Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020

Program 04 - GLOBAL SHORTS

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The moving story of a man who escaped Agbogbloshie, Ghana, one of the most toxic places in the world with Africa's largest electronic waste dump, and his fight to try and empower two young boys to do the same. Winner of the PhilaEnviroFilmFest 2020 BEST SHORT AWARD, over 6 minutes.

Director's Statement:

I want to challenge the way the subject of electronic waste is spoken about and I hope by touching the audience with a personal story we will inspire action for the injustice that this practice of dumping electronic waste causes to innocent people and the environment in developing countries. We also plan to fundraise with this film to help Abdallah’s NGO get more children out of the environment and into education, because as Abdallah states, education is the only real way to stop a slum from existing and to offer a change for the future.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Ghana, USA, New Zealand
  • Premiere
    February 1, 2019
  • Note
    Director Biography - Sasha Rainbow: New Zealander, Sasha Rainbow, is a director from who has worked across multiple disciplines including film, art direction, photography and costume. Her work has been exhibited around the world as part of ASVOFF at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Berlin Fashion Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, London Music Video Awards, IMVF and UKMVA’s. Her Alpha Female music video featuring Indian women skateboarding was shared by Tony Hawk and an interview about it with BBC Worldservice went viral with over 600,000 people watching it within a week. For the past two years Sasha has been focusing on narrative film to highlight social causes, which has taken her around the world to places such as Ghana, India, Romania and Thailand. Sasha Rainbow won Best Director at the Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival for her film ‘Kamali’, a short documentary about a single mother’s fight for her daughter’s empowerment in India through skateboarding. Sasha believes storytelling can throw light onto communities to showcase heroic role models, which she believes is just what the world needs.
  • Director
    Sasha Rainbow
  • Producer
    Harriette Wright