Mystics Say…

When the 2014-2015 cohort of AIF William J. Clinton Fellows arrived in India for orientation, back in September, we spent our first few days meticulously sorting out our paperwork to be legally registered at Delhi’s Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

While we fellows bonded throughout the experience, the AIF staff identified, correctly, that stress levels would be running high by the fourth day of FRRO registration attempts. In an uplifting turn of events, AIF planned and successfully orchestrated the first trip taken by an orientation class out of Delhi. We ventured up to to the region of Tehri, in Uttarakhand, by way of Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Our destination was the Ashram Paryavan Vidyalaya (APV) School of Holistic Education, set in the foothills of the Himalayas, where we spent three days witnessing the school’s pedagogy and taking in the local sights.

I had my camera and a recorder on me, so I had the good fortune of collaborating with the APV staff and their 2014-2015 Fellow, Charlotte, in order to make the following video for the school and its partner NGO. Enjoy!



Christopher has been creating visual media for the past decade and has spent the past two years producing content for clients in India. As an undergraduate student, Christopher directed and produced a number of short films, which were featured at film festivals, such as The 2011 Cannes International Film Festival's American Short Film Corner, the 20th Annual Reel Loud Film Festival, and The Green Screen Environmental Film Premiere. After graduating, Christopher spent six months as a videographer based out of Bangalore, where he collaborated with INKTalks and the Google-sponsored Next Billion Online Project. As a 2014-2015 AIF Clinton Fellow, Christopher was placed with Mummy Daddy Media in Delhi, where he produced online content for several clients, including Ritu Kumar, Brookings India, and the British Council. He also created a number of promotional videos for regional NGOs, like Hunnarshala in Bhuj, Gujarat, and Aarohi in Satoli, Uttarakhand.

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