Xoése, an ex-convict, just out of prison and with high hopes of starting life afresh, is met with hostility from her family and the community around her. Will she be drawn into crime, as society doesn’t offer her any other opportunities?
„XOÉSE“ is one of six films produced in 2018 as a part of „All on Board“ - a project by WELTFILME.org, YMCA Ghana, SLADEA, NAEAL and Xchange Perspectives e.V. With financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Bread for the World.
Issues of marginalisation cannot be overemphasised enough. A lot of people face discrimination in many forms that do not only rob them of their dreams but also stain the common decency of mankind and the rights that everyone should enjoy. During the project ALL ON BOARD young filmmakers from Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone were given both in-depth skills in filmmaking and deeper insights in the media’s role in society. As a result, six short films were produced that offer a front seat to the lives of people on the margins of society. These documentaries and feature films have but one goal: to challenge its audience - however big or small, affluent or regular - to stand up against discrimination and to offer unbridled support to society’s marginalised.
Young people make up the majority of the population in West Africa and a lot of them struggle to get education, training or employment - there are stories that need to be told.
The project ‘On the Move’ was designed exactly for that purpose. It brought together 32 aspiring filmmakers from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia and gave them in-depth skills in filmmaking and an understanding of the media’s role in society.
The participants then produced two fictional and two documentary films on the challenges young people face as they strive to eke out a living or realise their dreamy against all odds.
Even though in most countries gender equality is officially guaranteed by law, women are discriminated against virtually everywhere, including in Sierra Leone. In recent years, a number of laws have been passed in this West African country which improve the legal rights of women. Nevertheless, women continue to have a tough time of it, as these laws are not implemented with any kind of consistency: girls and women still struggle to gain access to education and work, they rarely have a right to express their views on social matters, and violent crimes against women often go uninvestigated. And these are just a few examples. Only rarely does the media report on these problems. This is largely because talking about such matters is taboo, but it is exacerbated by the fact most people working in the media are men.
Sierra Leone On the Rise aims to give women in Sierra Leone a voice. This film project started with a two-week workshop in Makeni (Northern Province), where 16 young women and men were given training on how to make films, and 8 people who had taken part in the previous project Sierra Leone On the Mend received advanced training. Participants exchanged experiences and together looked for cases and stories which seemed particularly significant to them. They then developed the scripts. Alongside this, they held in-depth discussions about the media: above all, the part it can play in addressing critical themes and finding solutions via social debate.
After the workshop, the participants produced 8 short films that were shown in Sierra Leone and beyond, at events, on TV, at festivals, always with the same goal: to allow an open discussion on gender equality. This project not only promoted plurality of opinion, and helped to make local people more media-savvy. It also paid for film equipment that will remain in Sierra Leone and allow further films to be made on relevant topics.
On the 7th November 2015, Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola-free. That seemed to suggest that the country could now move on, but the epidemic had left its mark everywhere: people’s faith in the health service and the authorities had been shaken; the virus had torn families and whole villages apart; friends became enemies, as fear of picking up the virus spread; suspicion was rife and ubiquitous, as was mourning, for the thousands who had succumbed to Ebola. The effects of the Ebola outbreak will be felt for a long time to come. In order to rebuild trust within the country, it is vital that people in Sierra Leone start to process the catastrophe and that they gear themselves up for a secure future – a future without Ebola.
The media project Sierra Leone on the Mend hopes to assist in this rebuilding. The first step was to organise a two-week workshop in Freetown, where 24 young Sierra Leoneans were given training on how to make films. They worked together on themes and stories that they felt were important, and then produced scripts. Alongside this, they were coached in Media for Peace, examining the role of media for positive social change and its practical applications from design to evaluation.
After the workshop, the participants produced eight short films. The films were shown in Sierra Leone and beyond: at events, on television, at festivals – always with the same goal: to heal the wounds inflicted by the epidemic by initiating an open public dialogue. The Sierra Leone on the Mend project not only promotes media-savviness and plurality of opinions. It also paid for film equipment which was left in Sierra Leone so that other films dealing with relevant topics can be made in future.
Since South Sudan became independent in July 2011, the country faces its «Zero Hour«. Despite of the challenging situation on the spot, it is particularly the young South Sudanese who are optimistic to guide their lives into a better future. But what exactly are they looking for and what issues are close to their hearts? Within the framework of the project JUBA YOUTH five South Sudanese filmmakers present local adolescents and their way of living both in fictional and documentary short films.
JUBA YOUTH is a project of WELTFILME e.V. It was implemented in cooperation with Xchange Perspectives e.V. in 2013 and financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Seit der Unabhängigkeit im Juli 2011 durchlebt der Südsudan seine «Stunde Null». Trotz der immensen Herausforderungen, vor denen der Staat steht, blicken vor allem die jungen Südsudanesen mit Zuversicht in die Zukunft. Im Kurzfilmprojekt JUBA YOUTH erzählen fünf südsudanesische (Nachwuchs-) Filmemacher über die Situation von Heranwachsenden in ihrem Land - von deren Wünschen, Zielen und Visionen, die sie mit dem jungen Staat verknüpfen.
JUBA YOUTH ist ein Projekt von WELTFILME e.V. Es wurde 2013 in Kooperation mit Xchange Perspectives e.V. durchgeführt und vom Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) finanziell gefördert.
Every year about 4.000 German adolescents work in organisations abroad participating in the weltwärts-programme, a volunteer service initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Within the framework of this programme, these young participants are enabled to gather experiences in new fields of activity and to learn about the international development cooperation in a very concrete way. During their stay abroad they also get acqainted with local ideas and methods which can be applied in other places, as well. In the framework of the project IDEEN TRANSFER the participants of the weltwärts-programme create short documentaries together with local film-makers and the inventors of the ideas in order to spread and share those innovations globally. WELTFILME coordinates the production of the films and their exploitation via public screenings, television broadcasting and the presentation on the internet.