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WeOwnTV is 510c3 non-profit organization. OUR MISSION IS TO MANIFEST FILM AND MEDIA PROJECTS THAT EXPLORE OUR SHARED HUMANITY AND FOSTER AN APPRECIATION OF THE NATURAL WORLD. OUR MEDIA EDUCATION PROGRAM WORKS WITH FILMMAKERS FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND BALANCES INTENSIVE FILM PRODUCTION WITH IMPORTANT SKILLS TRAINING WHILE ENABLING YOUNG FILMMAKERS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES AND IDEAS WITH THE WORLD.

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"This phenomenon poses a direct challenge to water access in the dry season, particularly to inhabitants of the 74 infor...
03/12/2022
The view from Freetown, Sierra Leone

"This phenomenon poses a direct challenge to water access in the dry season, particularly to inhabitants of the 74 informal settlements in which up to 40 percent of Freetown’s occupants live. Beyond water access, this extreme heat significantly worsens air quality in the city, especially in conjunction with vehicle emissions and open dumping."

Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr shares examples of how African cities can implement climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.

Very proud to report that we have officially delivered the WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak collection to Emory ...
02/25/2022
"e;It will not go in vain"e;

Very proud to report that we have officially delivered the WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak collection to Emory University. In the coming weeks, I will have information on the public launch. Until that time I just want to express my gratitude to all of you who have supported the work to date and to everyone one on our team, from the translators to the camera crew, the interviewers, and the editorial staff.

A project report from WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak on GlobalGiving

Thank you all so much for your support of Fatimah Fateemah Dadzie's  Fati's Choice. This will be the final report for ou...
02/22/2022
Thank You!

Thank you all so much for your support of Fatimah Fateemah Dadzie's Fati's Choice. This will be the final report for our mini-fundraiser, but there is a lot to celebrate. Here is a list of festivals and awards the films has garnered s far; Dok Leipzig 2021 World Premiere, Nominations; International Competition Long Documentary, Film Prize Leipziger Ring, International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI Prize); Global Migration Film Festival 2021 Winner: Best Feature Documentary; Miradasdoc 2022, Nominations; Best First Documentary.

A project report from Fati's Choice on GlobalGiving

During the fellowship period, Lawrence also began a very personal project for which we have been thrilled to offer both ...
02/22/2022
Focus on Ghana

During the fellowship period, Lawrence also began a very personal project for which we have been thrilled to offer both support and guidance. Mfinfini: Somewhere In-between, a mixed genre project that explores Maternal Depression, a common but taboo subject in Ghana.

A project report from WeOwnTV Filmmaker Fellowship on GlobalGiving

We are so very proud of WeOwnTV Filmmaker Fellowship alum Fatimah Fateemah Dadzie and her film ‘Fati’s Choice’The film w...
02/15/2022
Fati’s Choice - theafricainstitute

We are so very proud of WeOwnTV Filmmaker Fellowship alum Fatimah Fateemah Dadzie and her film ‘Fati’s Choice’

The film will be streamed and freely available for viewing on @The Africa Institute website, between 14-16 February 2022.

On February 16th at 7:00 PM (GST), the three days of streaming will conclude with a webinar that brings Fatimah Dadzie, director of the film, into conversation with Idrissou Mora-Kpai, a filmmaker whose work explores themes of migration and diaspora in colonial and post-colonial African societies, and Carina Ray, a historian of Ghana and its diaspora. The speakers will discuss the variety of issues and themes raised by the film and its connection to the upcoming conference, Global Ghana: Sites of Departure/Sites of Return, that will take place in March at the Africa Institute.

The Africa Institute in Sharjah, presents Fati’s Choice (2021) directed by Fatimah Dadzie, a filmmaker and compelling storyteller who crafts stories about marginalized groups.

The UN’s food agency has warned that the “overexploitation” of fish in west Africa by the growing global fishmeal and fi...
02/10/2022
Fish oil and fishmeal industry harming food security in west Africa, warns UN

The UN’s food agency has warned that the “overexploitation” of fish in west Africa by the growing global fishmeal and fish oil industry is having a “considerably negative impact” on food security, undermining the ability of local communities to feed themselves.

Campaigners say the sector leads to overexploitation of stocks while pushing up prices and aggravating local unemployment

We have built on our experience during the 2014 Ebola crisis of developing a hybrid offering of education via radio, tel...
01/29/2022
Improving education via EdTech in Sierra Leone

We have built on our experience during the 2014 Ebola crisis of developing a hybrid offering of education via radio, television, mobile phone, the web, and print media to ensure children can learn wherever they are and with whatever they have. We have also used radio, mobile, and print media to give teachers access to professional development, and we have focused on teachers at the schools that are furthest behind.

