Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Look to the Edge

I was watching a fascinating link that came across my Twitter feed today. It was a behind the scenes look at the making of the Documentary Rising from the Ashes. Anything about Rwanda catches my interest. Each layer of this unfolding story echoes with redemption.

The Director, T.C. Johnstone finished with, "...there was a moment that kind of told the story for me - in the dailies - here’s this peloton, this group of 19 riders, they’re screamin’ down the road, they pass this guy and he’s on an old bike, and I don’t think he even had shoes on, and the team comes by and this guy just starts barreling down and he comes in and they open up the peloton and in the edge of the frame - after I watched it two or three times - they let him in, and he gets there for just like, maybe like 20 seconds he can hang with these guys, then he pulls out and the peloton continues. But we didn’t shoot that! That’s the story.”

Help me see that story, please help me not miss it - the one on the edge of the frame.


Anonymous said...

cool story

Maureen said...

This looks like a wonderful movie.

What I see in that edge-of-the-frame moment is the recognition that anybody can do "it": rise from nothing, from the literal bottom, which is what Rwanda, epitomizing the loss of humanity, must do. It's a race to catch up, but it's not impossible. You have to want enough to realize the possibility.

Maureen said...

To me, that opening up in the peloton metaphorically represents the world opening to Rwanda, welcoming it back into the world of nations, giving it another chance. The guy on the old bike is the nation. He's got a ways to go yet.

Kathleen Overby said...

I agree Maureen. These things are possible. So much hope.

Louise Gallagher said...

I like Maureen's comments -- and I love the comment at the bottom of your post

-- Help me see that story, please help me not miss it - the one on the edge of the frame.

What a great way to live life, never missing the true stories on the edge of the frame.