Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on August 14, 2008
I Am Because We Are is a film about pop star Madonna’s journey, which she embarked on to explore the effects of AIDS in Africa. Along the way, she stops to meet the people affected most, the children. As well as the leaders trying to make a difference in this forgotten part of the world. Some of the people in the film are former President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jeffrey Sachs, and Dr. Paul Farmer.
The funny thing is, when Madonna decided to take on this project, she didn’t have to look too hard (or too far, for that matter) to find the perfect director. She already had one in the family — and no, I don’t mean Guy Ritchie. I am talking about her nanny’s husband, Nathan Rissman. Madonna tells New York Magazine, “When Nathan showed up, it’s like, ‘Well, he just can’t hang around, he’s got to have a job.’ He would make QuickTime movies of my children and e-mail them to me when I was on trips. They were so clever. So, when this project came up, it just seemed like a no-brainer. He did everything from gardening to manning the camera for behind-the-scenes B-roll footage. Never did he say, ‘I’m not going to Starbucks — I’m too good for that.’”
Well, that is one way to break into filmmaking, marry Madonna’s nanny. Good for him and good for us, since this is a good film with an important message. Check it out, above and check out the official site at iambecauseweare.