When money meant for health centers goes missing, or funds for schools are stolen, Liberian citizens suffer. A lack of accountability leads to corruption, poverty and insecurity. The first step to changing these dynamics has to be supporting Liberians to voice their concerns, raise awareness, and present solutions.
We train young Liberians how to create low-cost films about important critical issues in their communities, through ongoing mentoring, support and training. Students learn the fundamentals of filmmaking from Liberia's top filmmakers and journalists, create their own short films about accountability issues like corruption or elections and share these films through mobile cinemas, a national film festival, and more.
The project will train dozens of marginalized youth to develop the skills they need to not only make a living, but to also be leaders and activists during this critical time in their country's recovery. As thousands of community members watch the films, they will gain awareness about key issues and how they can make sure problems are handled effectively. As government officials attend the film festival, they will hear and will be pushed to close the loop on citizens' concerns.