January 8, 2013
Raising money takes work. Doing so barefoot adds a new dimension to the task. The documentary producers who filmed and made Back to Eden in Gettysburg say their new project is "Goshen." Mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 45), the Land of Goshen was occupied by the Hebrews from the time of Joseph to the Exodus.
According to filmmakers Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, "We view 'Goshen' as the next chapter to 'Back to Eden,' which has streamed online for free more than one million times in 150 countries since August 2011."
The new film will focus on several communities of the Tarahumara, an indigenous Native American tribe in Northwest Mexico in the remote depths of the Copper Canyon in the Sierra Occidental Region.
"We're focusing on them because they are a step ahead of most developed countries in their resistance to diabetes, cancer and heart disease," said Richardson.
Zentz added that, "Their resistance to these diseases is directly linked to the diet and active lifestyle of the Tarahumara (translated as foot runners and those who walk well...)."
"We're relating to the Tarahumara in our "How Long Can We BARE It?" campaign to raise $12,000 by going barefoot ourselves everywhere until we reach our goal for the trip," they said.
The filmmakers say they are scheduled to partner with Mexico Missions Aviation in March. The mission will fly them into inaccessible terrains to document various Tarahumara communities into which the mission has been transporting medical personnel for 10 years.
Between now and the end of January, the women are busy in California raising funds to finance the documentary. Their unique fundraising method has already generated 50 percent of the funding they need. It hasn't been easy.
"Going barefoot has been more challenging than we could have ever imagined," they said. "We have been unable to shop at some stores "no shoes, no service" restrictions. We've been embarrassed by peoples overall disapproval of us being barefoot in public. Even at home, it's uncomfortable cooking barefoot in an outdoor kitchen during freezing temperatures. The soles of our feet are callused and our toes are turning red from the cold weather but we are dedicated and enthusiastic about traveling to Mexico in March to document the Tarahumara way of life."
Anyone interested in helping the women can contribute on the international fundraising site www.indiegogo.com/goshenfilm or by sending a check to: From the Heart, with Goshen Film on the memo line, at 1455 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard, CA 93935.
Also, the women are posting a new video every day at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) highlighting their fund raising experiences at www.goshenfilm.com/barefoot.