ON THE RISE 8 short films about equal rights and gender equality
by filmmakers from Sierra Leone (2016)

Slide - Mahzouba Maya Faal, The Gambia “In Africa, there are a lot of stories that don’t get told. And many voices that don’t get heard.”
Slide - Matilda Dogbatsey, Ghana “I don’t have a university degree. My WELTFILME certificate is my professional qualification.” Slide - G-Othello Zordyu, Liberia “In Liberia, there’s no major TV station, no local film industry and, above all, no educational opportunities for young people to learn film. I want to inform and train the next generation.” Slide - Luther N. Mafalleh, Liberia “WELTFILME gave me the confidence to do things
in my own way.”
Slide - Luther N. Mafalleh, Liberia “Film and television are such powerful tools for drawing
the public’s attention to
important social issues.”
Slide - Luther N. Mafalleh, Liberia “WELTFILME has opened doors
for me that I didn’t even know existed.”
Slide - Fatou Ndure, The Gambia “The first days of the workshop were such an amazing experience. There was so much to take in, so many things to learn.” Slide - Alex Asare, Ghana “WELTFILME — they’re just really good. They’re wonderful people. And they’ve got to keep doing this.” Slide - Alex Asare, Ghana “Most of the media focuses only on the ugly parts of Africa — on war and disasters. I want people to see the real Africa.” Slide - Matilda Dogbatsey, Ghana “My training with WELTFILME helped me, as a woman, to assert myself in a male-dominated profession.”

COME, I’LL SHOW YOU

THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

Although in most countries, the law guarantees equal rights, women face disadvantages almost everywhere — including in Sierra Leone, where they have a harder time accessing education and work opportunities. Here, violence against girls and women often goes without legal consequences. Even the media, controlled predominantly by men, rarely reports on these issues.

The ON THE RISE project brought together 24 young women and men for a two-week workshop in Makeni (Northern Province). In close dialogue, they searched out topics and stories and developed them into screenplays. At the same time, they explored the role of media in society.

Following this training, the participants created eight short films, which were shown on television and in a pop-up cinema tour throughout Sierra Leone with the goal of initiating a sustainable debate about gender equality.

COME, I’LL SHOW YOU

THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

Although in most countries, the law guarantees equal rights, women face disadvantages almost everywhere — including in Sierra Leone, where they have a harder time accessing education and work opportunities. Here, violence against girls and women often goes without legal consequences. Even the media, controlled predominantly by men, rarely reports on these issues.

The ON THE RISE project brought together 24 young women and men for a two-week workshop in Makeni (Northern Province). In close dialogue, they searched out topics and stories and developed them into screenplays. At the same time, they explored the role of media in society.

Following this training, the participants created eight short films, which were shown on television and in a pop-up cinema tour throughout Sierra Leone with the goal of initiating a sustainable debate about gender equality.

PARTNERS

WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM