Discussion in 'Tanzania' started by Amnat77, Mar 9, 2011.
~Ok this gentleman, his wife, and Umar Johnson are my heroes now...yep 2011 is getting off to a brilliant start...
Yes, it's a wonderful yet sad testimony. I first saw it on PBS.
From watching the documentary, i don't think him or his wife would classify their lives as ''sad''..when life serves you lemons, you make lemonade..
''evolve or die''
This was what I meant was "sad." >>>
The documentary was filmed several years ago, I hope his mother has been able to return again since then.....not being able to set foot in the U.S. when she dies, I'm sure they both cherish any opportunity to see each other.
I don't know if she's still alive now or not.
...His wife is free to return to the United States, but O'Neal rarely ventures far from their four-acre farm in this village 15 miles from Arusha, near the Kenyan border. His father died last year, and O'Neal was unable to attend the funeral in Missouri. He has not seen a daughter from his first marriage for 30 years....
...He and Charlotte raised their son and daughter in Tanzania, and both children went back to America - they live in the Kansas City area. But O'Neal remains....
http://www.uaacc.habari.co.tz/article on Pete O'Neal in Philidephia Enquiry.htm
Arusha shines at ZIFF
This was my third time participating in the ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries. It seems that each year the weather has gotten hotter and the events have gotten even better! This year was the eighth annual festival in Zanzibar and the theme was “Monsoons and Migration”.
Jakub Barua, this year’s festival director, put it well when discussing this years theme when he explained that “It is the yearly recurrence of monsoons that generate the winds that power our sails. Nature’s forces harnessed to the needs of humanity. Like the wind of the monsoons, freedom can never be shackled. And when we move, we do it to be free from or for. Freedom to be our own better selves – that is what the arts are for. So migrants we all are, wherever and whenever we transcend physical, mental or spiritual spaces.”
Charlotte Hill O'Neal
Charlotte Hill O'Neal UAACC Heal the Community Tour 2010
Yes the part about his mother is sad...but from what he says in the documentary, i didn't get the impression that he did not feel completely at home, especially at the end ...must be the writer's own interpretation of Mr O'neal's experience...
Well, after 38 years, I imagine he has had to resign himself to his reality and, obviously, has made the most of it in spite of any intermittent yearnings for Kansas City BBQ or jazz or seeing his family members in the U.S.
He and his wife have made great strides there, personally and socially; but I can empathize that the estrangement in their lives must hit them hard at times.
Great find Amnat, thanks for posting.
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