J-F gets up at 4am to go scout locations for his next doc. It’s about the slaves that are still in Africa near the Mali/Burkina border. White Touaregs own Black slaves and the slaves have no desire to be free. Interesting. The pictures he brings back later in the afternoon are amazing. That Canon 5D is a beast.
I have more meetings all afternoon still running about town on a scooter. Just as I get into the rhythm, it’s time to leave. J-F and I were laughing because we just met but it seemed like we’d known each other forever. That’s the great thing about travel, you can travel thousands of miles only to find the best friends that you’ve never met, yet. Sometimes there is no learning curve, it’s all so natural.
There were lots a good people here, Shivani, JoAnna, Christina, Richard, all the wonderful African filmmakers and the beautiful people of Burkina Faso. I guess it was worth all the trouble and chaos to come. So goodbye and thanx Burkina!
This should be the end of the story, credits rolling but WAIT! There’s more….
As I sit waiting in the Burkina airport, dying of thirst (I got rid of all my money so I cant buy anything and remember they don’t take Mastercard) guess who shows up and is on my flight and alone? My crush! Filmmaker Newton Aduwaka. Yes, that’s me dancing in the aisle! Does it get any better than this? It sure does...
We have a great conversation, exchange films and he buys me a drink. Life is good. Now you can roll credits as I drop the mic and walk off stage…