WAYout believes in the power of media to change, inform and entertain. We offer free filmmaking facilities and training to enable street and disadvantaged young people to explore their talent and gain confidence and belief in themselves. We also offer training to a professional standard to those who want to work in media.
Many of our films have been in film festivals, won awards and been broadcast on BBC and CNN. We have trained people who now earn a living as filmmakers for broadcasters or as freelancers. We have made films for WaterAid, UNFAO, Street Child, Children in Crisis, Marie Stopes, Advocaid and other NGOs.
Films range from music promos to documentaries, short and feature length dramas to current affairs. Please visit our youtube for all our films –youtube
WaterAid Untapped campaign, that three of our filmmakers worked on, won Best Global Fundraising and Advocacy Campaign award. WAYout’s Josta Hopps, Susan Kargbo and Alusine Kamara were employed to make short films about the well being built, ‘how to’ films such as ‘How to Gut a Fish’ or ‘How to Dance Mende’ as well as supporting the villagers to take their own photographs. The campaign aimed to bring a picture of life in a small village called Tombuhuan to life for the funders. From Steve Melia, WaterAid Film Manager “We commissioned WAYout filmmakers to shoot and edit videos to tell the story of a small village getting access to clean water for the first time. WAYout also ran a successful participatory photography project with people in the village.
Advocaid’s Kolonko -WAYout made a film for Advocaid called Kolonko, which is about the abuse of sex workers and the poverty trap they find themselves in. It was launched this week and reviewed in the guardian
The Choice (trailer here ) is WAYout’s first feature film, released July 2018. We are delighted that it premiered at the ‘Out of Africa’ festival
The Choice is available on DVD. To buy a copy donate £10.00 (or more) using the mydonate button above or through paypal using firstname.lastname@example.org and email us at the same address to tell us you bought a copy with name and address.
We made numerous music videos and project songs. And produced an eight part series ‘The Vet’ for AYV TV.
“Say No To Early Sex” was in festivals carrying a strong message for girls and women.
The Way Film group is shooting a drama series, a soap, about street life. It will be entertaining but also a vehicle for issues like domestic violence, poverty and drug abuse.
Three WAYout members- Sinneh Sesay, Josta Hopps and Mohamed Kamara are making a series of short films for Street Child. So far 74 have been made.
We are making a documentary for Advocaid about the rights of sex workers.
The writers group are working on part 2 of “Damaged Heart”- a drama about rape and it’s consequences.
by Steven Tommy has just WON best documentary award at the Opin Yu Yi Human Rights festival 2014. Following the workshops on mental health issues, Steven made this dramatised documentary based on his own life.
WON best music video at Opin Yu Yi Human Rights festival 2014. Song by Thomas Wisdom Amara, aka Mr Wise and video by Gibrilla Kamara aka Gibo.
A short dramatised film by The Way Street group, on the theme -solutions to poverty. Made with the support of volunteer Brian McAndrew and just played in the Opin Yu Yi film festival 2014..
Prison is Not the Answer is a short animated film by Gibrilla Kamara, aka Gibo, and came out of the mental health workshops. It just played in the Human Rights festival Opin Yu Yi. It is the story of a man who loses his job and falls into depression and the drawings are by Ali K
Josta Hopp’s first feature film. It is the story of a young boy who is given a magic ring which enables him to see the future in his dreams. But is it a blessing or a curse?
Made by street youth and directed by Alimamy Kamara, The Way WON an award at the Opun Yu Yi Human Rights festival 2013. They have now formed The Way film group with 50 members and have made several more shorts.
WON best music video award at the Sierra Leone International Film Festival 2013.
WON best music video in the Sierra Leone International Film Festival 2012
Animation – examples of the animation done in a class run by Hannah Mcinerny who taught drawn and stop frame animation.
That’s Me– Wahid
Wo Dat Na Yu – Peepuls
Peace for Development is Artists for Peace latest track. WAYout volunteer Brian Mcandrew directed this for Wahid, Cee-Jay, Daddy Ash, Laurish and many more. Guest appearances from footballer Mohamed Kallon.
Internationally award winning Documentary about the music scene in Sierra Leone in 2007. Directed by Hazel Chandler, reporter Michael Chandler. Includes artists Wahid, Positive Crew, Alonzo
Street to Street Introduction
The first film in the Street to Street series introducing us to the six street youth communicating with schools in the UK as we follow their jouney off the streets and in to education. ‘a phenomenal insight’
Street to Street one year later an update on the 6 young people taking part in S2S one year on.
Life– Cee Jay
Girl an Egg-X-Luv and KC-Ville
Time to be Serious– Slash G
Love Case-Nice J and Sinbob
Broom and Basket-Alimamy Kamara and Josta Hopps. This was in the Opun Yu Yi Human Rights film festival in 2012
Majestic Records Anthem With the help of volunteer Daniel Hurley, this is a fun music clip for majectic records.
Trouser Trouble Written by Brian James, Trouser Trouble is one of the prize winners of the WAYout/Marie Stopes script writing competition to raise awareness on the subject of sexually transmitted diseases.
Bite What You Can Chew Written by Mohamed Sheriff the other winner of the WAYout/Marie Stopes competition. This is about long term family planning. Restless Development actors helped make the film
WAYout AYPAD Cultural Dancers A group of street girls come together to make the WAYout/AYPAD cultural dancers. Available for performances.
WAYout Christmas Concert December 2009 the African Gospel singers wowed the audience with their amazing singing and De Champ had them dancing in the aisles
Dark Night ex street youth Josta Hopps made this short documentary about his life supported by WAYout.
Fire in the Lungs Volunteer Daniel Hurley supported iEARN members to make this anti smoking short
Big Time Party a music clip by Chris C supported by WAYout
My Last Choice written by Josta Hopps this short drama looks at relationships affected by HIV. Shot with the support of WAYout
Blood Diamonds Song Moyamba School of Technology wrote a song about the blood diamonds for Rafi-ki. WAYout met with them in Freetown and recorded the song
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