Open Your Eyes: Inside These Walls by Mackenzie Reiss

This got to be one of the most tangible and amazing examples I’ve ever seen of an idea blossoming to life. Anything is possible with a little ambition, determination, and hard work.

Two alums of Syracuse University, Terrance Smith & Mackenzie Reiss, are releasing a book of their eye-opening and lively experiences while researching life in areas of post-war, poverty stricken Kosovo. Specifically, Reiss gives her astonishing photographic accounts of living and interacting with families living in the orphanage city of Jetimorija. If you know anything about international relations, you would know that the political climate in southeastern Europe is a very intense situation. The Kosovo War of the late 1990s displaced thousands of Albanians, causing them to flee to Kosovo and thus increase tensions among bordering countries.

I’ve had the opportunity to read both Terrance and Mackenzie’s personal accounts from their adventure, and I must say that this is book is a realistic account of the adversity these families are facing due to the political environment of their homeland. It is clear they both walked away from this experience learning so much more about Kosovo, its people and of course, themselves.

If you are in the DC area, please come out and support Terrance and Mackenzie this Wednesday, May 23rd at the Syracuse University Greenberg House located at 2301 Calvert Street, N.W. from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

You can also order your copy of the book, Inside These walls here and learn more about  Simply Terrance Productions on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter and like their page on Facebook.

Thanks for supporting my Orange peeps, and congrats Terrance & Mackenzie! Great work 🙂


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