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Sharon Abella and her blog 1worldcinema report on the industry from New York and th emany festivals she is attending, she is a regular contributor to


"I am, because WE are"

Written and Produced by MADONNA!!! In a slightly nervous tone, and down to earth, non-eloquent manner, THE Madonna thanked everyone who attended and "The Tribeca Film Festival" for allowing her to present the film, as "it was distributed to other festivals, however, due to it's content, was not looked highly upon. I thank Jane Rosenthal and her risk taking behaviour. She's my kind of girl!!! I believe that the film is rewarding, creative and spiritual. I am grateful just to be standing up here and saying that." She went on to thank her crew that worked on the film, as they "tirelessly worked throughout the night sleeping on her couch, and admired the fact that they had worked on a lot of projects, and they were not there for the paycheck, they were there for the love of the film." Madonna thanked Michael Green, her agent, and the Director, Nathan Rissman. Nathan started off as Madonna's gardener, but as he put it, "Yes, I was the gardener, but look at me now! I thank Madonna as she believed in my abilities. She knew I could only be my best if she was her best, and I am grateful for the opportunity!"

The film is extremely well done and very moving. Madonna shared why she chose Malawi, "the warm heart of Africa", and how she actually didn't choose it, it chose her." She stated she received a call from a woman named Victoria from Malawi, who told her that there are 1 million children orphaned by AIDS, and that Madonna is a person with valuable resources who can make a difference, raise awarenesss, and make medications more available. Madonna honestly stated, "I was embarrassed, I didn't even know where Malawi was on a map, but learned a lot about it, myself and humanity."

Desmond Tutu stated, "those who ran away from persecution, they came to Africa". Bill Clinton mentioned that he loves Malawi, the second poorest nation in the world where most live on less than $1.00 a day, "because the people sing through their pain". In 1964, Malawi became independant from Britan, after 31 years of brutal dictatorship. Many, living in desperate conditions, who don't have the productivity or tools, often feel like victims, blaming everything else, often feeling a sense of entitlement, often feeling like their futures have been robbed, failing to do what they wanted to do in life, in a world that promised to help, but has not yet helped, however, always leaving everything in the hands of the lord.

Messages: "Know how interconnected we all are, empower people, go to the root of the problem, prevent the cycle, break the silence, don't judge and focus on change, don't do the same things over and over and get the same result, you can not change what you don't accept, you can only change what you accept, give hope and determination, you don't have to be rich to be good. I am responsible for my actions, the cause and effect principle, the world that spins out of control, technology is supposed to bring us closer, instead we are living lonelier lives, do we as New Yorker's or as a country have it wrong? They live with a sense of community and extended family, while if someone on your street had a loss, would you even know? Give jobs to people with HIV, stop the epidemic, the disease is taking the lives of the young men and women who are supposed to be developing Malawi. Invest, Help, Partnership, Create Jobs"!!!

The afterparty was held at "The Bowery Hotel", where "The Wallflowers" performed.

Remember you don't have to travel too far to help those in need. Although the poor in this nation often tend to be obese, poverty exists right here on this island.

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