Saturday, September 20, 2008

Vaccinators Documentary

Jill Vickers has produced a new movie about the Afghan Group 15 vaccinators. It was shown to the volunteers at the Fort Collins reunion in August, and will premiere officially on October 16 at Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, at 3:30 and 7:00.

70 minutes


"We walked in on weddings, on funerals - whatever was going on - and vaccinated everyone." Group 15 volunteers were members of Afghan male smallpox vaccinator teams in 1969 and 1970. The women's stories with their photographs bring that time of relative peace and prosperity to life. Travel with them to remote areas meeting incredible hospitality as well as open resistance to the vaccination program. The movie takes you behind the high compound walls to a place where people of completely different backgrounds could recognize one another in spite of their differences. In a world in which messages of hate travel faster than ever before, this is a message of understanding.

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