Al Jazeera – ‘Still reeling from the Jammeh years, Gambians wait for justice’ Documentary

Al Jazeera: Still reeling from the Jammeh years, Gambians wait for justice‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ Documentary

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A short documentary about the 56 West African migrants forcibly disappeared and killed in 2005 in Gambia by security forces on orders of ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh. The film follows Isaac Mensah, one of the victim’s sons, who shares the family’s account of how his father’s death/disappearance continues to take an emotional toll on the family; and his journey to more answers.

Watch the full documentary – ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ – Director of Photography, Jason Florio

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Director & Producer – Nana-Jo Ndow/ANEKED

Presenter – Isaac Mensah

Director of Photography – Jason Florio

Assistant Producer & Second Camera – Festus Jackson Davis

Editor – Gabriel Baron

Animator – Alexis Stern

Translator & Advisor – Zusong Tidana

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January-February 2020 – Currently in The Gambia, West Africa

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Media: Le Monde Afrique – In the Gambia, the wounded faces of Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship

In April 2000, Yusupha was shot in the back by Yahya Jammeh regime forces while attending a protest. He was left paralyzed. Image © Jason Florio
In April 2000, Yusupha was shot in the back by Yahya Jammeh regime forces while attending a protest. Image © Jason Florio

British photographers Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio met dozens of victims of the former president’s regime

“I do not care what you do with my photo or my testimony,” concluded Alagie Sonko after the meeting. It is the fact that you came to listen to me that did me the greatest good” Alagie Sonko, the Gambia – Le Monde Afrique / Romain Chanson

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Portraits for Positive Change forms part of an on-going body of work also known as ‘Gambia – Victims and resisters of a regime’


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‘Dear Government…’ Billboard campaign – The Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations

Gambia Victims Centre billboard, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio, with Jason Florio
Gambia Victims Centre billboard, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio, with Jason Florio.

 

We finally arrived back in The Gambia to carry on working on our long-term project – ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime.  The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) is in full swing, and the searching for truth – and the bodies of those loved ones, who ‘disappeared‘ under the former, 22-year reign, of Yahya Jammeh – has begun.

Our families need closure…

For the past two years, we have been making portraits and filming testimonies of those who suffered, those who lost family members, and those who fought against Jammeh’s brutal autocratic rule.

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In April 2000, Yusupha Mbye was shot in the back by Yahya Jammeh regime forces while attending a protest. He was left paralyzed. Image © Jason Florio
In April 2000, Yusupha was shot in the back by Yahya Jammeh regime forces while attending a protest. Image © Jason Florio .

 

With huge gratitude to the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations, who we have been collaborating with over the last few months, we will also be holding the first exhibition of this work, in The Gambia, early March 2019. More news, on that, to follow soon. It’s been some time since we last exhibited in the Gambia so we are honored and excited to be able to, once again, to show our work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio.

If you would like to be part of #Portraits4PositiveChange, check out our GoFundMe page.

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