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So… Jean Bosco was a shy boy. He also was very calm. He showed up, shook hands, stuck around for awhile, filled his Jerry can and… took off.
Producing this reminded me what I liked best about the whole moment: his teenage coolness, his reservation to smile. I don’t think this comes across in the video, but he’s trying really hard not to show any emotion. I think it partly has to do with being a 17-year-old boy… when Esther met him only two years before, he was boyishly shy, but he at least grinned for the camera a few times. It partly has to do with what’s revered in that culture… when you’re a male, you’re either a child or a man (and once you’ve decided on the latter, you can’t let yourself ever resort to the former). So here’s Jean Bosco, keeping one hand in his pocket, standing with his weight to one side… he’s still bashful, yes, but also determined to be a cool guy.