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Guns to Mics

Jem Garrard
Greg Crompton
Canada, 2016, 71 min.

In Krio/English with English subtitles.
Includes violence.

Sierra Leone is recovering from a decade-long civil war. A burgeoning music scene has allowed the youth, who once used guns to vent their frustration, to pick up microphones and make change in their country. This documentary tells the story of a music revolution that changed the face of politics in post-war Sierra Leone. Young musicians began to sing out against the ruling government and quickly became national icons. In present day Sierra Leone, these influential musicians must now use their voice to keep the peace in a tense presidential election between the sitting President and an ex-coup leader.

Director's Statement

Positive stories coming out of Africa are few and far between. After learning about the music revolution that happened in post-war Sierra Leone, we set out to tell the powerful, uplifting, and positive story of these artists. We were determined to have the right voices in this film, and we're still amazed by the access we had. It was important to us that the film would show the beauty of Sierra Leone and its people.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Music, Africa, Social Justice, Community, World Cinema.

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