Cape Town - The former child soldier, José , is currently in France to see a emotionally charged short film about his life being screened at the CineSud film festival in France.
The short film, Run Jose, was originally created by Dave Meinert, and last year, it was selected to be screened at the festival.
As the director Meinert was invited to attend, but he felt it would be a pity if Jose, the star of the film, were not there as well. A crowd funding initiative was started on ThundaFund and within a short while enough had been generated to send Jose to France.
Luckily, however, an initiative, aptly called 'Fly José', was soon launched and people could contribute money to help get José to France to see the film screened.
Now, because of this initiative, José is walking the streets of France, and people seeing the film are able to personally meet the inspirational character they see on the silver screen.
Here he can be seen in front of the Eiffel Tower, thanking all the people who contributed to his trip abroad. More that 70 people made a donation to see José fly.
José has worked as a bouncer at bars for the last ten years, and is affectionately and well-known in Cape Town. He currently works at the popular hipster hang-out, The Power and the Glory in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.
Dave Meinert says about José that he has been amazed at how someone who has been exposed to so much violence can be so peaceful. He said he wanted to tell José’s story as simply as he could.
See the video here:
Run Jose from Dave Meinert on Vimeo.
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