A film by Kieran Hanson.
Shot in Sierra Leone.
WINNER Best Film by a Directer Under 30, XI Espiello International Ethnographic Documentary Festival 2013
WINNER Best Student Short Documentary, Manchester Film Festival 2012
NOMINATED Student Award, One World Media Awards 2012
THIRD PRIZE Debut Competition, Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology 2012
This was the final project for my Visual Anthropology MA degree course at the Granada Centre, University of Manchester.
A decade since Sierra Leone's devastating civil war, from the ashes rises a new dawn of creativity in audio-visual media. Inspired by Jean Rouch's ‘shared anthropology’ and ‘ethno-fiction’, Shooting Freetown follows three people forging their way in film and music in the nation's capital, facing the constant struggles with vision and resourcefulness. By incorporating collaborative video projects, their stories give a fresh image of post-war Freetown - presented to the world through their own lens.
Antropofest (Czech Rep.), Days of Ethnographic Film (Slovenia), African World Documentary Festival (Barbados, USA, Nigeria), African Film Festival Australia (Sydney & Melbourne), Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (Germany), Contro-Sguardi 2012 (Italy), Sierra Leone International Film Festival (Sierra Leone), Manchester Film Festival (UK), Reykjavik Shorts&Docs (Iceland), Trier Ethnographic Film Festival (Germany), VI Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology (Russia), Athens Ethnographic Film Festival (Greece) 32nd NAFA Film Festival (Norway), Rwanda Film Festival (Rwanda), International Anthropological Film Festival in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cambridge African Film Festival (UK), Espiello International Ethnographic Documentary Festival (Spain), Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival (UK), DocAnt 2013, Buenos Aires (Argentina)