30% (Women and Politics in Sierra Leone)
Oil-painted animation brings to life the stories of three powerful women in postconflict Sierra Leone.
2013 | 5 - 10 | Documentary | Experimental | Gender | UK | 2013
First shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this original documentary is a collaborative effort from artist Anne Cady, animator Em Cooper and radio journalist Jenny Cuffe. Using a special technique that combines animated sequences and interviews (that literally emerge from Cady’s paintings) the authors present the difficult situation in which Sierra Leone’s women are living in. The injustices women are constantly subject to emerge through the stories of three local political activists, who have been fighting for a 30 percent female representation in the country’s parliament. Their own sexuality becomes a weapon against them, slander and threats of all kinds are used to keep them away from politics. Despite the crucial role that women have played in the peace process that put an end to eleven years of civil war, the country’s ruling class does everything to keep them on the sidelines. The peculiar style captures one’s attention and amplifies the message of the film, which was a result of a close collaboration between women – the same kind of bond advocated by the three african protagonists during their debate.
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