WAYout met Alimamy Kamara at iEARN where he was attending IT classes. He quickly took to video and attended WAYouts documentary, scriptwriting, editing, animation and photoshop courses. He made a short documentary called ‘Broom and Basket‘ about the street children who lived just outside his front door. ‘Broom and Basket’ was in the International Sierra Leone Film Festival. A year later, when Alimamy asked to make a follow up documentary, we sat down with the street kids and talked about whether they wanted to do that but they didn’t. They had big ambitions to make a thriller and ‘The Way‘ was born. Alimamy found himself trying to direct a drama starring young people who got arrested, lost their only set of clothes, got beaten up or disappeared causing massive continuity problems, frustrations and stress. But somehow he stuck at it and ‘The Way’ was not only finished, it won an award in the Opun Yu Yi International Human Rights Festival.
From there The Way film group grew to 50 members, all street youth, 10 of them girls/young women. Alimamy has shown extraordinary dedication and patience and has worked as a volunteer for 18 months now. The Way group is half way through shooting the next action packed drama, they have two other scripts ready and are shooting a short documentary about poverty for international competition ‘Solutions to Poverty’.
What is also notable about Alimamy is that he is always teaching. If he learns photoshop or editing then you can guarantee he will be teaching others as soon as the course is over. This is something WAYout encourages people to do but not everyone finds the time to do it. Alimamy still volunteers at iEARN and received a Certificate of Achievement from WAYout (top image) for his work with The Way street group.