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The Sun Rises in Anambra: Photography showcase, short film screening and fundraiser in North Park
UCSD Alumni based medical non profit partners with local film maker to host galleria and film exhibition at artisan styled North Park Barbershop.
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 27th, 2014) - RISE Global Health Initiative, an NGO founded by UCSD Pharmacy School grads commissioned local film maker and photographer to spread awareness and document their work in rural southern Nigeria.
In Nigeria epilepsy patients are associated with black magic, curses, and evil spirits. Come hear the story of a small group of UCSD grads who since graduating in 2011, have have facilitated dozens of volunteers to treat and teach and have provided training to over 200 local health professionals and provided treatment for over 1000 patients and manage a clinic in Nigeria.
Through powerful photography and documentary film, the goal was to bring viewers along to Nigeria, to understand the experience of an international volunteer, as well as the local conditions and the needs of people. The result is an eye opening exhibit showcasing the situation abroad in areas underserved with medical services and the potential impact for change.
Film and photography are powerful mediums to inspire action. Getting word out about the RISE Global Health Initiative which is grew right here in San Diego, was co-founded by a Nigerian Pharmacy student local to the region of the medical mission
too order to increase opportunity to interact with people who want to be part of positive change, whether it is to network, exchange knowledge, volunteer, or assist with financial support.
The exhibition will be on display from Wednesday March 26th through the end of April with an opening reception March 27th, from 6-8pm at Freshly Faded in North Park.
Jason Ilyas Curtis is a San Diego based film maker and published photographer who focuses on short form documentary storytelling for organizations that need to communicate their impact authentically.
“I very much enjoy capturing stories people who are passionate about what they do and sharing it with others that it might inspire them in the way it inspire me. I thought what better way to launch an awareness campaign than by showcasing powerful imagery and a compelling short film?”
His style is described as a gritty, dramatic, celebration of indie film that transmits a sense of honesty and authenticity. Working with RISE Global Health Initiative in the summer of 2013, he documented their mission to the rural southern Nigerian province of Anambra, Jason’s other recent photography publications include an article in “Chemistry World,” a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, “The Story of the Quran,” Wiley-Blackwell Publishing ltd, and “San Diego Unseen: An Urban Portrait,” Published by 3rd Space.
RISE Global Health Initiative was founded in 2011 by recent graduates of UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Focus on sustainable development through local capacity building to ensure the work done during their medical missions continues to bear fruit long after they return back to the comforts of home.
Freshly Faded, a new barbershop in North Park, an unconventional location for gallery event offers a hip rustic and industrial aesthetic that compliments and enhances the the images through it’s brick walls, metal piping and artisan wood seating. Because the gallery will continue to be displayed till the end of April, the barbershop visit experience will be transformed as patrons waiting for their appointments and while having their hair cuts will have plenty of visual stimuli to ponder on. What better opportunity is there for an artist to have his or her work consumed and internalized by the general public?
Hours: 6pm - 8pm
2850 El Cajon Bl, Suite 1 San Diego CA, 92104
RISE Global Health Initiative
Ilyas Curtis Film & Photoworks
Admission: Free, Suggested donation: $5