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Showings

Rafael 2Sat, May 5 3:00 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Country:US
Year:2018
Running Time:80 min.
Language:Twi
Fante
Ewe
Director:Alyssa Fedele
Zachary Fink
Producer:Alyssa Fedele
Zachary Fink
Davis Coombe
Steve James
Cinematographer:Zachary Fink
Editor:Alyssa Fedele
Davis Coombe
Print Source:Collective Hunch
Note Writer:Susan Gerhard

Description

Ghana’s Lake Volta, the most massive man-made lake in the world, is also the site of a monumental human rights failure: the selling of area children into slavery. This riveting, gorgeously photographed documentary by Bay Area filmmakers Zachary Fink and Alyssa Fedele chronicles the brave efforts to find these children, bring them to safety, and return them to their families of origin. The film (pitched at DocLands' DocPitch, 2017) features a charismatic central savior, Kwame, who survived captivity himself as a child and is determined to rescue others. A knowing score, patient editing pace, and care with close-ups allow powerful emotions to fully flower on screen as the adolescents that Kwame has liberated get rehabilitated at a safe house. Expert cinematography enriches our understanding of this difficult and surprising process—from the overhead shots that capture the lake’s epic scale to handheld, vérité-style missions that follow Kwame into dangerous negotiations with captors.

IN PERSON: Directors Alyssa Fedele, Zachary Fink

Preceded by SURVIVING INTERNATIONAL BOULEVARD: DOMESTIC CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING US 2016, 22 min, Director Sian Taylor Gowan
IN PERSON: Director Sian Taylor Gowan

Thank you to our community partner Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Included Shorts

Surviving International Boulevard: Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (22min) More

Additional Information


Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink are documentary filmmakers and anthropologists based in San Francisco. They produced, filmed, and edited the short documentary The Ride of Their Lives, directed by Steve James, which premiered at Sundance 2016 and is distributed by Amazon in the series The New Yorker Presents. Their work has appeared on National Geographic Channel, HBO, PBS, Discovery Channel, Amazon Studios, and The Harvard Film Study Center. Their films have screened at Sundance, IDFA, and Aspen Shortsfest. Alyssa and Zachary were residents of SFFILM’s FilmHouse from 2016 to 2017. Together, they run the film production company Collective Hunch.