Two films produced by Kirk Bowman, professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, were featured on national television in Brazil on Canal Brasil. The films Guti & the Theater of Dreams and Movie Magic Motion are part of a series produced by Kirk Bowman and his team at Rise Up & Care, an international non-profit he co-founded.
“Guti & the Theater of Dreams” is a documentary about Guti Fraga, an individual who has dedicated 30 years to infuse arts, culture and professional theater training in the Rio favela of Vidigal. In a constant process of reinvention and innovation, Guti creates magic, purpose, and joy for waves of young people.
“Movie Magic Motion” is about Cinema Nosso, a film making school and production company that trains marginalized kids from Rio de Janeiro to pursue their dreams and become filmmakers. The documentary focuses on five filmmakers in one movie, inside another movie.
“Guti & the Theater of Dreams” and “Movie Magic Motion” were both shown at the Reimagine Film Festival during the Olympic Games of 2016 and used as teaching materials in 500 schools in Brazil.
Both of these films feature the role of organic intellectuals and community activists to transform communities and alter the trajectories of young people in marginalized communities of Rio de Janeiro. Rise Up & Care uses these films as a powerful medium for telling important stories and inspiring the world. It is the mission of Rise Up & Care to identify and build relationships with leaders of successful, passionate, and innovative non-profits in developing communities around the globe with at least five years of success.
Kirk Bowman founded Rise Up & Care with Jon Wilcox, CEO, and Director of California Republic Bank. Kirk Bowman is the Jon Wilcox Term Professor of Soccer and Global Politics in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He is currently working on several book projects, including one with Jon Wilcox on a new model of international non-profit organizations that maximizes efficiency and outcomes for young people.