"Hamlen’s [Krista Imbesi's] camerawork was engrossing and dynamic, giving the audience the chance to put themselves in Jinja and at the orphanage. A lot of her shots were framed at the height of the orphans, which really enhanced the viewer’s connection to the world of each child."
- SEAN BABINEAU, The Spectrum
“Krista is a very skilled cinematographer and has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about the construction of her story. It’s an interesting story on so many levels and it’s really a privilege to get to hear a different perspective.”
- CAROLYN TENNENT, Media Arts director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Where We Belong
Where We Belong is an hour long documentary that delves into orphan issues in Uganda, Africa. It conveys the inner workings of two orphan related non-profit organizations in Jinja, Uganda. Through interviews and observational footage, Where We Belong explores the relationships between Western and Ugandan workers, perspectives on domestic and international adoption, the daily life at an orphanage for children with disabilities and the influence of Western charities on the region.
Where We Belong premiered at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and screened at Parmer Cinema at Messiah College as part of their 2013 Humanities Symposium. It also won the Jury Prize at the 2014 DIY Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA and is an official selection at the
Flagship City International Film Festival in Erie, PA.
In May of 2012, a first cut of Where We Belong was screened at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center to a packed theater. A Q&A session followed, with riveting discussions on international adoption, how aid workers are percieved in developing countries, and how the film captures these themes through the cinematography and editing.
After some additional edits, a final cut of the film was completed in March 2013. John Ceglia and Dan Innes of Crosswater Digital Media, LLC in Buffalo, NY heard about the film and graciously volunteered their time to mix the audio. Where We Belong is currently in consideration at film festivals. I am also working on a discussion packet that can be used at screenings for groups that are interested in talking about some of the issues covered in the film.
One of the subjects of the documentary, Kelsey Neilsen (from Abide Family Center) has been screening Where We Belong in Uganda for some of the families who were in the film. On the left is a photo she took of one of the families they have been working with watching themselves in the film!