Thank you all so much for your support of the WeOwnTV: Idriss Kpange Filmmaker Fellowship. This is a projhect that is especially important to me and your support means the world. In this report we want to let you know about a special interim fellow who is receiving support through your generosity.
Jonathan, the son of Idriss Kpange, has had an especially difficult time since his father's passing. Like his father, and many youth in Freetown today, he has been struggling to free himself from the clutches of drug abuse. Jonathan approached the team at WeOwnTV, looking for guidance and support for a film he wanted to make about his personal struggles and the larger epidemic the country is facing. We decided there could not be a more special fellow to receive our support and mentorship the year we are relaunching the fellowship in his father's name. We presented him this idea earlier in the summer. The timely intervention of this fellowship will in many ways play two key important roles. One, engage and support Jonathan within his craft. As a young aspiring filmmaker Jonathan has been fascinated with storytelling, and his life story as a young man in the crossroads serves as a cautionary tale for the youth of this country. Two, the making of this film through his eyes will open a conversation around young people and substance abuse whilst affecting the wider policy conversation around drug use in this country.
We are providing Jonathan a one year mentorship plan with equipment support for him to tell his story. We will use the funds of the fellowship for the purchase of basic camera and editing equipment which will be used in the production of Jonathan's story. At the end of the production and upon submission of the final film, we will release the equipment to Jonathan to continue the legacy of his father. We look forward to sharing updates.
It's Barmmy again, one of the founders at WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center, thrilled to give you an update for the WeOwnTV: Idriss Kpange Filmmaker Fellowship. First off, thank you all so much for your support.
Idriss Kpange, was a filmmaker and a close friend of WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center and inspired many in the industry here in Sierra Leone. His unfortunate passing sent shockwaves throughout the industry and the country at large and sent a terrible signal that the young people of Sierra Leone are struggling to free themselves from the clutches of drug abuse. In recent years, the drug epidemic has become a challenge for young people as the market has been flooded with highly addictive, extremely dangerous, and cheap narcotics. As we continue to raise funds to launch an open call for the fellowship we want to announce plans for some very special support.
Jonathan, the son of Idriss, has also struggled with addiction himself, and his own life had begun to take a turn for the worse, falling into some of the same traps that led to the demise of his father. Jonathan is also an inspiring filmmaker and he recently expressed interest in making a film about his own struggle that could open up conversation around substance abuse whilst affecting the wider policy conversation around drug use in this country. We feel providing him a special one-year mentorship plan with equipment support for Jonathan to tell his story would be the perfect inaugural fellowship award. again, thank you all so much for your support. We look forward to updating you throughout the year, AND please continue to support our efforts to raise funds for an open call in 2024!
Hi my name is Lansana Mansaray, commonly called Barmmy Boy. (video message here: https://vimeo.com/798921141) I'm one of the founders at WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center, and I'm a filmmaker based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Over the years, we were privileged to work with our dear late friend, colleague and brother, Idris Kpange. Idris Kpange was a very gifted filmmaker. His dream was to empower young storytellers, Sierra Leonean filmmakers, to be able to use the requisite tools to be able to tell their own stories themselves. As friends and colleagues, we want to make sure we keep this dream alive and maintain his legacy. Through WeOwnTV, we set up the Idris Kpange fellowship to support open common storytellers and filmmakers allowing Sierra Leoneans that will be in the position, in the place to tell our own stories from a Sierra Leonean perspective or from an African perspective. There are so many beautiful images about this country that the world has never seen.
Please support this effort by donating any little you have to keep this dream alive on this one year anniversary of his passing.
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