WeOwnTV launched its first program in Sierra Leone by facilitating a month-long filmmaking workshop for 18 young men and women just outside the capital city Freetown. For the inaugural class of WeOwnTV: Sierra Leone, workshop participants were selected based on the enthusiasm, eloquence and sense of purpose each of them exhibited during the interview process. Many participants had never had a camera or touched a computer and many had not finished school, but they each demonstrated an incredible strength and resolve in overcoming tragic circumstances. The aspiring filmmakers came from all areas of the country: the diamond-mining district of Kono, the dusty small town of Makeni (a rebel stronghold druing the war) and from the hardscrabble slums of the country’s capital city, Freetown. WeOwnTV provides continued technical support, encouragement and training that will allow these young adults to produce media, and share their creative voice with the world.
2011: WeOwnTV receives grant support from the Bertha Foundation
2011: Banker White launches WeOwnTV women’s producing initiative, Women Go Tok
2010: WeOwnTV receives grant from Sierra Leone’s 50th Anniversary committee
2010: WeOwnTV videos screen at film festival in Madrid
2010: WeOwnTV opens media center in Freetown, Sierra Leone
2009: WeOwnTV launches some of the first films finished by students in Sierra Leone on YouTube and on the WeOwnTV website
2009: WeOwnTv receives grant support from Freedom to Create
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