Fatou almost didn’t make it to the workshop at all. She had only learned that something like WELTFILME even existed a mere two days before the application deadline — by chance, from a friend’s WhatsApp status. She knew at once she had to seize the opportunity.
In The Gambia, Fatou studies architecture, but it isn’t her great passion. “I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker, ever since I was a child,” she explains. But her home country offered no such opportunity; there are no film schools in the West African nation of The Gambia.
Thanks to WELTFILME and the MAKE A DIFFERENCE project, Fatou is a bit closer to her dream career. She has high praise for the programme: “Rogier and Frank are amazing teachers. They taught us three years’ worth of film school in two days.”
On a personal level, participating in the multi-week workshop in Ghana was something very special for Fatou. This emerging filmmaker returns to The Gambia not only with a great deal of new knowledge about cinematography, editing, and screenwriting, but also with friendships that transcend national borders. “I feel like I’ve found a family,” she reflects. And hopefully, she says, she’ll be able to return next year — maybe even as a trainer herself.