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WeOwnTV presents the work of talented young Sierra Leonean storytellers who are creating a new national identity through film.
Created by

Banker White

162 backers pledged $18,115 to help bring this project to life.

A Birthday Wish

On Monday I received an email that began,

“Happy (Almost) Birthday! Thanks to Facebook, in one week all of your friends will see that it’s your birthday on May 5th. Instead of just writing on your wall, or giving you something you don’t need, what if they had a chance to help a cause you believe in? “

So, I thought to myself, since all of my friends are in the habit of showering me with lavish gifts every Cinco de Mayo (Ha!) this could be a great thing to do.

But I did indeed decide to sign myself up for Causes and give it a try.

Here is my wish:

For my birthday on May 5th, I’m asking my friends and family for a special gift: to help me get the women filmmaker’s of WeOwnTV their OWN camera—and yes, it will be painted pink!

Last year we promoted WeOwnTV mentor Michaella Sallu to be the manager of a new Women’s Producing Initiative. She was the first woman to be promoted to a management position at WeOwnTV and has been doing amazing things. She now is leading a group of young filmmakers and mentoring them in production skills training and story development.

The camera I want to get them would completely change their capacity to produce high quality films – it records full HD video and professional sound. They are already in planning stages of several amazing projects and the work is diverse from a narrative film called ‘Cry in the Dark’ that tackles gender violence and HIV, to a documentary called ‘Street Soldiers’ about a local street theater group that is collaborating with young women working as prostitutes, trying to help them get off the streets.

I am dedicating this birthday wish to all the amazing women in my life; specifically; my amazing mother, Pam White who just celebrated her 65th birthday, my incredible wife Anna Fitch, my beautiful daughter Miss Dylan Tilly White and the talented Michaella Sallu, manager of WeOwnTV’s Women’s Producing Initiative.

Michaella has a fan on set (future filmmaker in training).

So thank you to all of you who supported our Keickstarter Campaign last year and please consider helping make my birthday wish come true. Donations of any size will get us one step closer to getting a pink camera into the hands of the amazing women in Freetown.

Wishes accepted here:

Here’s to dreaming and wishing for big things,