Restoring Liberia’s Lost Generation

JPYEE Program

Civil war plagued Liberia from 1989 to 2003. One of the many unfortunate results was that a whole generation of young people grew up surrounded by war. That meant they received limited education, no skills training, and often no parents or role models of any kind. UNICEF has many programs in Liberia aimed at restoring Liberia’s Lost Generation. T In 2012 we produced 2 short documentary pieces as well as a 22 minute doc aimed at providing a glimpse into the current story of restoration in Liberia and the great work done through UNICEF’s JPYEE Program.

 THE CREW & GEAR

We spent most of this 11 day shoot in traveling from location to hard to reach location. We packed a mobile kit based around a pair of Canon 60Ds. Luckily, Liberian summers are very sunny, so we had lots of glorious 5500K sunlight to light our subjects. This made the need for carrying heavy lights unnecessary (and we wouldn’t have had plug in power for them most of the time anyways) – though we did bring one battery powered LED light.

Camera & Lenses

A pair of Canon 60D with Contax Zeiss Primes (50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4), a Tokina 11-16mm, and a Canon 24-70mm L.

Audio

Zoom H4N, Sennheiser Lavalier Microphone Kit, Audio Technica Shotgun Microphone.

Camera Mounts

Cinevate Atlas Rails, Manfrotto Tripod.

The Full Length Documentary

Unicef tasked us with creating documentary films to support their work in Liberia in job training and conflict resolution, so we Traveled across Liberia for 10 days shooting from Buchanon to Bomi. In each location, we heard so many amazing stories and gathered so much footage. (You wouldn’t believe how much.) From there, we created 2 short featurettes and 1 documentary style video to express the JPYEE program in full. We are very proud of the results of our video endeavor in Liberia, and the program is doing great things for Liberian youth.

COCONUT HARVESTING

This is one of the coconut harvesters in Sanwin featured in the 101 ways to use a coconut short featurette.

THE TEAM

The team getting ready for another shootday in Liberia.

PEACE BUILDING

The peace building and leadership part of JPYEE is a crucial element to restoring Liberia’s youth. This is one of the peacebuilding program mentors.