LIFE IN LOS PALOS

It’s hard to believe we have been in Timor Leste for almost 3 weeks.

It has been so challenging and so rewarding.
We arrived in Lospalos to total chaos. Nothing had been organised as promised and the key people were not talking to each other.
After much waiting around things started to shift.
Thankfully our Driver Aalto was a gem. He found us digs, shopped and cooked for us and gave us great cultural advice.
He is now off doing a tour with another group and I miss him terribly.
The young people were super keen to start the Media Training so Wayne and Sarah launched into it with great enthusiasm.
They are making a short film which will screen at a major launch here on Saturday the 30th of June.
It has been nothing short of miraculous the way it has all come together. The script has been written by the young people, the Director is West Timorese, sound is being done by a local as well and the star of the show has a Hollywood career coming up without doubt. He is awesome.
Today is pretty much the last day of filming and we needed a guy to play the grownup version of our Actor. While shopping last night Wayne and I found him. He had been living in Melbourne but is back in Lospalos with a thriving little business. He had also acted in Balibo. He also was sensational.
The stand out star was the crocodile that our Director, Charles, managed to conjure up by dangling a puppy over the river. The crocodile behaved perfectly and silently sunk down into the depths of the river right on cue.
While all the filming has been going on I have managed to negotiate a good outcome for the young people and the women regarding the building of a Centre. There will now be two centres, one for each group.
Building finally commenced yesterday. We have a great Indigenous carpenter working with us called Dale. He nearly had a heart attack watching the guys barefoot on the roof ripping off the old iron. He has been training them in the use of power tools. Quite challenging I can tell you.
I was able to buy tools nice and cheaply thanks to a crazy guy called Rocket I had met in the Hotel Esplanada. He is a carpenter and has lived here for 10 years. Quite a character I can tell you. If it were not for him I would still be in the various shops trying to explain what I needed.
Today is a big Fretilin Rally and Maleve and Elsa are speaking at it. They are both so charismatic and inspiring.
This blog would not be complete without mentioning Deb Salvagno. She has been here in Lospalos for 2 years and has achieved so much with the women weavers. I admire her stamina as conditions are quite difficult and relationships are highly complex. I actually don’t know how she has done it.
We will be posting the short film on our website so look out for it over the next couple of weeks.
I hear the weather is terrible in Melbourne. Every day here is perfection but I do miss our little farm and our beautiful dog not to mention my sons Jay and Sam and all my friends.
See you soon.

The time has come

What a wonderful thing it is when something or someone’s time has come.

I have been pondering time and have decided I cannot think of it in a linear way.

I have been married to Wayne for almost 40 years and it feels simultaneously like 5 mins and before time began.

We started a documentary with Brigitte Muir back in 1987 and it finally went to air on SBS in 2005. It took her a very long time to achieve her dream of climbing the highest peak on each continent and even longer for us to complete the film.

                                  Full documentary  “The Eighth Summit”  –  Producer: Anne Tindall

 

There are more important things than ambition and self interest. There is a wonderful alchemy between breaking through and a thing just simply flowing because the time is right.

I am so grateful for all the people who have contributed along the way to make Change the World a success thus far.

It is so important to give from a place of abundance and not from a place of striving and exhaustion.

I had to get my own life in order and find peace but also continue to break through with Change the World. In a word ALCHEMY!

I dare to believe…

“I  dare to believe that little old me can make a difference in the world. If I can do it…anyone can do it!”

Change the World founder and film producer Anne Tindall shares her vision for the company, the story to date and the journey still to come.

Change the World is working closely with a small community in Lospalos in Timor-Leste where the company has raised funds to build a much needed sustainability and cultural centre…to give the community a chance to make some money, create new jobs and help lift them out of the poverty cycle.

Change the World will then work around the globe undertaking similar projects in:

Nepal
Remote Australia
Africa
Haiti
Laos.

The plan is to produce an initial 6 part documentary series to be distributed globally, to share the vision and to encourage others to get off their butts and do something…anything to help make this world a better place!

Thoughts on Los Palos

I am sitting at home on the farm, contemplating our next trip to Timor Leste. We still need to raise the money to even get there but I know in my bones we are going.

I love it that the building of the Women’s and Youth Centre we raised over $20,000 for, is all set to commence in April. How wonderful to be there for the 8 weeks of construction to capture on film this huge achievement.

I have been hearing so much lately about all sorts of people doing incredible projects all over the globe.

I think what Change the World can really offer is the opportunity to show these giant leaps forward to an enormous audience through the power of film, be it on television, in cinemas, through travelling roadshows and online through our website and other channels.

We will really dig in and get the history of the places we go to, get to know the locals we are working alongside and hear their point of view about how they see the world.

We’ll explore their country from top to bottom and in the case of Timor Leste that has already been a truly amazing privilege.

In July last year I joined a women’s motorcycle and 4WD tour. I saw the countryside first hand. Both the beauty and the devastation. That is what motivated me to have the fundraiser once we got back to Melbourne.

It was not all beer and skittles, as they say. First I fell off my motorbike and hurt myself, ouch! Then I found I was retaining so much fluid I had basically doubled in size, not pretty! Then to add insult to injury my bed exploded one night during an ill conceived cuddling session with the hubby, again not pretty and ouch!

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Bye for now.

Anne x