AIAC contributor Anni Lyngskaer just posted this short video showcasing the rhythm of daily life in Sierra Leone, and the dancing talents of the country’s women. It’s a really nicely shot and edited clip, plus the incorporation of sounds corresponding to the action makes for an interesting audio visual experience. Great job Anni! About these ads
Kieran Hanson’s documentary “Shooting Freetown” is a short glimpse into the lives of various media creators in Freetown, Sierra Leone during July and August of 2011. I was in the city at the same time this was being filmed, and visited with some of the same people, so I have to say that Hanson did a great job of portraying what Freetown felt like this past rainy season.
I’ll take any excuse to post about football. Fifa, football’s world controlling body, announced the latest rankings for world football this week. Not surprising are the top five nations: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay and Portugal. We of course care about the African rankings. The African teams in the top 50 are: Cote d’Ivoire (no. 16, […]
This week, fifteen years ago, the rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down on a Las Vegas street. The combination of his personality–he was a “gifted storyteller“, an explosive personality and had an intensity that was unrivaled among most pop stars. As Robert Pierre writes on his blog at The Washington Post: “… Whatever he was […]
I saw this. Noted it and forgot about it. Then I was reminded by Afro Europe that last month the British writer of Sierra Leone descent, Aminatta Forna, was awarded the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her novel “The Memory of Love,” set in the country of her father. It is worth celebrating. In the […]
WeOwnTv is a nonprofit organization that works with film as a tool for social change. It was co-founded by the American filmmaker Banker White and Sierra Leonean musician Black Nature. During a visit to San Francisco in March, I interviewed the two co-founders, while they were working on new songs and film projects. Check out […]
Today, April 27, marks Sierra Leone’s 50th independence anniversary. The participants of We Own TV are getting in on the celebratory action by making short videos on various topics related to the idea of 50 years independence. For the above video they teamed up with the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars to see what people […]