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Putzel discusses making of Left Behind

Christof Putzel, Producer and Director

Christof Putzel produced and directed Left Behind, an award-winning documentary that explores the devastating impact of the AIDS pandemic on Kenya and its children.

Putzel, 23, received his B.A. in Psychology-based Human Relations and Film Studies from Connecticut College in 2002 and completed the 34-minute production the same year.

In the summer of 2000, he was awarded a fellowship from the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy to work in an orphanage for HIV-positive children in Nairobi, Kenya. During his stay and on a return trip in January 2001, he shot more than 40 hours of footage about the lives-and deaths-of AIDS victims, the roots of the disease in Kenya's slums and the struggle for survival of homeless children who lost their parents to AIDS. Putzel produced Left Behind in the Film Studies Workshop of Connecticut College as part of his Senior Independent Study with the assistance of an equipment grant from the college.

In July 2002, Putzel was hired by the National Press Foundation to make a documentary at the World AIDS Conference in Barcelona to help journalists from developing countries improve media coverage of the AIDS pandemic.

For the past year, Putzel has worked for an independent documentary production company in Washington, D.C.



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