In Sierra Leone, we are already up against a profound teaching and learning crisis in which a third of our education workforce has no formal training and four out of five children leave primary school without foundational skills

The heat and humidity of a mid-afternoon kick-off at the Japoma Stadium in Cameroon’s economic capital undoubtedly did n...
01/12/2022
AFCON: Underdogs Sierra Leone hold reigning champions Algeria

The heat and humidity of a mid-afternoon kick-off at the Japoma Stadium in Cameroon’s economic capital undoubtedly did not help, but Sierra Leone deserve enormous credit for their display in their first appearance at the Cup of Nations finals in 25 years.

Algeria begin their Africa Cup of Nations title defence with an underwhelming 0-0 against Sierra Leona in Douala.

“Over the years a lot of things have changed within the Bondo culture, and our organisation looks at how we can build on...
01/06/2022
Death of young woman after FGM revives calls for ban in Sierra Leone

“Over the years a lot of things have changed within the Bondo culture, and our organisation looks at how we can build on the better aspects of our culture, wherein women can be trained and empowered.”

Maseray Sei, 21, was found dead after undergoing the procedure in a centuries-old ritual carried out by a secret society for women

Liberia: Sierra Leone Lights up Kenema Through TRANSCO CLSG Grid
12/29/2021
Liberia: Sierra Leone Lights up Kenema Through TRANSCO CLSG Grid

Liberia: Sierra Leone Lights up Kenema Through TRANSCO CLSG Grid

President Maada Bio switched on the long-awaited electricity from the TRANSCO CLSG line on Thursday, December 23, 2021.SIERRA LEON – The prolonged state of unreliable electricity in Kenema, Sierra Leone’s second largest city and the town of Bo, is ov

Congratulations to Conteh Mohamed S! We are so very happy for you and Mariama!"Destiny they say can be delayed but can n...
12/20/2021
DESTINY: delayed but never denied

Congratulations to Conteh Mohamed S! We are so very happy for you and Mariama!

"Destiny they say can be delayed but can never be denied. I am so happy to share with you all the news of my marriage to Mariama. She is someone I met a very long time ago and now we have decided to make our bond official and start a family."

Read more: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/speaking-through-dreams/reports/?subid=182576

A project report from Speaking Through Dreams on GlobalGiving

Four years later, Bah runs his own business with nearly three dozen employees and an ambitious goal: Reduce the felling ...
12/06/2021
He lost his best friend in a mudslide. Now he’s using coconuts to fight deforestation in West Africa.

Four years later, Bah runs his own business with nearly three dozen employees and an ambitious goal: Reduce the felling of Sierra Leone’s trees — a loss that scientists say amplifies the mudslide risk — by encouraging his neighbors to swap wood-based charcoal for a substitute made from coconut scraps.

At 12 years old, Alhaji Siraj Bah was living on the streets. A decade later, his business in Sierra Leone employs nearly three dozen people as they work to create an alternative to wood-based charcoal.

When you give to support our newly launched project, Fati’s Choice, GlobalGiving will match your generosity for the #Giv...
11/30/2021

When you give to support our newly launched project, Fati’s Choice, GlobalGiving will match your generosity for the #GivingTuesday campaign. Fatimah Fateemah Dadzie was a WeOwnTV fellow in 2018. We are so proud of her and this powerful film, which World Premiered at Dok Leipzig in October. We just began raising funds to support the outreach campaign for the documentary film "Fati's Choice". Donate today and be one of the first to support this amazing project.

https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/project-appeal/edit.html?projectAppeal.id=6240

Fati's Choice is a mid-length documentary, that tells the story of a young Ghanian woman, Fati, who travels to Italy by sea, without papers, pregnant for the fifth time. Six months later, longing for her children, she returned to Ghana without her husband; only to find stigma and disappointment from family and friends.

The goal of this campaign is to combat the stigma associated with returned migrants especially mother's who have been tasked to improve the economic situation of the family.

Fati's choice was produced in partnership with Generation Africa, a documentary film project with the aim to create new narratives on migration through stories told by African filmmakers. In the long term, we hope to catalyze a conversation that helps West Africans make more informed decisions around migration.

Join us in supporting West African filmmakers working to protect our oceans. Today when you donate to support The New Bo...
11/30/2021

Join us in supporting West African filmmakers working to protect our oceans. Today when you donate to support The New Boats, GlobalGiving will match your generosity for the #GivingTuesday campaign. https://goto.gg/37295
‘The New Boats’ is a documentary film that presents an eye opening look at the impact of International Industrialized fishing in West African waters and it’s disastrous effect on local communities. Sierra Leonean filmmaker Barmmy Boy Mansaray is working together with local fisherman and together they are passionately working to prevent an environmental disaster with West African fisheries on the brink of collapse.

