Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Ibrahim Sorie Sesay. Coming to the WeOwnTV program as an experienced director and writer in community theater, Ibrahim describes how he has already gained great value as an artist and is committed to continuing to learn and develop his skills. Filmmaking is a new medium in which to explore his stories and he is very much looking forward to this new endeavor.
Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Hanna Jimmy. Hanna proclaims her thankfulness for the assistance of WeOwnTV. She explains that although her home, the Kono district, is the leading supplier of materials—diamonds—support for education is neglected and they are ranked last in the country. Closing with a song, she sings; "Where will I be when the trumpet sounds;" alluding to the hope that new opportunity will enable her to be of greater value and service.
Meet WeOwnTV community liaison and mentor Mohamed Alie Kanu. Mohamed articulates the frustration of his county's people as they are faced with poverty and lack of opportunity. Passionately describing their desire to learn and contribute, he shares the challenges that they are facing. A job shortage continues to be challenging for families to be comfortable and productive when faced with such obstacles.
Having survived a difficult childhood that required him to steal to support himself and his aunt, Mustapha Brima now is a young man that believes he can serve as a positive example to youth in his country by sharing with them the skills that he learned to put himself on a positive track to his future. He works as a WeOwnTV mentor to teach young people new technologies and give them confidence in their self-expression.
Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Fatmata Mansaray. Her spirited voice is captivating as she shares that as a child the war brought her heartbreak and devastation. Witnessing the death of family members and the violent rape of her sister, she was taken captive by their attackers and forced into servitude as a rebel wife for six years, until she was able to escape. She is hopeful of the positive impact WeOwnTV can have on improving her life.
Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Salaymatu Sankoh. Salaymatu wants an education, but as a young woman in Sierra Leone she is faced with many obstacles. Her parents encourage her to leave school, wanting her to marry at a young age instead. Fleeing an arranged marriage, Salymatu takes ?refuge? on the streets. She now lives with her boyfriend and two children. Salymatu dreams of providing more opportunities for her own children than she was given.
Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Ibrahim Bangura. Cut from a personal video diary, Ibrahim relives a vivid childhood memory. With captivating oratory skills, Ibrahim describes the day he learned of his grandfather’s work as a priest for a traditional Sierra Leonean religion. This simple story captures a glimpse of the cultural complexity of today’s modern Africa.
Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker, Alluspa. Suddenly crippled as a child without the use of his legs, Alluspa describes the happiest day of his life the time when I found myself on crutches. Determined to not let his disability define him, Alluspa is a passionate advocate of community theater and storytelling. He believes through stories people are able to escape and imagine different outcomes than those they have experienced. As a result, they have the potential to better understand and to…
Introducing Tyson: Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Tyson. Tyson outlines the epic film making endeavor he accomplished in his village. First, he convinces his neighbors to invest in the production; then he writes a village movie, centered on culture and custom; and finally he directs the art production traditional African dress and the filming of a feature-length narrative film. He describes the pride his village takes in sharing in the film making process.
Meet WeOwnTV youth filmmaker Mariama Bah. With a distinct spark in her eye, Mariama tells of her dreams of being a world leader. She believes if she commits to her education and to moving beyond the hurts of war, her opportunities will be limitless. Having lost her mother to sickness and her father to rebel violence, young Mariama was left to fend for her survival and turned to prostitution. Recognizing the dangers she pulled away and dedicated herself to improving her life through…