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Colin & Kumar
Go to India
2 months. 3 friends. 2 cameras. 10
states. ? Bottles of sunscreen.
“the best way to predict our future is to invent it.”
This is a story about Positivity. Adventure. Discovery. Triumph.
Happiness. Global Connectedness. A story about three young
American college students setting out on a journey across India to
create a film about young people changing the world. A Headmaster.
A Dancer. A Banker. A Buddha Boy. An Inventor. (Just to name a
Through these interactions, we hope to discover what inspires these
individuals, what pushes them forward, and how they envision the
future of our world.
At the end of June, we will be departing from everything we hold
familiar and heading to India. We are traveling the length of the
country by train, car, rickshaw, and whatever other means necessary.
We have a hunch that the magical moments along the journey will be
the ones we never set out for, and the moments we could never have
planned. We bring with us a western conception of what makes a
hero. However, the people that we meet along the journey may not be
setting out to change the world, but are doing so through their
There is no knowing what will happen in these two months, or how
we will be changed by them. We invite you to join us for the journey.
Alex, Colin, and Kumar.
Babar. 17 years old. West Bengal.
Every afternoon, Babar - a poor student himself - holds free classes
for the young underprivileged students of his village. He has done so
for the last 8 years after he founded the school. He is the youngest
headmaster in the world, overseeing over 800 students. His school
provides not only provides education to hundreds of children, but also
hope, a sense of belonging and a feeling of self-worth.
monika. 15 years old. Calcutta.
Monika is a victim of human trafficking. She was living at the All
Bengal Womenʼs Union Shelter Home for 5 years before being invited
to a dance school. This is a girl who was suffering from depression
and feeling as if she had no purpose in life, and is now dreaming to
become a dance trainer and to use this future career option to bring
changes in other people's lives.
Ram. 18 years old. ?
There are people whose effect on society can only be measured by the way they
open our minds to dream. Ram is a boy, born in Nepal, whom many in Northern
India believe has reached enlightenment. He was discovered meditating
underneath a tree in 2005 in a remote jungle, reportedly forgoing food or water.
He sat there for 10 months, drawing millions of visitors. The Discovery Channel
did a segment around him. The commentator concluded: “After 96 hours of
filming, Ram has defied modern science by continuing his meditation and
Ram was last seen in 2008 in a village near Katmandu. His devotees believe he
attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India—the same place where
Siddartha Gautama attained enlightenment.
Ajay. 13 years old. delhi.
Ajay is on the right. He is a bank manager. He helps manage the
finances of street children in Delhi. We think he needs to do some
consulting for our own banking system.
Gyanesh & Manoj. 31 years old. Bihar.
Gyanesh and Manoj are Bihar natives, and met while at the
University of Virginia. They are the founders of Husk Power Systems.
They have provided power to over 50,000 rural villagers by a method
that utilizes discarded rice husks.
We will be giving notebooks to the people we meet along our
journey in India and asking them to document their thoughts
over a month long period. They will be provided with an
addressed envelope with paid postage. After we receive their
notebooks in the mail, we will be tying in the writing as a
narrative in our film. The idea is for each of these people to
tell their own stories. We received a donation of 250 custom-
made “Scout Books” from a company based in Portland,
Oregon called Pinball Publishing. (www.scoutbooks.com)
The film will be accompanied by an original soundtrack. Alex
will be composing a series of original songs, mixed with field
recordings compiled while in India.
In 20 days, over $4500 raised.
Search: “Alex, Colin, and Kumar Kickstarter”
20 years old.
Incoming junior, ford school of public policy.
Founder of tedxuofm.
A hopwood non-fiction Writing award Recipient.
21 years old.
2010 Graduate, screen arts and cultures, b.a.
Semester at sea alum, University of Virginia
20 years old.
Incoming senior, Economics & informatics.
Co-founder, community cars ann arbor.
Our executive producer:
Executive Director, Center for Global Health
University of Michigan
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