How can an individual effect change and make society a little bit better? 36 filmmakers from Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia took up this question precisely in the MAKE A DIFFERENCE project.
In close cooperation with YMCA Ghana, these new filmmakers received training in screenwriting, camera work and film editing. They then produced six short films exploring social change. Through documentary and fiction, the participants tell their stories on issues like democracy, human rights, environmental justice, and entrepreneurship. The project is also part of a larger initiative to build a media centre and film school in Accra, where Ghanaian film instructors pass on their knowledge by teaching film courses for the YMCA Ghana.
The MAKE A DIFFERENCE films are available on DVD and have been shown on television and in pop-up cinema tours in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, and Togo. They have also received screenings at numerous festivals.