The Dawn Of A New Day
What drives a wealthy man to sacrifice everything he has for others?
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Ryley Grunenwald has travelled through most of Africa as a filmmaker. After earning an honours degree specialising in Motion Picture she went on to win Golden Horn (SAFTA) and MNET EDiT awards. She is managing director of Marie-Vérité Films based in South Africa, which focuses on delivering engaging documentary content to the international market.
The idea for The Dawn of A New Day came in 2008 when Grunenwald decided to take a one-month volunteering 'holiday' on the Africa Mercy whilst it was providing free surgeries in West Africa. Her encounters with patients and being part of a community of 450 volunteers from over thirty countries who were paying-to-volunteer sparked her interest. "The filmmaker within me needed to tell the story. I was captivated by what compelled volunteers to offer years of service without any form of remuneration and interested to understand the complexities of the relationships they must have with the patients they help". She decided to return to the ship to film The Dawn of a New Day.