Official Selection: 13th RAI Festival of Ethnographic FilmAnother festival announcement for 2013! I am very pleased to say that Shooting Freetown has been selected to screen at the 13th Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The festival will take place 13-16 June 2013, with screenings at the National Museum of Scotland and the Chrystal Macmillan Building on George Square.
The film will be screened as part of the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize strand and will be shown on Saturday 15th June at 11.15.am.
Following my visit to Africa In Motion and the screening at the University of Edinburgh last year, Edinburgh holds a special place in my heart and it’s always a pleasure to visit this wonderful city, so I’m especially excited about this one.
Hope to see some of you there!

Official Selection: 13th RAI Festival of Ethnographic Film

Another festival announcement for 2013! I am very pleased to say that Shooting Freetown has been selected to screen at the 13th Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The festival will take place 13-16 June 2013, with screenings at the National Museum of Scotland and the Chrystal Macmillan Building on George Square.

The film will be screened as part of the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize strand and will be shown on Saturday 15th June at 11.15.am.

Following my visit to Africa In Motion and the screening at the University of Edinburgh last year, Edinburgh holds a special place in my heart and it’s always a pleasure to visit this wonderful city, so I’m especially excited about this one.

Hope to see some of you there!

Official Selection: 13th RAI Festival of Ethnographic FilmAnother festival announcement for 2013! I am very pleased to say that Shooting Freetown has been selected to screen at the 13th Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The festival will take place 13-16 June 2013, with screenings at the National Museum of Scotland and the Chrystal Macmillan Building on George Square.
The film will be screened as part of the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize strand and will be shown on Saturday 15th June at 11.15.am.
Following my visit to Africa In Motion and the screening at the University of Edinburgh last year, Edinburgh holds a special place in my heart and it’s always a pleasure to visit this wonderful city, so I’m especially excited about this one.
Hope to see some of you there!

Official Selection: 13th RAI Festival of Ethnographic Film

Another festival announcement for 2013! I am very pleased to say that Shooting Freetown has been selected to screen at the 13th Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The festival will take place 13-16 June 2013, with screenings at the National Museum of Scotland and the Chrystal Macmillan Building on George Square.

The film will be screened as part of the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize strand and will be shown on Saturday 15th June at 11.15.am.

Following my visit to Africa In Motion and the screening at the University of Edinburgh last year, Edinburgh holds a special place in my heart and it’s always a pleasure to visit this wonderful city, so I’m especially excited about this one.

Hope to see some of you there!

Official Selection: Humanity Explored

 I am happy to announce that Shooting Freetown has been selected for the online film festival Humanity Explored on the Culture Unplugged website.  The festival’s tagline is "Witnessing global consciousness with documentaries and films from storytellers around the world…".

There is indeed a competitive element to this festival, so I would really appreciate if you could share and visit the page below. You can take the opportunity to watch the film again and/or rate Shooting Freetown (***** to *, 5 being on the left) or express how your “consciousness was effected” by the film… it appears you can do this more than once, so if you feel enthusiastic feel free to refresh the page.

Watch and vote here!

Thanks for your support.

Official Selection: Humanity Explored

 I am happy to announce that Shooting Freetown has been selected for the online film festival Humanity Explored on the Culture Unplugged website.  The festival’s tagline is "Witnessing global consciousness with documentaries and films from storytellers around the world…".

There is indeed a competitive element to this festival, so I would really appreciate if you could share and visit the page below. You can take the opportunity to watch the film again and/or rate Shooting Freetown (***** to *, 5 being on the left) or express how your “consciousness was effected” by the film… it appears you can do this more than once, so if you feel enthusiastic feel free to refresh the page.

Watch and vote here!

Thanks for your support.

Official Selection: Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary Another festival announcement, except this time its the first for 2013!
Shooting Freetown has been selected for the Competition Section of the Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary, Boltaña, Spain. The screening (also the film’s Spanish premiere) will be taking place between 19-27 April 2013 in this picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

 

Official Selection: Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary

Another festival announcement, except this time its the first for 2013!

