Monday, May 28, 2007
Jessica Kizorek
When Jessica Kizorek talks about Ghana, she says she makes a point not to talk about poverty or violence. Kizorek talks about farmers paid fair trade and educated women. This 26-year-old documentary filmmaker travels the globe to find good in places that she says are ordinarily perceived as anything but.

Kizorek has traveled to 55 countries on all seven continents. She finds that whether she is in Cambodia or Moldova, the human spirit is alive and strong. Donating frequent flyer miles and production time through her company Two Parrot Productions, Kizorek documents how Non-Government Organizations make a difference.

Whether she is telling stories about medical buildings for handicapped children in Romania or human trafficking education in Thailand, Kizorek illustrates the energy and compassion that exists in those countries. (Watch Kizorek in action in the field.) She proudly acts as a conduit for promoting the idea of "people helping people" worldwide. In the process, though, she says she takes pride in helping people herself and becoming another representation of the good she seeks.

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Nice to see someone focusing on the "good", instead of the bad. It is so easy to dwell on the negative about people, society, etc and forget that there is good in almost any situation. There are entire countries, races, religions, etc that are judged by the actions of a few and very few people stop to realize how many wonderful things can be associated to the same country, race, religion, etc.

I always try to find the positive in a person or situation, and try to teach my son the same thing. On his first day of middle school, he came home complaining about a teacher. I told him that he better start trying to find something positive about his teacher, or it was going to be a very long year. He started paying more attention to the good things, and quickly forgot about the bad. Not that there weren't still bad days, but they are alot easier to overcome, if you can find the positive and remember it when times are bad.
It is nice to look for the good in things, not enough people do that today. It is; however, dangerous to only show the good of something to people who might not know about the other side of the story. If you do this then you disprespect the plight of the people in the bad situations and nobody can help a situation if they don't know it exists.

You can help people that are in bad situations by drawing world attention. You need to do this, but continue to show them the good also. Many people are not drawn to action because they see nothing to gain. If they see the good with the bad then they see there is something to protect and/or save by taking action.
This is incredible work. It is insipring to see such a commitment to the world of sharing cultures outside of our own beaches. Bringing the message back and sharing the stories and increasing awareness of the work that are done by NGO's. Bravo!
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