Transforming Liberia Through Film

by Accountability Lab


This project trains Liberian youth to use film as a tool for social change in their communities. Students learn script writing, film production and editing skills, and make films about critical challenges where they live, including the impacts of Ebola and lack of service delivery. We then help them to share these films with thousands of people- including government officials and people in power- through mobile cinema and film festivals, to catalyze solutions to the problems they address.
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The Ebola crisis highlighted the lack of accountability of the Liberian government to its people, and many issues of integrity and corruption have arisen during the response to the crisis. Liberian citizens need a platform to voice their concerns, raise awareness, and present solutions to these issues. This project will take place in the Liberian communities of Montserrado and Margibi counties that were most affected the Ebola crisis.


We train young Liberians how to create low-cost films about important critical issues in their communities, through an intensive, hands-on "Accountability Film School." Students will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking from one of Liberia's top documentary filmmakers, create their own short films about an accountability issue related to the Ebola crisis, and share these films through mobile cinemas, a national film festival, and more.

Long-Term Impact

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 future crises are handled effectively. As government officials attend the film festival, they will hear and will be pushed to close the loop on citizens' concerns.



Organization Information

Accountability Lab

Location: Washington, District of Columbia - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Anne Sophie Ranjbar
Washington, District of Columbia United States
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