In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim realities of poverty, hope for the future is dim, until renowned Kenyan actress Anne Wanjugu restores the children's spirit through the healing power of theater. But when an unexpected event puts their resilience to the test, it’s up to the children to draw on their strength, and glean lessons of faith, family, and the rising of the spirit without their mentor.
“On a trip to Kenya in March 2000 I met Anne Wanjugu. In 1994, Anne started an orphanage called Shangilia to rescue Nairobi’s street children. Our initial meeting inspired me to make a documentary film about her life and the children whose lives she was transforming through theater.
Anne died suddenly in 2002 but her legacy to heal through the arts continues in her absence. In December of 2007 twenty-five of the current orphans made their theatrical debut at The Kennedy Center, on Broadway, and in concert alongside Hugh Masekela and the late Odetta in New York City.
Anne taught me that compassion requires action and that with faith and hope anything is possible. Thank you for the opportunity to share the children’s story. They continue to inspire me with their courage.”