Building Hope

Building HopeOVERVIEW

Country of Origin: USA
Running Time: 72 mins
Medium: Digital (1080i/24P HDV)
Rights: All Rights Available


Director: Turk Pipkin
Producer: Turk Pipkin, Matt Naylor
Executive Producer: Christy Pipkin
Editor: Molly Conway
Cast: Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai, Willie Nelson, Turk Pipkin
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


Audience Award - 2011 SXSW Film Festival
‘Turk Pipkin traces the building of the Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya with the moving Building Hope. The movie concludes with a rousing grand opening of the high school.’

-Austin American Statesman

‘Building Hope is an inspiring documentary that not only builds hope for the youth of Kenya, but also empowers people thousands of miles away to affect change through small yet significant contributions.’

- Slackerwood.com

The Nobelity Project – “Nine Ways to Change the World.”

– Esquire Magazine


Building Hope is an inspiring story of those who believe education shouldn’t end at the 8th grade. After rebuilding a rural Kenyan primary school, Turk Pipkin and The Nobelity Project agree to help build the area’s first high school - including the award-winning RainWater Court, a two-story classroom building, a library, science and computer labs, and high-efficiency kitchen.

An international design award from Architecture for Humanity funds the RainWater Court and a volunteer architect to build the soaring basketball court with rainwater collection and solar-powered purification. Meanwhile, a team of Kenyan architects and the local community design and build the group’s vision for a model high school that will provide real hope and opportunity to local teens for generations to come.

Through drought, flood, and fundraising challenges, Building Hope chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High, and the connection between a thousand people in the U.S. and an African community working to create a better future for their children. To viewers in the developed world, Building Hope shows how little it takes to make a big difference in the world. To the people of Mahiga, Kenya, the film is the living record of how they enlisted others to believe in their vision for a better future and brought it to pass.
The film is produced by The Nobelity Project, which works with Nobel laureates and other global leaders to advocate basic rights for every child. Building Hope features African Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and Wangari Maathai, and offers
insights on African development and youth empowerment from Auma Obama, half-sister of American President Barack Obama and a growing voice on a better way ahead for young people in the developing world.

The film’s almost miraculous conclusion is too good to not be true.