Prince Claus Fund
WAYout was delighted to be funded by the Prince Claus Fund to produce a series of films and music around the theme “Who Makes My Image?”.
“The films really illustrate the deep commitment of WAYOUT
to creating a better future for disadvantaged youth in Sierra Leone. The
topics addressed by the young filmmakers illustrate the difficult past and
present of these young people but also really show their resilience in a
beautiful way! Prejudice is challenged and a nuanced voice on complicated
matters such as female genital mutilation is given” Prince Claus Fund
The finished films can be seen here and are:
“After the Jungle” is the powerful and moving story of Nathaniel Sesay, aka Mash P, who was a child soldier for five years in Sierra Leone’s brutal conflict. Mash P returns to meet some of those from his past in order to make sense of his present. Mash P is a musician and WAYout member.
“Spirit” a film by George Wyndham who it is also about. George survived polio and the war and, against all odds, went on to become an international medal winner. He is heading for the 2016 paralympics. This documentary tells his story- from poverty to victory.
“FGM in Sierra Leone” was made by three female filmmakers and is about the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, which is very common in Sierra Leone. But the film is different in that it realises, to stop the practice, it has to be approached from a Human Rights point of view.
“Guys of Destiny” was made by Abdul Conteh aka Pido. Pido is a polio survivor who lives in a community of other disabled people. He is one of a band who dance and perform and aim to present positive images of disability in a culture where most would have to do street begging to survive.
One Culture is a short film about the five traditional musicians who took part in the project. Neneh, Alicious, Isata, Mustapha and One Man Geng aka Yalaba. These wide ranging artists, from various corners of Sierra Leone, range in age from 23 to 97. All but one had never before recorded their music. The CD that was produced is available for download from bandcamp
As part of the project filmmakers received training and access to facilities and continue to receive WAYout support.