February 4, 2005: Headlines: COS - Benin: Documenteries: Personal Web Site: "Discovering Benin" temporarily sold out - What people are saying about the DVD

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Benin: Peace Corps Benin : The Peace Corps in Benin: January 27, 2005: Headlines: COS - Benin: Documentaries: Television: Personal Web Site: RPCV Chris Starace films five part, three hour documentary about life in Benin on DVD : February 4, 2005: Headlines: COS - Benin: Documenteries: Personal Web Site: "Discovering Benin" temporarily sold out - What people are saying about the DVD

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"Discovering Benin" temporarily sold out - What people are saying about the DVD

Discovering Benin temporarily sold out - What people are saying about the DVD

"Discovering Benin" temporarily sold out - What people are saying about the DVD

Due to the popularity of the DVD, as of 2/4/05 I do not have any more copies ready to ship. I will have more in one to two weeks. You may pay now or you can e-mail me to reserve a copy, and I'll let you know when I get more.

NTSC* copies are ready for release! The cost will is $25 for all five episodes (two DVD's) including shipping anywhere in the world. All profits will be donated to my friends in Benin who appeared in the video. They are desperately poor and your purchase of the DVD's will help them tremendously. I will make sure the money is used for education expenses or for health care needs.

To order a copy, pay with Pay Pal using your credit card or withdraw directly from your bank account. Send payments to my user ID which is the same as my e-mail address: cstarace@yahoo.com or use the "Buy Now Button".

You can mail me a check also. E-mail me and I'll give you my mailing address. When ordering be sure to give me your shipping address and which format you want: NTSC or PAL (see below for details)

Thanks for your interest and support!

What People are saying about "Discovering Benin"

"We got the Benin DVD and loved it. We watched the first three episodes last night. Great celebration and dance footage. Wonderful overview of businesses and a nice look at the market. Funny study of various toilets and Kaleta's music was very good too. Watching it made me feel like I was back in Benin, and it made me miss Benin. It was beautifully done and so real. Thank you very much for putting this together and making it available to us all." Annaliese Hausler-Akpovi (Benin PC 90 - 92, Benin English Teaching Fellow 92 - 95)

"Just wanted to let you know I received the Benin DVD's yesterday -- and although I had lots of "other stuff" to do last night - I couldn't stop watching and stayed up 'til midnight to see all five episodes! What a a wonderful documentary about these beautiful people and their culture. Of course, I loved seeing the Benin Basenji babies, and the other small glimpses of village dogs scattered throughout - but I really also enjoyed the "low key" commentary you provided, with such a personal perspective. Your admiration and respect for the people of Benin came through loud and clear, as did their mutual feelings for you. I can't wait to show parts of the video to my son (who's almost 13). His 7th grade class just finished a unit on slavery -- and those last scenes of the video ("The Point of No Return") are so poignant... I really enjoyed the music on the DVD's also. I will be ordering two more copies . Congratulations on this labor of love - and thank you for sharing it, too!" -Karla Schreiber-

"You did a really wonderful job with the DVD's. I was impressed by how realistic everything was. I already told a number of my friends and they are coming over to watch. I have a couple of friends that could use parts of it in classes. You really did a nice job!" Stephen Arbogast (RPCV Kétou '96-'98)

"By far the most intimate look into the Beninese culture I've seen"

Kori Hansen- Marlyn Productions

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When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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