In our last article we brought you the news that Ayi Jihu would be attending the Premiere screening of Fredi Kruga Film ‘If Only’. Ayi Jihu is a supporter of C.R.I.M.E (Creating Role Models in Media Enterprise).
Last night we were able to join Ayi Jihu at the Screening of ‘If Only’ (our review will follow this article) and report on the events of the night.
As we walked into 195 Piccadilly the first thing we noticed was the turn out. Hundreds of people where here to watch the screening of Fredi Kruga’s first feature. Not bad for an Ex Gang member turned Social leader and now writer, Director and Film Producer.
Among the guest where people from all walks of life, From Ex Gang Members to Social leaders, Members of the Cast, community workers and celebrities. Fredi Kruga’s movie had caught the interest of many.
Ayi Jihu Met with several members of the Cast and the press and media before the screening.
In fact such was the interest in Fredi’s Movie one screening was not enough. Instead two screenings had to be arranged to accommodate everyone.
Before the actual screening itself we were treated to a few words from the man himself Fredi Kruga. Up until now he was hard to find such was the throng always surrounding him. Fredi Kruga is not a small man by the way. He spoke of his passion for this movie, his motivation and what he was trying to achieve with it and his organization C.R.I.M.E.
Fredi Kruga is an inspired man. He is a man on a mission. Perhaps it was his seeing in Ayi a kindred spirit that made him reach out the Ayi Jihu (The Fear Chaser) to join him on his quest to re-educate the youth going astray in Gangs and street violence. Perhaps losing 40 people he personally knew to street violence and gangs pushed him over the edge to make a change. Whatever it was you knew one thing when you listened to Fredi Kruga. He was serious!
We are also told that ‘If only’ is not just a film. It’s and educational and social tool that will be taken to schools, prisons and workshops all over the country. You will have to read our review (coming soon) to find out more about this film. Was it any good? However before you even go there if you are paying attention you will get a clue as to why this film is a little different to many that try to tackle the subject of Gang violence and street crime. If Only was not made just to exploit, or turn your head. It was not made to glorify commercialize Gangs and violence. It was made to tell the truth and teach. It was made by a man who has more experience of it than many who cry from the rooftops that they know about all of this stuff. ‘If Only’ was made to be real.
Throughout the film you could hear a pin drop. From start to finish (give or take moments when laughter, and yes there are some moments of humor in this film, were appropriate) everyone was completely involved in it. It was that type of film.
After the film Fredi Kruga found himself, Once again’ engulfed. Even more now everyone wanted to talk to Fredi Kruga, perhaps a little incredulous at what they had just seen. ‘If Only’ is not what you expect. It’s better than what you expected (Now there is a little clue huh?)
Ayi Jihu looked stunning as always in her Young Native ensemble by Angela DeMontigny, but the star of the night was Fredi Kruga. It seems he has gone from the stuff of nightmares to the stuff of Dreams.
Find out more about C.R.I.M.E and If Only here.
Find out more about Chinese Star Ayi Jihu here.
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In a classroom filled with young girls from all over the world, in Toronto, Canada a city and a country that prides itself on the mosaic of its immigration policy. A Chinese star found herself right at home as she looked into their excited, expecting eyes. For maybe the first time in her career Ayi Jihu found herself with an Audience of Ayi Jihu’s. Young girls from all over the world, Albania, Iran, Korea, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, etc who just like her find themselves in a new country at a young age and having to deal with all the problems that something like that can bring.
This was not just a get together to sign autographs, and promote a song. This was a serious mission. Ayi Jihu is working to combat Cyber bullying using her Fear Chaser persona, but today she added a twist by bringing Michael Jackson into the mix. Everyone knows Michael Jackson and after Ayi Jihu introduced herself to the young expecting eager girls she hits them with a chorus and verse from ‘You wanna be startin something’ One of Michael Jackson’s big hits from the best selling album of all time ‘Thriller’.
Ayi Jihu knows her audience indeed, because just like her the young girls in the audience are mesmerized by Michael Jackson and with their attention secured she goes on to ram home the message of bullying by explaining the lyrics of a song millions have listened to hundreds of times but do not truly understand.
If ever there was any doubt of the need for an Ayi Jihu in popular culture it was dispelled in this classroom. We live in a world now where Ayi Jihu’s are everywhere. Immigrants and expats trying to fit in in strange lands and in Ayi Jihu they see someone who understands what they are going through. Canada is advanced in its thinking of integration and understanding, opening its doors to people from all over the world. However to a lesser degree this classroom represents many major western cities and countries.
Keen to ram her message home Ayi keeps the attention of her now enthralled audience by showing the trailer of her Movie and Movement Fear Chaser. She is keen to get the point across that the bully as well as the bullied both are afraid and it is fear that is behind much of the new wave of bullying and cyber bullying that is plaguing schools across North America and the world. Social Websites have changed our world in many ways for the good, but they are a two edged sword that have left some young people thinking of nothing else but suicide.
In Ayi Jihu these young girls see someone who has overcome their problems and issues and succeeded. They see someone who they can believe in, and most importantly in Ayi they see someone who they can trust. Her story is their story.
There is a reason that Ayi Jihu has chosen Canada to initiate the telling of her story and to spread her message of fighting fear and bullying. Canada has one of the largest Chinese populations outside of China, a strong vibrant middle class Chinese community. Canada also has one of the most inclusive and forward thinking immigration policies in the Western world and where other countries are proud to see themselves as ‘The melting pot’ Canada is proud to see itself as the Mosaic.
As a woman of action representing A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc, Ayi Jihu is letting her actions once again speak louder than her words and her actions are making heads turn. Now Ayi Jihu stands on the brink of representing ‘Young Women on the Move’, an appointment that will see her working closely with the Canadian School board on a National level.
The little girl from Leibo, Sichuan China continues to surprise us all.
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit www.Ayijihu.com
For more information about A Celebration of Women Foundation inc check their website
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