Slaves of the Lake – An Update

As some of you might know, in late August this year, I went to Ghana to film a documentary about children who are sold by their families into the fishing trade. My local contact was a charity called Challenging Heights, which rescues about 70 enslaved children every year. Through them, I met Emmanuel and Dominic, two lovely boys, who had the harrowing experience of being sold at the ages of 5 and 2. They were both rescued a few months before I began filming and this documentary tells their stories.

My film is called Slaves of the Lake, and it was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). I was one of 6 filmmakers who was shortlisted to come to a public pitching event at the Sheffield Doc Fest last year. I pitched a different film idea that day – a documentary about children growing up in the Swat region in Pakistan. I won the pitching contest by a unanimous vote, and was awarded the funding money. Unfortunately, the situation in Pakistan deteriorated quite a bit in the following months, and DFID did not feel comfortable funding the original film idea anymore. Good news was that they didn’t take the money away. They gave me time to find another idea – and Slaves of the Lake was born.

This film is more or less complete now. It just needs some sound mixing and grading and then it’ll be ready for broadcast on the Community Channel. Sally-Ann Wilson from DFID has been kind enough to invite me to be a speaker at this year’s World View pitch event. They will play a 3 minute trailer of Slaves of the Lake and will then do a Q&A with me about my experience with this whole project.

Once the promo plays at Sheffield, I will be posting it on my website and facebook, so do look out for it.

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