Get Together Girls (2012)
The award winning documentary about the community project that has transformed the lives of a group of Kenyan former street girls.
The project Get Together Girls (GtoG) was created by Grace Orsolato in Ngong, a village in the mountains around Nairobi, Kenya, at Anita's Home, a Koinonia Community project for the marginalized children. The girls that live here (age 4-18) were taken out of the streets of Nairobi and most of them have been had a very difficult childhood. : begging for money, not having a place where to sleep, not having a family and often trying to run away not to be abused. In Anita's Home they attend formal school and grow up in a responsible and peaceful environment. Some of the girls though in the last two years have reached the full age and since the end of their school program, they have been home – reintegrated without the certainties of job opportunities.
Grace Orsolato met these girls during her experience as the responsible for the Amani Onlus Ngo volunteer camp at Anita's Home and in December 2009 she quit her daily administration job at the very established firm Pirelli to create a tailoring school for those girls that had finished the school program at Anita's Home. She brought all the sewing machines and the rest of the equipment to Kenya and had her friend, the Italian stylist Roberta Vincenzi, hosting a free tailoring course for nine selected girls. They learned the basics of the craft with great enthusiasm and have become the official creators of fashionable handmade clothes for women for Get Together Girls Collection.
For this documentary, the director Vanessa Crocini spent a month at Anita's Home (March/April 2011) following the girls of GtoG in their work schedule and in their daily activities to see how their lives have changed and what their approach to the job is. The camera has captured the connection between the girls and Grace and her capacity to associate with them like a mother/sister, as she is a strong pillar in their lives.
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