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Sierra Leone: The Film is the inspiring story of a celebrated playwright and his mission to change his nation with great art.
Sierra Leone: The Film is the inspiring story of a celebrated playwright and his mission to change his nation with great art.
303 backers pledged £20,778 to help bring this project to life.

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Sierra Leone: The Film

The most famous theatre director in Sierra Leone — a West African nation stricken by Ebola, extreme poverty, civil war and devoid of even a single theatre venue — wants to stage the most ambitious play in his country’s history — a play to restore hope, re-awaken a lost culture and unite his people around a vision of a better future.

 Charlie Haffner is Sierra Leone’s most beloved theatre director. After decades watching his country crumble and seeing his people leave in search of better lives, he’s had enough. Charlie wants to create a play unlike anything his people have seen: a great work of art to inspire the next generation of leaders to stay and rebuild.

Sierra Leone used to be a beacon of African progress, peace and prosperity. Today it is one of the continent’s poorest countries without even a single dedicated theatre venue. Charlie has always used villages and town squares as sets and locals as actors. Writing, directing and staging the play will be a journey of dogged determination, bitter frustrations and rich rewards. Can he restore a nation’s pride?

This is the story of a celebrated cultural mind in one of the world’s most troubled countries taking on the greatest challenge of his life — to create a work of art that will change his country for the better.

Why Sierra Leone?

Because Charlie Haffner’s mission can bring joy and inspiration to the world, and those are in short supply these days, especially in his home country. Your support will allow us to finish the film and show it to the world.

We are incredibly close to fully funding this film. We have already secured 75% of the production budget and with your help we can make this film a reality. The remaining 25% will allow our award-winning team to share Charlie’s story with the world and set the stage for Sierra Leone’s cultural comeback.

The Team

Producer SORIOUS SAMURA is a multiple Emmy winner. A native of Sierra Leone, he is a widely respected film and television producer.

Executive Producer NICK FRASER is Commissioning Editor for the BBC’s Storyville strand. He was executive producer of Man on Wire, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the BAFTA Award.

Director CLIVE PATTERSON is a critically-acclaimed young director and producer whose work has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera English.

Music Composer DANIEL PLATZMAN is a Grammy winning musician, producer, and drummer in the superstar rock band Imagine Dragons and is creating an original score that will combine locally sourced and recorded Sierra Leonean music with dramatic, percussive compositions.

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Risks and challenges

This is an ambitious project. Our goal is to produce a film that will be seen widely in Sierra Leone and around the world. Charlie has a huge task ahead of him. Documenting it will take us to every corner of Sierra Leone.

This is not Charlie’s first play and this is not our first film. Our production team has unrivaled experience working in high-risk environments, including sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. Charlie knows Sierra Leone better than anyone alive.

With your support, we can finish this story together.

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    A special treat for the Imagine Dragons fans, donate at this level and receive a behind the scenes video from the Grammy winning band's drummer, Daniel Platzman!

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    Get access to exclusive bonus features online + receive an advanced digital copy of the film + receive instant access to one free digital copy of any film of your choosing from the Emmy-winning Sorious Samura Collection.

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    Buy One, Give One

    It is our goal to get this film into every school in Sierra Leone. When you pledge at this level, you will receive a DVD copy of the film and be listed as a sponsor when we donate DVDs to schools throughout the country.

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    Signature Jazz from the Composer

    Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman is composing the film soundtrack just for us. Donate at this level and you’ll receive a signed copy of one of his solo jazz albums + receive an advanced digital copy of the film.

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    Original Soundtrack

    Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman is composing the film soundtrack just for us. Donate at this level and you’ll receive a digital copy of the film's original soundtrack + receive an advanced digital copy of the film.

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    Your Name in Lights

    See your name in lights as the credits roll! Donate at this level and we will include your name in the film as an official supporter of the project. You will also receive the original soundtrack from the film featuring Imagine Dragon's Daniel Platzman + an advanced digital copy of the film + access to exclusive bonus features online.

