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When the young filmmakers returned home with hours and hours of unedited footage, Charlie called on his mom's friend, Gayle King, for advice. Gayle, who also happens to be Oprah's best friend, watched a rough cut of Ithuteng and offered Charlie some valuable tips.
Finally, Ithuteng was ready, and Gayle passed Mama Jackey's story on to Oprah. After seeing the film, Oprah decided she needed to meet Mama Jackey in person.