Director, Editor: Todd Crites
Director of Photography: Matt Peterson
This mini-documentary was shot to complement the launch of Tchicaya Missamou’s book, In the Shadow of Freedom. Born into the Congolese wilderness, Tchicaya became a child soldier at age 11. As a horrific civil war loomed across his country, Tchicaya began using his militia connections to ferry jewels, cash, computers, and white diplomats out of the country. By 17, he was rich. By 18, he was a hunted man, his house destroyed, his family brutalized in front of him by his own militia. By 19, he'd left behind everything he'd ever known, escaping to Europe and, eventually, to America. Incredibly, that was only the start of his journey. For this powerful piece, Matt won the 2010 Australian Cinematography State Bronze Award for TV Magazine, Lifestyle & Reality.