Wow. It has been one year since we launched Within Broken Borders. (Not five years like the photo above says… that was just for fun). Anyways, it’s been a wonderful journey! We’ve done so much - went to the Middle East, made a film, screened it to over 1000 people, won best-documentary at a film festival, and much more. But let us say it now - we are nothing without your support, your talent, your voice, your leadership, you. So thanks. Thank you for making this past year the year that it was. Thank you for selflessly coming beside us to fight for justice.
Check out the interviews below to see a little of what the year has looked like for us.
Why did you start Within Broken Borders (WBB) and what did that starting process look like?
From Anna: In the summer of 2009, Joe and I started thinking about how we wanted to address the brokenness in this world. Over the year, we worked together to focus our ideas and decide on one issue. I’ve always been passionate about the Middle East and have been interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. So, I was excited to work with Joe and his passions to make other people aware of what was going on the region. With a lot of phone calls and Skype sessions, we finally created Within Broken Borders exactly a year ago.
From Joe: I was invited to go to the Middle East with Anna and her family to create a film about an issue that I knew very little about. Throughout the year, Anna and I talked with each other about what creating a film would look like and how we would get the word out about it. We initially decided to create Within Broken Borders as a host organization for the film. The starting process was hard. Within one month, we created a mission statement, a website, and a trailer for a film that we hadn’t started filming yet. We then launched Within Broken Borders to start getting the word out and to get others excited and involved.
How did Within Broken Borders change throughout the year?
From Anna: Well, originally, we thought we could address several issues around the world- one region of the world every year. Things changed when we got back from our Middle East trip. We were on information overload, so the idea of thinking about another huge project was over our heads. Instead, we came to a conclusion that we want to just focus on the Middle East. There are so many issues to address involving the Middle East alone, so that has become our concentration. Now, we both love the Middle East- the people, the culture, the food- and we cannot wait to go back.
From Joe: Oh dear. Like Anna said, our original idea for WBB was to create an organization that addressed several issues around the world. That is no longer the case. First, we are two college students. As much as I’d love to ditch school and take on these projects, it just wasn’t going to happen. Second, we feel like it is better to focus our energy and resources on one subject rather than three. There is a lot happening in Israel and Palestine and we want to be a part of that! We met some awesome people last summer and we hope to reconnect with them. So much more has changed in this past year but the biggest thing is that we want to keep searching for the hope that exists in the Middle East.
There you have it… Within Broken Borders. We hope to continue pursuing hope and fighting for justice in the years to come. But WBB is nothing without you. We mean that. Shoot us an email, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to hear from you.