Running Time: 50 minutes
"Recommended Ryan's message is this- that with a great amount of effort and desire,
anything can be accomplished, and that everyone helping a little makes a difference. "
- Educational Media Reviews Online
-Featured in U.S.A. Today, Jan 11, 2005
-Best Documentary, East Lansing Children's Film Festival 2003
-Best Documentary, California Wine Country Film Festival 2003
-Chris Statuette for Best Social Issue Documentary, 2002 Chris Awards: The Columbus International Film & Video Festival
- Toronto Planet In Focus 2003
- Boston International Film Festival
When Ryan is 7, he comes home from school and asks his mother for $70
to help build a well in the remote community in Uganda where his pen pal, Jimmy, lives. Ryan does dishes, laundry and other chores
to raise the money. When he finds out that the actual cost to build the well is $2000,
he enlists friends and they work together to reach his goal.
This remarkable young boy will
eventually raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In this moving documentary we meet Ryan
and his family, neighbors and friends who help him raise
the money. We travel to Uganda and witness the meeting of
the two very special pen pals, and the inaugural pumping of
"Ryan's Well." At this extraordinary moment, Ryan realizes
that he has more friends in Uganda than just Jimmy. He has
won the hearts of the entire community, and changed their
Ryan's is a classic story of "the power
of one." This film shows first hand how one determined spirit,
regardless of age, can inspire an entire generation. (Also available in 25-minute version).