Shooting Freetown has been selected for the Competition Section of the Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic DocumentaryBoltañaSpain. The screening (also the film’s Spanish premiere) will be taking place between 19-27 April 2013 in this picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

 

Official Selection: Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary Another festival announcement, except this time its the first for 2013!
Shooting Freetown has been selected for the Competition Section of the Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary, Boltaña, Spain. The screening (also the film’s Spanish premiere) will be taking place between 19-27 April 2013 in this picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

 

Official Selection: Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary

Another festival announcement, except this time its the first for 2013!

Shooting Freetown has been selected for the Competition Section of the Espiello XI International Festival of Ethnographic DocumentaryBoltañaSpain. The screening (also the film’s Spanish premiere) will be taking place between 19-27 April 2013 in this picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

 

Return from the Moa River

Hello all, sorry for the lack of updates recently.

As you probably assumed, I’m back from shooting Beyond Freetown: The Moa River Journey in Sierra Leone and have been spending the past month in Manchester busily getting everything organised for the editing process.

There’s going to be a few changes in my online presence in the coming weeks (going to keep you in suspense!), but for now the best way to keep updated on everything, including pictures and videos from my most recent project is to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

For everyone who backed the Beyond Freetown crowdfunding project and claimed the reward, you’ll be getting the first video-blog imminently and access to the other material once its completed!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic New Year so far, here’s some images from the adventure along the Moa River to whet your appetite…


Return from the Moa River

Hello all, sorry for the lack of updates recently.

As you probably assumed, I’m back from shooting Beyond Freetown: The Moa River Journey in Sierra Leone and have been spending the past month in Manchester busily getting everything organised for the editing process.

There’s going to be a few changes in my online presence in the coming weeks (going to keep you in suspense!), but for now the best way to keep updated on everything, including pictures and videos from my most recent project is to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

For everyone who backed the Beyond Freetown crowdfunding project and claimed the reward, you’ll be getting the first video-blog imminently and access to the other material once its completed!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic New Year so far, here’s some images from the adventure along the Moa River to whet your appetite…


Freetown Shorts: A British Slave in Freetown

As we get into the final few days of the Beyond Freetown: The Moa River Journey crowdfunding campaign, as a special treat I thought I would share with you a short clip of unseen ‘bonus footage’ I edited together shortly after finishing Shooting Freetown

A (very) short film created from the material shot during the Shooting Freetown project, Summer 2011.

Up until independence in 1961, for centuries Sierra Leone’s history was one marked by slavery and British colonial rule.

The Rebel War of the 1990s and its immediate aftermath left people with little time to reflect on this history, but amidst the hustle & bustle of Freetown in 2011, evidence of this past can be found all over the city.

British flags remain, now the marker of quality imported goods. Public artwork remembers the pain of the ancestors and the ceremonial costumes of old, traditions which still survive in the provinces.

In King Jimmy Market, once the region’s foremost slaving port, the young film-makers of WeOwnTV finish shooting a historical drama called ‘They Resisted’, in the very same tunnels slaves were once taken down to be boarded on ships to the New World.

A visitor from the land of the former oppressor finds the camera turned on him and old roles being reversed… Additional camera work by Arthur Pratt

Freetown Shorts: A British Slave in Freetown from Kieran Hanson on Vimeo.

Freetown Shorts: A British Slave in Freetown

As we get into the final few days of the Beyond Freetown: The Moa River Journey crowdfunding campaign, as a special treat I thought I would share with you a short clip of unseen ‘bonus footage’ I edited together shortly after finishing Shooting Freetown

A (very) short film created from the material shot during the Shooting Freetown project, Summer 2011.

Up until independence in 1961, for centuries Sierra Leone’s history was one marked by slavery and British colonial rule.

The Rebel War of the 1990s and its immediate aftermath left people with little time to reflect on this history, but amidst the hustle & bustle of Freetown in 2011, evidence of this past can be found all over the city.

British flags remain, now the marker of quality imported goods. Public artwork remembers the pain of the ancestors and the ceremonial costumes of old, traditions which still survive in the provinces.

In King Jimmy Market, once the region’s foremost slaving port, the young film-makers of WeOwnTV finish shooting a historical drama called ‘They Resisted’, in the very same tunnels slaves were once taken down to be boarded on ships to the New World.

A visitor from the land of the former oppressor finds the camera turned on him and old roles being reversed… Additional camera work by Arthur Pratt

Freetown Shorts: A British Slave in Freetown from Kieran Hanson on Vimeo.