1. The tiny village of Bisate, Rwanda, lies a spear’s throw from the Ugandan and Congo boarders, amidst the towering volcanoes of Central Africa...

    My sister arrived here in 2005 to launch and field direct a restoration project aimed at improving the worst performing health clinic in this region, a decrepit clinic serving 17,000 people and yet having no clean water, no electricity, no sanitation, no sterilization, no waste disposal, no sheets, blankets, or pillows, frequent drug outages, no doctors, no nurses with nursing-school training, black paint smeared over all windows for lack of curtains, sick bedded aside newborn, and no readily available food for patients or staff...

    Laura discovered a dim, dank, foul-smelling place in which young and old suffered, recovered, lived, and died, from or despite a complete lack of the most basic medical necessities and treatments. Laura would spend 3 years in this stunted environment, 3 years struggling to improve unimaginably chaotic conditions...

    Laura's brother, this filmmaker, has spent the last few years documenting every day of his sister's efforts...in 2010 her story finally will be told in the feature-length documentary film, Clinics Rising.

    A raw and intimate look inside the unfathomably deprived medical conditions that plague Africa's rural poor. ClinicsRising.com

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  2. In a rural corner of northwest Rwanda one vital little rainwater harvesting project is implemented by a stellar cast of organizations and individuals. Heading the initiative on the ground is environmental scientist Jean Pierre NSHIMYIMANA assisted by field director Laura Clauson and by two NGOs, DFGFI & WWHPS CCHIPS.

    The film combines miniDV footage (shot 24PA letterboxed on a DVX100 camera) and Super8mm film footage (shot using 64T Ektachrome & 200T Vision2). The filmmaker shot 400 hours of film & video and spent nearly 2 years on-site in order to capture these images. The wider story is slated to be released as a feature documentary film in mid 2010.

    Questions may be directed to the filmmaker at: seanclauson@hotmail.com

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Rwanda

Sean Clauson Plus

Various clips and teasers from an upcoming feature documentary entitled 'Starfish Chuckers'. One woman's personal 3- year odyssey to rebuild a pair of war-torn health clinics in rural Rwanda.

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