#TheNewBoats #GivingTuesday #AfricaRising #SierraLeone

Today when you donate to support WeSurvive, Stories of the Ebola Outbreak, @GlobalGiving will match your generosity for ...
11/30/2021

Today when you donate to support WeSurvive, Stories of the Ebola Outbreak, @GlobalGiving will match your generosity for the #GivingTuesday campaign.
Please give what you can to support this critical African perspective on the Ebola outbreak! https://goto.gg/31875

WeSurvive: Stories of the Ebola Outbreak is a web-based, oral history database that allows users to access a substantial collection of personal video testimonials from Ebola survivors, their family members, and other community members affected by the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. We are highly motivated to preserve this archive and to continue our work to facilitate the inclusion of African voices in the telling of African history. We hope that these interviews will aid in a deeper level of understanding and improve strategies implemented by foreign systems in the future.

#ebola #WeSurvive #globalgiving #GivingTuesday

Check out the latest about The New Boats - It is with great pride that I am writing to tell you that The New Boats docum...
11/16/2021
More Than Just a cultural Symbol

Check out the latest about The New Boats - It is with great pride that I am writing to tell you that The New Boats documentary film has moved on to the post-production phase footage. We have a great team assembled with experience and knowledge and we are on the way to telling the story we want to tell.

A project report from The New Boats on GlobalGiving

"We respect one another, no matter which faith you belong to, and we respect one another – no matter their age, backgrou...
10/17/2021
First Lady Of Sierra Leone Shares The Value & Power Of Religious Tolerance.

"We respect one another, no matter which faith you belong to, and we respect one another – no matter their age, background or gender.

Our philosophy here in Sierra Leone is to Live and Let Live. Yet to take this a step further, this means that our women and girls have the right to live a dignified life too. Women have the right to live, the right to progress and the right to develop. To speak up for these girls and women is my mission, says First Lady,"

We respect one another, no matter their faith, age, background or gender.

Sierra Leone has formally abolished the death penalty, becoming the 23rd African country to repeal capital punishment.Du...
10/12/2021
Sierra Leone formally abolishes ‘inhumane’ death penalty

Sierra Leone has formally abolished the death penalty, becoming the 23rd African country to repeal capital punishment.

During a ceremony in the capital Freetown, Bio declared that the West African country had “exorcised horrors of a cruel past” after a long campaign to end capital punishment.

In a statement, the president denounced capital punishment “inhumane.” “We today affirm our belief in the sanctity of life,” he said.

The West African nation is the 23rd country on the continent and the 110th worldwide to end capital punishment.

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Freetown Media Centre and WeOwnTV film expert and documentary film producer, Bammy Boy Bangura had the opportunity to film Chelsea and German defender, Antonio Rüdiger’s visit in Sierra Leone.
Our Director, Dr. Katrina Keefer's team has made another landmark achievement with the expertise of WeOwnTV in Freetown! Through the technical advancement in the field of photogrammetry and the addition of new assets to the original footage captured, Dr. Keefer's team can now represent the Ruins of Bunce Island as accurately as possible. The photogrammetry is made difficult by the green cover surrounding the Ruins, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk With Web is excited to collaborate with Dr. Keefer and WeOwnTV on this extraordinary project! . . . Trent University Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canadian Innovation #Collaboration #Photogrammetry #BunceIsland #AfricanStudies #AfricanIdentities #SierraLeone #AfricanHistories #UNESCO #SocialSciences #Humanities #AfricanResearch
A brand new song from the legendary Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars! In these times of crisis, the band could really use your support. Please show them your love by making a donation to their GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-sierra-leones-refugee-all-stars Recorded in Freetown, Sierra Leone and produced by WeOwnTV.
"Goat Smoke Pipe" recorded by WeOwnTV in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Thank you to everyone that his generously contributed to our ongoing GoFundMe Campaign! https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-sierra-leones-refugee-all-stars Happy Holidays to our fans around the world!
Thanks to WeOwnTV for filming Reuben, Jahson and Christopher performing Living Like A Refugee. Please consider making a contribution to the band's GoFundMe Campaign. Even a small contribution would go a long way during this difficult time. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-sierra-leones-refugee-all-stars
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If you missed the SURVIVORS discussion last week with filmmakers @Arthur Arthur Victor Alexandia Pratt & Banker White and special guest Dr. Nicholas Testa about trust, solidarity, and filmmaking during a global health crisis, check out the recording below! Be sure to watch #SurvivorsFilmPBS, NOW STREAMING on POV: https://to.pbs.org/3bkfRmx Thank you to co-presenter POV! WeOwnTV Camden International Film Festival #PointsNorth https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=737892016950851
Psst. You still have time to watch Survivors on POV and meet us at 7 for a Virtual Q&A with filmmakers Arthur Pratt & Banker White, and special guest, Dr. Nicholas Testa. We'll be discussing Trust, Solidarity, and Filmmaking during Global Health Crises. Registration is free, but be sure to sign up and we will email the link directly to your inbox! CIFF Selects+ | Survivors & Virtual Q&A | Documentary Educational Resources | WeOwnTV