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.