Sierra Leone: A Culture of Silence (Miscellaneous: 2014)

Director

Raouf J. Jacob

Cast list

Ahmad Tejan Kabbah

Basher Conteh

Raouf J. Jacob

Ernest B. Koroma

Doctor Koso-Thomas

Lara M. Moreno

Doctor Edward Nahim

Joseph Rahall

Alhaji Babah Sawaneh

Rugiatu Neneh Turay

Kabba Williams

Credits

Produced by Raouf J.Jacob & Lara Moreno

Cinematography by Raouf J. Jacob

Production Management by Lara Moreno

 

Synopsis

  • "A Culture of Silence," is a documentary feature film about the human condition in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The film follows two independent documentary filmmakers, as they travel across Sierra Leone exploring sensitive cultural issues that the nation deems as untouchable and even a taboo. Join us on our journey as we explore the invisible war against poverty, Sierra Leone's controversial diamond mining industry, a world filled with lost child soldiers living in the shadows, and a world where thousands of young girls experience what they call their 'Secret Pain.' Is there still blood on the stone? Where are the children of war? What is 'the secret pain'? Could the silence be broken in a world where culture is currently at war with human rights?

    Written by Raouf J Jacob

Reviews

According to several critics, the film suffers from poor organization, a melodramatic tone (the more extreme the subject, the less it needs rhetorical amplification), and, ironically for a film about silence, too much voice-over narration., claiming that "Jacob’s sometimes prolix and cliché-ridden remarks repeat what is seen on the screen or reduce it to generalities and platitudes".

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