Project Valasi in the spotlight

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Wahroonga, New South Wales

In 2013, 17 volunteers from Adventist Media Network (AMN) went on a fly‘n’build to a remote area of Solomon Islands.

I wanted to portray the harsh raw reality of the project while also showing the natural beauty of the environment we were working in.

HopeChannel has produced a 57-minute documentary, Project Valasi, about this mission trip. We caught up with director/producer Gilmore Tanabose to learn more about the documentary.

A R: How did Valasi change you? 

G T: I have experienced the power of God working in ways that I wouldn’t have seen had I not been part of the project. The team experienced tough travelling experiences that have made us thankful for daily blessings and resources we use and take for granted here. 

A R: What was involved in producing the documentary?

G T: Once the idea of filming a travelogue on the project was confirmed, there was a good amount of research and planning done. A suitable compact lightweight camera (Sony NX30P), appropriate accessories and additional gear was purchased that would suit the humid and unpredictable tropical Solomons climate I would be filming in. Growing up in the islands helped me understand and prepare well for those conditions. Pastor Lyle Southwell (director of the Discovery Centre at AMN) provided the commentary throughout the filming. Other team members added to it as well. I wanted to portray the harsh raw reality of the project while also showing the natural beauty of the environment we were working in. 
 


Gilmore Tanabose, director and producer of Project Valasi.


A R: If people don’t have HopeChannel is there anywhere else they can watch it?

G T: It is available to watch online on the HopeChannel website. The short web address is: <hop.ec/valasi>.

A R: Any final words for the viewers?

G T: For those who view the travelogue on HopeChannel TV or online, I hope you are inspired to go on a volunteer mission trip and experience being able to help serve those who are less fortunate. You don’t need to be a skilled carpenter or experienced builder to be effective on mission trips. You just need to be willing to serve in any way, capacity or form. Just like our team, you can learn new skills and experiences by being part of the project. You will be blessed. And the friendships you form with your team and the communities you serve during those mission trips will be lifelong.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Project Valasi.