Film industry

The Director: A film industry is growing in Sierra Leone #MakeSierraLeoneFamous

The Make Sierra Leone Famous podcast “The Director: A Growing Film Industry in Sierra Leone” is now available. Host Vickie Remoe Converse with Mohamed Lansana Spartara Sierra Leonean screenwriter and director based in Freetown.

He has written 6 films including Deep In The Game, Save By Grace, Together By-Law, Profit Points and Wate Berra, a documentary film about the life and work of Haja Zainab Hawa Bangurathe former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone.

In this conversation, he talks about his journey as a filmmaker, the growth of Sierra Leonean films, and the importance of passing legislation to protect and support the film industry.

“During my studies at Prince of Wales, I was in the drama department and played different roles whenever we had our annual awards ceremony. Since then people have started to like my acting skills. actor, telling me that I could be a good actor. When I was 17, a friend shared an audition flyer with me and I entered it, but unfortunately they didn’t call me. More later I went to another audition, where I ended up being a production assistant, from that moment I started to learn the different skills of filmmaking and that’s how I began my journey.

Lansana further talks about the big changes that have happened in the film industry since the release of his first film in 2016.

“We have grown in terms of production, now we use standard cameras because if we want to reach the international market, this is one of the criteria that we must be able to meet.”

A radio show with Makeda Cole on #MakeSierraLeoneFamous comes out Wednesday at 11:00 GMT on Radio Democracy 98.1. Online, the podcast is available at itunes, Spotify, Audiomack, Anchor, and Google Podcasts.

Last week’s featured show Chief Renata. Next week, Remoe chats with Namina Forna.
The podcast is made possible with the support of marquee partners like the US-based air cargo company PointBlue which ships parcels to Sierra Leone from Washington DC; the Dollhouse Store a household name in American fashion with stores in Baltimore and Los Angeles, and the Asmaa James Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps girls and women improve their livelihoods.