Beth Murphy

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  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 20:13:10View | Delete

    The new educational DVD with added special features is available here:
    http://www.principlepictures.com/beyondbelief/educationaldvd.htm

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:30:47View | Delete

    Thank you so much for having me, Lisa – I’ve enjoyed our conversation, and would love to come back!

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:28:07View | Delete

    We’re also in production on WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS. Filming for this is being done in a conservative Afghan village, where an all girls’ school—the first in the village—is challenging centuries of conservative social tradition. this film is very much an outgrowth of BEYOND BELIEF, as Patti is the executive director of the organization that runs this all-girls’ school.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:26:33View | Delete

    I am in post-production on THE LIST. For the past 3 years we’ve been following the story of Kirk Johnson who led reconstruction teams for the U.S. government in Iraq. He returned home only to discover that his Iraqi friends and colleagues were being killed, kidnapped or forced into exile by radical militias… all because they worked for America trying to help rebuild their country. They’re now branded as “traitors” and “collaborators with the enemy” – and targeted for death. He starts keeping a list of Iraqis who are in danger,and one-by-one tries to get them to safety. The film is his story, combined with those of the Iraqis on his list. THE LIST will be finished in June and will air on PBS in the fall/winter.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:22:48View | Delete

    The kids are all still very young – Ben is the oldest at 13. There is a kindness and generosity of spirit that they all have that no doubt will be used for doing good in our world.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:19:07View | Delete

    The soccer balls the Afghan widows stitch are beginning to be exported under the brand Dosti. (The Dosti Soccer tagline is: PEACE Play it Forward http://www.dostisoccer.com/) . To date, this project employs 633 illiterate Afghan women and is run by another great organization – BPeace.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:16:51View | Delete

    It’s true- the potential is enormous. Here’s a manufacturing story I think you’ll like. Susan is supporting a program in which widows make soccer balls. Her son Ben is an avid soccer player (just like his dad, David, who was killed on 9/11). Ben and some of his soccer buddies started an organization that buys the soccer balls made by Afghan widows and distributes them to kids in Haiti.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:09:25View | Delete

    Educating girls in developing countries is seen as the number one way to lift women and countries out of poverty. Educating girls and helping to make women financially independent helps communities, not individuals. And education is key to the programs that Beyond the 11th supports. For example, a rug weaving program run by ARZU that Susan supports makes participating women sign a contract: there can be no child labor, all the children must go to school, and the whole family gets healthcare. In a country with the highest infant mortality rate – it says something that women participating in this program have never lost a child.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 18:02:00View | Delete

    We’ve shown the film in mosques, synagogues and churches – always with a wonderful response. I don’t hammer people over the head with this in the film, but — Susan is Jewish, Patti is Catholic, and the women in Afghanistan are Muslim. The message is there: we are more alike than we are different. As part of our 10th anniversary of 9/11 outreach, we are working with national faith-based groups to plan interfaith events in communities across the U.S.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:59:50View | Delete

    I have loved every second of working on this film. Thank you. Economic independence is something that the widows I met never could have imagined. Women in Afghanistan lose everything when their husbands died. There is no life insurance. All property goes to the husband’s family. If a widow remarries, she must leave her children with her in-laws. With financial independence comes power.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:54:50View | Delete

    There is no one in Afghanistan who isn’t touched in some personal way to the tragedies that define 40 years of war. Absolutely every single person we met had a story – the question isn’t Do they have a story? It’s – How horrific is the story?

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:53:24View | Delete

    This is something that I think about all the time – the idea of post-traumatic growth. At it’s most basic level it’s the resilience of the human spirit to make something good out of something bad.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:50:32View | Delete

    That was an incredible moment – the widows Clementina had been helping through her work – rose up and protested her kidnapping. It’s hard to image here, in a society where protests are commonplace, and anyone could participate. But in Afghanistan, widows are expected to be unseen, unheard. It was remarkable.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:48:11View | Delete

    It certainly does! I’m currently writing a book focused on lessons I’ve learned from people I’ve met during filming… lessons I’d like to share with Isabelle. Susan and Patti are, of course, included!

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:43:00View | Delete

    A big change for me is that I was not a mother when I traveled to Afghanistan for this filming. I was unable to relate to Susan and Patti in that way at that time. Now that I’m Isabelle’s mom, I feel an even greater connection to Susan and Patti and their mission.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:41:27View | Delete

    I’ve traveled to Afghanistan several times, and it’s a place where you can never really feel safe. That’s a given. Clementina’s kidnapping was a terrible shock – and we were so happy when she was released after about a month in captivity. We do our best with security – we dress appropriately, and keep a low profile by traveling with a small crew in local vehicles.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:36:15View | Delete

    I enjoy telling stories about people who inspire me, and it’s my hope that they inspire others.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:33:59View | Delete

    BEYOND BELIEF is a feature-length film, and we had a limited theatrical release in NYC and Boston. The film has since aired on the Sundance Channel.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:32:37View | Delete

    Principle Pictures is the company I started more than 10 years ago after working in radio and TV news. I’m committed to using the voice we have through media to amplify voices like Susan’s and Patti’s. We spend years working on our projects, and it’s important to me to care passionately about the story we’re telling and the people we’re introducing to viewers. I respect investigative journalism, and think there is enormous value to stories in which the director has an adversarial relationship with her subjects – but those aren’t the stories I’m interested in telling.

  • Beth Murphy commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Beyond Belief

    2011-03-14 17:29:29View | Delete

    The Beyond the 11th organization supports widows and their children at various levels – the chicken-rearing enterprise is aimed at women who have the least education and skill-set and are the poorest of the poor. But Susan wants to also help women receive training and even start their own businesses. To do that, she provides funding to other NGOs like ARZU and Women for Women International.

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