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Soft Power Health a finalist at My Hero

Gisborne filmmaker Polly Green’s latest film, Soft Power Health, a short documentary about professional kayaker Dr. Jessie Stone’s humanitarian aid efforts in Uganda, has just been announced as a finalist in the My Hero Short Film Festival in Los Angeles, and is up for the Dan Eldon Activist Award.

Three years after the debut of her first short film, Nomads Wandering Women of the Whitewater Tribe, Polly returned to Uganda to follow the progress of Soft Power Health, the non-profit organization started by kayaker/doctor Jessie Stone.

Picking up where Nomads left off, Green shows the Soft Power Health clinic and several health outreach programs, including the incredible progress of the first one that Dr. Stone started, the malaria education and prevention program. With the rapid construction of the Silverback Dam on the Nile river, Green captures shots of what will soon be gone.

She completed the film in June and is “ecstatic to be a finalist in the My Hero Festival”. She plans on attending the Los Angeles festival on November 21. She’s previously won a third place at My Hero, for her last film Running for Water.

Nomads won several awards including Best Paddling Documentary (Reel Film Festival, Ontario, Canada), Best of the Fest in Social Action/Adventure (Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival), Activism Through Adventure Award (Boulder Adventure Film Festival) and Best documentary Action/Cut Short Film Competition (Studio City, California).

Clips from Polly’s films can be viewed at Flair Films.

Her next film will be about Maori carvers of the East Coast.