This is a story about an amazing woman named Daisy Ogando who lives in Harlem. She is a simple person that goes about daily life without seeking much self-gratification. But one remarkable quality in her I couldn’t overlook, as we were sitting in her tiny hot apartment with a camera on her, was her faith in prayer. I was humbled by her unwavering belief that prayer can solve any problem. Prayer is a method for communicating with God that has existed since the time of Adam. Daisy is an example of how prayer really works in modern day.
To tell Daisy’s story, we decided to do a simple lifestyle doc about a woman who communicates with God. We followed her around the bustling neighborhood streets of Harlem, to the corner market, on a taxi ride, and up to her small box sized apartment. She lives a humble life, but is evidently loved by all as we ran into various neighbors who stopped to hug and kiss her. My favorite shot of the story came as we were leaving her apartment to pack up for the day. It began to rain and we had Daisy stand and hold out her hand and touch the falling drops from the sky. I think it served as a magnificent moment visually and as a metaphor for a woman who communicates with the Creator of the world by merely sticking out her hand and receiving drops of inspiration. I think to her, prayer is that kind of simple act.
What I learned was that some of the best moments in a story come unexpectedly, no matter how much you plan, and that is when you get to see God make his magic. You just have to turn the camera on.
Patrick Henry Parker