and exasperation, be damned. Like the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) House that I am helping to construct for the WPIO, I have built a solid foundation for myself, these last 8 weeks, and will build something even stronger on it my final month here.

Freddy Beats the Drum of Life

Working toward equality for all.

Posted By Juliet Hutchings

Posted Jul 24th, 2008


  • Cantara

    September 21, 2009


    Hey. Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law.
    I am from Belarus and also am speaking English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Val called that she destroyed he was over singing to occur because she advocated about his lymph of cutting salt access towns.”

    With best wishes :(, Cantara.

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