SONS OF LWALA, winner of the NPT Human Spirit Award at the 2008 Nashville Film Festival, will get national attention on Friday night, January 30, 2009 when film principles Fred and Milton Ochieng’ will be named as the World News Person of the Week on the ABC Nightly News. Tune in between 5:45 pm and 6 p.m, EST to catch the segment.
SONS OF LWALA, which also captured the Audience Award for Best Documentary and the Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for best Feature Length Film at the Festival, tells the story of Vanderbilt University Medical School students Milton and Fred Ochieng’, two brothers from Kenya whose village sent them to America to become doctors. After losing both parents to AIDS, they are left with the heartbreaking task of returning home to finish the health clinic their father started before getting sick. Unable to raise enough money on their own, the brothers are joined by students, politicians and rock musicians who put on fundraising drives throughout the United States. SONS OF LWALA follows Milton and Fred on their incredible journey as they find a way, despite all odds, to open their village’s first hospital.