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May 27, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

To everyone who braved the rain in support of the Otsego County Relay for Life.

Organizers expected to be close to the event’s $90,000 fundraising goal by the time the final step was taken at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary.

About 350 people were signed up for the 16th annual overnight event on May 16 and 17.

The Organizers took steps to ensure the people who showed up for the event could be as comfortable as possible. The tent that normally held the survivors dinner was rearranged to make room for the several hundred people who were there for the opening ceremonies, and other events were moved into the tent as well.

We applaud everyone who donated their money and time to help raise funds to fight cancer.

 

To Roxbury-based filmmaker Roger Ross Williams for his latest work, “God Loves Uganda,” which was shown by the “Independent Lens” series on the Public Broadcasting System last week.

In 2012, he became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for producing and directing a film, short or feature. The winning entry was a documentary short, “Music by Prudence.” It examined the story of a disabled Zimbabwean singer, Prudence Mabhena, whose bandmates are also disabled.

“God Loves Uganda” was selected for entry last year by the Sundance Film Festival — one of only 16 documentaries to make the cut out of the about 15,000 submitted. The documentary raises questions about the role of faith in politics and connects the dots with the missionaries’ work and controversial legislation known as the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The film was shown earlier in the month at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival in Delhi, where Williams volunteered to participate in workshops aimed at inspiring young filmmakers from the region to further hone their talents.

It’s wonderful to see such talent in our area. We congratulate Williams on his accomplishments.

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