November 2011 was a big month for Hope North. Mary-Louise Parker, star of Showtime’s Weeds generously offered to bring Okello Sam, founder of Hope North, to New York City. This opportunity fortuitously coincided with the release of a new documentary about Hope North.
For those who don’t know, Hope North is a school for former child-soldiers and orphans in western Uganda. The new documentary about Hope North, entitled The Thing That Happened, was shot at the school in the fall of 2010. Directed by Andrew Walton with original score by Michael Rohatyn and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys; this film short has already received awards both from the Woodstock Film Festival and the United Nations Film Festival in San Francisco.
Mary-Louise Parker took special interest in the piece and decided to host a screening of her own at the Mandarin Oriental on Columbus Circle. A few of the attendees included Joy Stoddard from the Whole Planet Foundation, Mo Sacirbey from Diplomatically Incorrect, the actor, stylist, and designer, Phillip Bloch, Brooke Wall, the founder of The Wall Group, and Dinda Elliot, Global Affairs Editor for Condé Nast Traveler.