This documentary will explore the lives and stories of individuals living in a 20 year-old refugee camp in Ghana called Buduburam.
This July I am going to Ghana to shoot a documentary about Liberian refugees. Specifically the documentary will focus on residents and former-residents of Buduburam – a 20 year-old refugee camp outside of the Ghanaian capitol city of Accra. The stories of these residents afford unique glimpses into a people’s ability to persevere during circumstances that appear unbearable.
Originally established in 1990 by the United Nations, Buduburam was built to shelter approximately 12,000 Liberians scattered by a devastating and bloody civil war. Currently the camp is home to over 40,000 and has evolved into a township used by both Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian residents.
My project will consist of interviews with Liberians who currently live in Buduburam and Liberians who have settled in the United States. The distinctions and similarities between the two will help to better construct a dimensional portrayal of the Liberian “refugee”. In doing so, my hope is to debunk preconceived ideas of refugees as helpless, needy individuals and display the resilient strength of these very capable people. The funds raised here will help to cover production costs needed to complete the project in the quality it deserves. This budget takes into consideration only the necessities required to achieve the aesthetic quality I aim to capture.
You can check back here for any news and updates on my progress in Ghana. I also plan on posting production photos here as well as on my flickr photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/max_joslyn/
Thank you for your support. I’ll be keeping you posted.
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