ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL
KARL MAX ONCE SAID “NO INVESTIGATION, NO TALKING” BECAUSE THERE IS OR ARE NO EVIDENCE.
In the history of Liberia, there has always been a complained of in-equality, corruption, joblessness among others especially within the youthful communities. In the wake of all the numerous complained and in-order to prove the realities in the various claims, the Accountability Lab Liberia office chose to train young Liberians in the areas of film making & editing and documentary. One of the basic facts for this is to enable those who acquired the knowledge to use their talent to investigate and come out with facts/ evidence and to contact relevant authorities for way forward. In light of the above mentioned, the accountability Lab Liberia office hosted the world first accountability film festival. The films were done by students who went through five weeks of accountability film training and the showcase of this came to past on September 17, 2013 with more than 60 persons attending the festival. Accountability Lab partnered with iLab to have this day a success at iLab 20th street Sinkor office in Monrovia. The films by their titles and the realities in them, made participants to share tears and had made many of those who weakness the show to stage another program so as to enable many persons to see and develop different approach in solving the unaccountability problems in Liberia. The film festival served as an eye opener for donor, Liberians, other nationals living in Liberia and the world to see the actual problems of Liberia. The films did not only speak ordinarily but gave clear evidence of true situations in Liberia. Before now, people and institutions have been discussing Liberia without facts or proving evidence but Accountability film festival spoke to the heart, soul and minds Liberian. The turn out and the comments from the viewers of the film tells that Liberians have long been waiting for the way forward. Such a project according to comments from attendees should not only be limited to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia rather it needs to go to every corner of the Country . It should be one of the best priority in all of the civil society’s projects in the fight against corruption, in-equality, nepotism and other ills in the Liberian society. It is the best tools for building good governance not only in Liberia but in the world at large. This medium is not about attacking individuals rather the situations and because of the quality and the truthfulness that was presented during this festival, many individuals, civil society organizations and government officers are becoming conscious of what they do and what they say. In the eyes of an ordinary Liberians, it is like the messiah has come because the Accountability Lab film festival lay bare the true secret of how Liberia is been kept from development. It also made the citizens and other nationals residing in Liberia to see the unaccountability in the leaders of Liberia. Every other time they claimed more progress but the film festival has built even in the minds of donors the consciousness on how their funding have been miss-used in Liberia, viewers lamented.
NEXT STEP FOR FEMALE CAPACITY IN FILM MAKING/DOCUMENTARY
We at the Accountability Lab are grateful to be able to support young Liberian filmmakers, who we believe have great potential to mobilize their communities for change. We hope to work towards building a nation of accountable leaders who can use their power in responsible ways for the benefit of society. In this light, we have established a film school to empower young people with both documentary filmmaking skills as well as understanding of accountability issues. The school is focused on helping them to produce short, low-budget documentary films on accountability issues in their communities. In September, we hosted the country’s first Accountability Film Festival, at which Dorcas Pewee was awarded the People’s Choice Award for her film “Say It” on the sexual exploitation of women. We are now registering the Liberian Film Institute as an independent, Liberian-run organization to take this work forwards under the leadership of Divine Anderson. We would also like to let you know that we are launching a film school session in January, specifically for Liberian girls and women. Our goal is to empower women and girls to be self-reliant, give them a voice to share their stories, and to provide them with the tools to promote accountability in Liberia in a realistic and engaging way.