‘Building Hope’


Poster for a documentary film directed by Turk Pipkin that chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High School in rural Kenya.

Pentagram has designed the poster for Building Hope, a film by Turk Pipkin that made its debut at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in 2011.

The documentary was produced by the Nobelity Project, a non-profit organization founded by Turk and his wife Christy Pipkin in 2006. After interviewing nine Nobel laureates, Turk directed his first documentary, Nobelity, a film about global problems such as energy, hunger, land mines and climate change. The Nobel laureates featured in that film included Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai, Ahmed Zewail, Steven Chu, Harold Varmus, Steven Weinberg, Muhammad Yunus, Amartya Sen, Jody Williams, Sir Joseph Rotblat and Richard Smalley. Turk then spent three years traveling to five continents and twenty countries filming a sequel, One Peace at a Time, which focused on solutions in the areas of water, nutrition, education, health care, opportunity, environment and peace.

Turk's third film, Building Hope, chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High School, in rural Kenya. In 2009, The Nobelity Project, in partnership with Architecture for Humanity, received an award from the Nike GameChangers Fund, an architectural grant to help build the school—the first high school in the area—and the award-winning Mahiga Rainwater Court, a basketball court and rain water collection facility that provides clean drinking water for the high school and the community. Through drought, flood, and fundraising challenges, Building Hope tells the story of the construction of Mahiga Hope High School, and the connection between a thousand people in the United States and a small African community working to create a better future for their children.

Watch the Building Hope trailer here.

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