LAHS Graduate Creates Documentary on Kenya

The public is invited to a free screening of “Education is Hope” about Kenya by William O’Donnell and Dylan Westfall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Reel Deal Theater. Courtesy/RD


Former Los Alamos High School student William O’Donnell, produces the film Education is Hope, tracing the impact of education in Kenya on students, their family, and their community.

There will be a free public screening at the Reel Deal Theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Education is Hope is a grassroots film that will transport you to a hard country where poverty and back-breaking labor can usually only be overcome by education. 

Taken for granted by many Americans, education for young Kenyans is an elusive goal, hindered by the day to day responsibilities of maturing children to help support their families through hard labor.

Dylan Westfall and William O’Donnell take you on a poignant journey through three lean months in Kenya.

While living, sleeping, and eating with the locals they document the hardships and beliefs held among many Kenyan’s that only education can lift the poor, diseased, and marginalized out of desperate circumstances.

In the film locals tell their stories, which illustrate that the hope of education is indeed warranted. It shows that those who complete high school and some form of higher education find opportunities that would otherwise be non-existent.

This work will open your eyes and hearts. Don’t miss this thoughtful film. Meet the Producers and Fredah, a Kenyan woman featured in the film. Reception to follow.

Special thanks to Los Alamos National Bank and many local donors for their support and to Holger Waschinski for his film editing.

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