This summer, IndigoInk was commissioned to accompany Kweighbaye Kotee, founder of the Bushwick Film Festival (BFF), to document her return to Liberia after 33 years. She, alongside her family, fled the West African nation during the Civil War in 1989.
IndigoInk journeyed to Liberia with Kweighbaye, capturing her role as an Executive Producer of the Reel Peace Film Festival. The project was a year-long program that taught 45 Liberian women from 15 different counties how to make documentary films on their counties’ most pressing issues. Sponsored by The Accountability Lab, the Festival ran from June 5 – 6 in Monrovia, Liberia and was well attended. The Festival screened 5 of the completed films and featured panels, a ceremony, musical performances, and a village elder listening session.
Over the course of 10 days, we photographed Liberia’s leaders such as Vice President Jewel Taylor, Ambassador Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo, and Representative Edwin Snowe, amongst others. The trip was especially powerful as the festival transpired against the backdrop of a looming Peace Protest on June 7th. Guided by the principle of peace and prosperity, 10,000 Liberian citizens gathered without incident to petition the government.
IndigoInk cut the attached promo trailer, and is in post on the subsequent documentary short film about the trip. We can’t wait to share the final film with you!