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Documentary depicts life of Americans in Twin Falls during pandemic

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 20:32:04-04

TWIN FALLS — Scott Henderson, A documentary filmmaker, is making his way across the country, documenting Americans' experience living through COVID-19.

"But the question I ask is exploring how they felt and how they feel. When was that moment that COVID-19 became real, has it become real to them," Henerson said.

Project Tumbleweed is a documentary Henderson started after helping his son move out of college in Oregon. The documentary aims to tell the different stories of Americans living through the pandemic.

So far, Henderson has interviewed 24 people for the documentary, including hair salon owners, nurses, boutique owners, and many others.

"I think there are great lessons to learn from this and that's what I want to draw from this is from the perspective of people across different states in different situations, how did they react and what are they doing to overcome this," Henderson said.

Following the Transcontinental railroad and the Oregon Trail, Henderson ended up in Twin Falls. While in Twin Falls, Henderson had the opportunity to interview refugee Liayh Babayan, the owner of Ooh La La Boutique; her kids have also made and donated more than 13,000 masks nationwide during the pandemic.

"It's important that in a real-time crisis and uncertainty that I still have an opportunity with my children to make it a teachable moment," Babayan said.
Henderson's last stop on the trip will be in St. Louis, MO.

"So that everyone who watches it can apply some insight into their lives to understand what they need to do to overcome unexpected twists and turns that life brings us," Henderson said.

For more information on Project Tumbleweed, visit their website.