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Stories from Lakka Beach

Stories from Lakka Beach

Stories from Lakka Beach – a documentary by Daan Velthuizen and nominated for Best Dutch Documentary at IDFA’11, is about the power of stories, starring Abubakar Turay, Alpha Cole, Aminata Shylon, Isaac Douglas, Mohamed Conte.  It is about a carver, a local politician, a fisherman, the owner of a beach club and a young musician who are inevitably linked to each other in the context of a small town.  With stories about the land and the sea, about God, tradition, hope, war and love, about daily life, tourists and the Western world, they -together- tell the story of a community.

“Ten years after the atrocities of the rebel war, refugees from Sierra Leone still don’t dare to return to their country”, says Aminata from the Sierra Leonean village of Lakka. This film features five residents of this small coastal town, surrounded by white sandy beaches, near Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. We follow a fisherman, a woodworker, a beach club owner, an R&B musician, and a local politician as they go about their daily business. They live their lives in the same location, but offer surprisingly different perspectives. As the camera shifts from their activities to local scenes, the subjects candidly tell their stories: stories of the sea and the forest, of war, love, religion, family, traditions – and of foreign tourists. Tourism on the idyllic white beaches still hasn’t fully returned to the levels it reached in the 1980s. The tourists stay away because of the stories about the war – stories that the inhabitants want to shake off, but that the world keeps telling about them.”

The US premiere of Stories from Lakka Beach will be held in Salem, MA 

When: Sunday, March 4, 2012

Where, Cinema Salem, Salem MA

Time: 4.30pm

The Filmmaker will be present and the premiere followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

For more information:

www.salemfilmfest.com and http://salemfilmfest.com/2012/blog/2012/01/27/countdown-to-sff-2012-stories-from-lakka-beach/

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