‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ documentary – African Film Festival, New York, 2021

“I am honoured to have worked as Director of Photography on the short documentary film, ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’. And, thrilled that it has been selected for this year’s African Film Festival, New York, 2021. More news and links coming soon…” Jason Florio – Photographer/Filmmaker

'I Cannot Bury My Father' Poster advertising the screening of the short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography - Jason Florio
Poster advertising the screening of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography – Jason Florio

In 2005, Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh murdered 56 West African migrants out of fear they were mercenaries intending to overthrow him. The disappearance of their slain bodies robbed families of healing and closure by being unable to bury their loved ones. Isaac Mensah, one of the victim’s sons, shares the emotional toll of this atrocity and his quest for answers… ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’, African Film Festival

Isaac Mensah, James Town beach, Accra, Ghana © Jason Florio. Isaac is the son of one of 44 murdered Ghanian migrants, by Gambian security forces, in The Gambia, in 2005.
Isaac Mensah, James Town beach, Accra, Ghana. The son of Peter Mensah, one of 44 Ghanaians killed by Gambian security forces in July 2005 Portrait Portrait © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’ series

I Cannot Bury My Father’

Director/Producer – Nana_Jo_Ndow

Presenter – Isaac Mensah

Director of Photography – Jason Florio

Second Camera – Festus Jackson-Davis

Editor – Gabriel Baron

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters

Photographer, and filmmaker, Jason Florio, with Isaac Mensah and his family, during the filming of 'I Cannot Bury My Father', Ghana. Image courtesy of Festus-Jackson Davies
Photographer, and filmmaker, Jason Florio, with Isaac Mensah and his family, during the filming of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’, Ghana. Image courtesy of Festus-Jackson Davies

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Photo of the Day: Koranic School Girls, The Gambia, West Africa

Photo of the Day: A group of Koranic school girls sitting together, smiling and laughing, during their lunch break, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

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On this day: Jan 26, 2017 – President Adama Barrow returns home to The Gambia, West Africa

On this day Jan 26th, 2017

A triumphant, and momentous day for The Gambia, West Africa. Ten’s of thousands of euphoric Gambians lined the streets for miles – and miles! (an estimated over 100,000 Gambians flocked the main road) – to welcome home their new president, Adama Barrow. Due to potential security risks, Barrow had briefly exiled himself to neighbouring Senegal, where he was inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy, Dakar.

President Adama Barrow, returns to The Gambia from exile in Senegal, to rapturous Gambians ©Jason Florio
President Adama Barrow, the Republic of The Gambia © Jason Florio

#GambiaHasDecided

Vimeo: Adama Barrow, the new President of The Gambia, West Africa, returns home from exile – Jan 26, 2017 ©Jason Florio iphone footage
President Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia, after exile in Senegal - an estimated 100,000 people lined the main roads, to welcome him home © Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: President Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia, after exile in Senegal – an estimated 100,000 people lined the main roads, to welcome him home © Jason Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

A new era for the Gambia - President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul Airport, from Dakar, to a monumental reception! ©Helen Jones-Florio
A new era for the Gambia – President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul Airport, from Dakar, to a monumental reception! ©Helen Jones-Florio
Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, at Banjul Airport, The Gambia ©Jason Florio
Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, at Banjul Airport, The Gambia, after being sworn in in Dakar, Senegal, for security reasons ©Jason Florio
#GambiaHasDecided - supporters of the new President Adama Barrow, The Gambia © Jason Florio
#GambiaHasDecided: supporters of the new President Adama Barrow, celebrating in the streets of Banjul, The Gambia © Jason Florio
Gambian celebrate the return home of their new president, Adama Barrow ©Helen Jones-Florio
Gambian celebrate the return home of their new president, Adama Barrow, Banjul Airport, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio
A young Gambian man raises the Victory sign, in celebration of the new president, Adama Barrow, Westfields, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaHasDecided: A young Gambian man raises the Victory sign, in celebration of the new president, Adama Barrow, Westfields, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

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Jan 21st 2017: Gambia Has Decided. The day the ex-President, Yahya Jammeh, finally left.

On December 1st, 2016, the Gambian people voted out their autocratic President Yahya Jammeh, after 22 years in power, and elected Adama Barrow as their new president. Jammeh conceded defeat but a week later announced that he was annulling the election results and would not step down. A grassroots movement #GambiaHasDecided emerged in reaction.

#GambiaHasDecided

#GambiaHasDecided sprayed on a wall in urban Bakau, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio, 2017
#GambiaHasDecided sprayed on a wall in Bakau, The Gambia. Image © Jason Florio, 2017

Activists initially set up billboards with the slogan #GambiaHasDecided. The billboards were torn down by Jammeh loyalists. Not to be intimidated, the activists around the country turned to spray painting the slogan.

Deposed dictator, Yahya Jammeh, shakes hands with well-wishers at Banjul International Airport as he prepares to head to exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image ©Jason Florio
Deposed dictator, Yahya Jammeh, shakes hands with well-wishers at Banjul International Airport as he prepares to head to exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image ©Jason Florio

On January 21st, 2017,  in response to mounting international pressure, Yahya Jammeh, along with his family, finally boarded a flight and left The Gambia with Guinean President, Alpha Condé. Jammeh has since been in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

As he mounted the stairs to the plane, he turned to the crowd, kissed his Qur’an and waved one last time to supporters, including soldiers who cried at his departure. The Guardian

The International press waiting at Banjul Airport for Yahya Jammeh to leave the country into exile - Jan 21 2017. Image ©Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: National and international press waiting at Banjul Airport for Yahya Jammeh to leave the country- Jan 21 2017. Image ©Jason Florio

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Supporters of the ex-president Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia wait at Banjul airport to say goodbye him as he leaves Gambia for exile in Guinee. He lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today. Image ©Jason Florio
Supporters of the ex-president Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia wait at Banjul airport to say goodbye him as he leaves Gambia for exile in Guineé. He lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today. Image ©Jason Florio
Supporters of the ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of The Gambia weep at Banjul International Airport after saying goodbye to him as he leaves the Gambia for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today (21/0
Member of the security forces, loyal to ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of The Gambia weep at Banjul International Airport after saying goodbye to him as he leaves the Gambia for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh lost the election to Adama Barrow on December 2nd 2016 but refused to step down until today, 21/01/2017. Image ©Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: the international press watch as the plane carrying ex-president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, flies off into exile. Image © Jason Florio Jan 21st 2017
Gambia Has Decided: National and international press watch as the plane carrying ex-president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, flies off into exile. Image © Jason Florio Jan 21st 2017

#GambiaHasDecided

On January 26th, 2017, the new president of The Gambia,  Adama Barrow, returned home to mass celebrations. For his own safety, Barrow had exiled himself to Senegal, where, on January 19th, he took oath at the country’s embassy in Dakar

President Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia, after exile in Senegal - an estimated 100,000 people lined the main roads, to welcome him home © Jason Florio
Gambia Has Decided: January 26th 2017, President Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia, after exile in Senegal – an estimated 100,000 people lined the main roads, to welcome him home © Jason Florio

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Header Image: Ex President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Image ©Jason Florio

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