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My Students in China's Ellen Degeneres Inspirational Teacher Video
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This is the 2 minute inspirational teacher video from Keith Harris's students in China to Ellen Degeneres. Thank you Ellen for being the spark to help me inspire my students in this project. Ellen, We Love You~~
~Letter to Ellen Degeneres~

Dear Ellen, I have the most amazing students in China. I'm a New Yorker, and San Francisco Bay Area resident who 3 years ago left America to teach English in China. Before 3 years ago I'd never left America but in the last 3 years I’ve managed to travel to 26 different countries and taught English in China and Japan. I've always tried to inspire my students to dream beyond themselves and to show them that It doesn't matter how young or old you are but anyone can make the impossible possible. So I try to live by example and share my stories and successes with my kids in China. So the reason I'm writing you is this:

Christmas of last year, I was about to propose to my girlfriend, when suddenly our relationship came to a halt. I didn't know the reason but I wanted to make one last try to get her back, so I made a movie where I traveled to 8 different cities across China, Korea and Japan to propose to her. It was the first time I made a movie and I had no experience. I didn't know anything about movie making but because I loved her I was able to do something beyond myself and try to make the impossible possible like I always taught my students. October 5th 2016, that short film “8 Steps to I Love You” was nominated and won the award for “Best International Short Film” at the Glendale International Film Festival in Glendale, California and was screened at the Cinematic Arts Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. My first movie.

I always tell my students, when I was a kid I was the shyest boy on New York. My best friend said that I was scared of my own shadow but in the last few years I went from shy boy to learning Chinese, traveling the world, and becoming an award winning director overnight. It's like living a Cinderella fairytale.

So like many people around the world, my students are big fans of your show and in our Wechat group they encouraged me to try get on your show. I was reluctant at first because it's just as impossible as winning a film festival with no experience but then my kids reminded me of my own words, that together we can make the impossible possible. So because of them my students and I made this video for you, to say to you “Ellen we love you.”

My students all know I have aspirations to direct more movies one day but I’m just an English teacher. Still they believe in me and with that my students, Dilmurat who dreams of being an actor in Hollywood, Mewlanmuxter, who wants to be a singer, and Zack, who dreams of being a director like myself and also asked that I personally use his camera to shoot the video all worked together to create this video for you along with my other students and people around the world. I wanted to show my students that you don’t need to have a million dollar movie budget to make a video that matters. If my students are able to see their smiling faces on your show, I will have succeeded in my lesson to them, showing them, not only adults, but even children like themselves and anyone with a dream, can make the impossible possible. Because I dream of directing more movies and because of their belief in me, I’m going to go back to school and show my students that the teacher with a dream can also become a student like themselves and will study film and TV production in L.A. in January 2017. I truly want to show them that no matter what age you are, you’re never too young or too old to chase your dreams. So with that, I present to you this video titled “Ellen, We Love You”. Thank you.
----Keith Orlando Harris’s English Class

亲爱的艾伦:
你好。
在中国,我有一群超棒的学生。我是一个纽约客,之前一直住在旧金山湾,直到3年前我离开了故乡到中国和日本去教英语。3年前的我从来没有离开过美国,但在过去的3年里我的足迹遍布全球26个不同的国家,
我一直鼓励我的学生们要超越自己的梦想,并告诉他们无论什么年纪,只要你们想去做,就能把不可能变成可能。所以我想先做个典范,希望能跟我在中国的学生们分享我的成功和故事。

因此,我写这封信给你的原因是:去年圣诞节,我正打算向我的中国女友求婚,但我们的关系却戛然而止了。我不知道是什么原因,但我想做最后的挽回。于是我为她拍了一部电影,我去到中国、韩国和日本八个不同的城市向她求婚。这是我第一次拍电影,没有任何经验。我对电影制作一无所知,但因为我对她的爱使我超越自我,让我把“不可能”变为“可能”,就像我总是教导我的学生那样。
而后,在2016年10月5日,我的那部电影《八步之遥 我爱你》获得了加利福尼亚,格伦代尔电影节最佳国际短片奖,并被“电影艺术”电影节提名,在洛杉矶首映。这是我人生中第一次拍电影。

我总是跟我的学生们讲,在纽约时孩童时代的我十分内向,害羞,不爱说话,我最好的朋友跟我说:“你活在了自己的影子里”但在过去的几年里,我从一个害羞的男孩到学习汉语,周游世界,再到一夜之间成为一名获奖导演。我的生活就像一部现代版的“灰姑娘”。

跟所有人一样,我的学生们也是你节目的忠实粉丝,在我们的微信群里他们鼓励我,觉得我应该试试看有没有机会上你的节目。一开始我很为难,因为我没有任何经验,就跟我之前参加电影节一样,觉得这是不可能的,但我的孩子们用我自己的话提醒了我,只要我们一起努力,就可以把不可能变为可能。因为他们,我做了这个视频,来对你说“艾伦,我们爱你~”

我的学生们都知道我立志要拍很多很多电影,但我目前只是个英语老师。但他们仍然相信我,他们也有着自己的梦想Dilmurat想去好莱坞当一名演员,Mewlanmuxter想成为一名歌手,而Zack和我一样想做导演,他还让我用他的相机来跟其他同学还有世界各地的朋友一起合作拍摄制作这部影片给你。我想告诉我的学生们,拍摄一部好的影片不一定都需要花费上百万的资金。如果我的学生们能在你的节目上看到自己的笑脸,那么我也算是成功的教会了他们一课,让他们看到无论是大人小孩还是其他什么人,只要敢想,就能把不可能变成可能。因为我想拍更多的电影,也因为他们对我的信任,我将在2017年一月份重新回到学校学习影视制作,我想告诉他们为了实现梦想,老师也可以重回学习变成向他们一样的学生,来给自己充电,学习更多知识让自己变得更充实。其实我最想告诉他们的就是,追逐梦想的心是没有年龄的限制的。
因此,我录了这段名为“艾伦,我们爱你”的视频,希望你能看到。
谢谢
—— 何凯的英语班
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