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    Behind the Scenes Package

    Go behind the scenes of “Sierra Leone: The Film” with regular video updates from the filmmakers. At this level you’ll also get access to sneak peek materials + your name in the credits as a supporter of this project + the original soundtrack from the film featuring Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman + an advanced digital copy of the film + access to exclusive bonus features online.

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    Red Carpet Pass for Freetown

    Attend the film's premiere screening in Freetown, Sierra Leone (travel and accommodation not included) + receive the original film soundtrack featuring Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman + an advanced digital copy of the film + access to exclusive bonus features online.

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    The Inner Film Circle

    Donate at this level and you will receive a personal phone call from Emmy award-winning filmmaker Sorious Samura. From the making of the Hollywood blockbuster 'Blood Diamond' with Leonardo DiCaprio to surviving the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, you’ll have plenty to talk about. You will also receive the original soundtrack from the film featuring Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman + an advanced digital copy of the film.

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    The Inner Theatre Circle

    Donate at this level and you will receive a phone call from the famous playwright Charlie Haffner – the man at the centre of our story. Learn firsthand about his incredible life story and how he forged his career as a full time artist against all the odds. You will also receive the original soundtrack from the film featuring Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman + an advanced digital copy of the film.

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    Be Our Associate Producer

    Join our crew and become an Associate Producer of "Sierra Leone: The Film". You will receive ​prominent billing in the scrolling credits at the end of the film + regular “behind the scenes” video updates from the filmmakers during production + the original soundtrack from the film featuring Imagine Dragon's Daniel Platzman + an advanced digital copy of the film.

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    The Africa Expert

    Download Sorious Samura's groundbreaking "Living with..." series and watch some of the most powerful films made about Africa in recent years. Five films + Associate Producer credit + Regular 'behind the scenes' video updates from the filmmakers during production + A free advanced digital copy of the film.

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    Become a filmmaker

    Receive a full day of one-on-one documentary filmmaking training by the award-winning director of "Sierra Leone", Clive Patterson, and learn the craft using all the latest equipment (available only in London or Freetown) + Associate Producer credit + Regular 'behind the scenes' video updates from the filmmakers during production + A free advanced digital copy of the film. Quick, there are only 5 of these!

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    VIP After Party

    Party with the film crew after a screening in either Freetown, Washington, DC, Atlanta or London (travel and accommodation not included) + Associate Producer credit + Regular 'behind the scenes' video updates from the filmmakers during production + A free advanced digital copy of the film. Quick, there are only 5 of these per city!

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    Daniel Platzman's Signed Drumsticks

    ONLY ONE PAIR AVAILABLE! Imagine Dragons' Daniel Platzman signed drumsticks just for one lucky donor. Drum like a rock star + the original film soundtrack featuring the previous owner of your new drum sticks + an advanced digital copy of the film.

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    Private Dinner with the Film Crew

    Join the film crew for an exclusive private dinner, attend a screening and party afterwards in either Freetown, Washington DC, Atlanta or London (travel and accommodation not included) + Associate Producer credit + Regular 'behind the scenes' video updates from the filmmakers during production + A free advanced digital copy of the film. Quick, there are only 5 of these per city!

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    Red Carpet Pass for the World Premiere

    Receive an exclusive invitation to join the film team at the film's world premiere at a major international film festival. Be part of the glitz and glamour of the festival circuit and take your place next to the director and producer for an unforgettable experience (travel and accommodation not included) + Associate Producer credit + Regular 'behind the scenes' video updates from the filmmakers during production + A free advanced digital copy of the film. Quick, there are only 5 of these per city!

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    The Ultimate Experience

    The Ultimate Experience
    Description: For the highest level and ultimate gift, you will receive sponsor credit - your organization's logo will be included in the credits of the film. And you can see it for yourself with an invitation to the documentary premiere in Freetown, Sierra Leone where you can experience the incredible things this country has to offer for yourself (travel and accommodation not included).

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- (30 days)