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Opeka 350 482 Forest City Film Festival

Description: Pedro Opeka declined an opportunity to play professional soccer in his native Buenos Aires. He chose instead to become a missionary and live in one of the poorest countries in the world. The son of a bricklayer, he convinced destitute families living in Madagascar’s largest landfill that he could teach them how to build their own houses and, in the process, build their dignity. After 30 years of construction, fighting increasing poverty and political instability, Opeka has created a highly functional city within this dysfunctional African nation. His mission is to prepare the children he saves to one day save their own country.

SWO Connection: Director Cam Cowan was born in Petrolia, Ontario and spent his early years in London, Ontario.

Run Time: 89:00 min