Shado'man

Boris Gerrets, The Netherlands / France, 2013, color, DCP, 86'
Synopsis

In Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, a group of friends lives on the streets. They call themselves the Freetown Streetboys, even though there are some women among them as well. Suley, Lama, David, Alfred, Shero and Sarah have all faced enormous physical and psychological challenges, and have been abandoned by the world around them. Without commentary and in poetic, cinematic images, the camera records the dark environment that they inhabit. The group shares their heartrending stories of the precarious nature of life in this complex country. But there is also room for everyday personal struggles, such as starting relationships, how to bring up children (or not), and sex. Filmmaker Boris Gerrets likes to explore the underbelly of big cities, using chance meetings and silent observation to present the day-to-day life of those inhabitants who normally stay in the shadow. Here too, a darkly filmed microcosm reveals the shadow world in which the underclass of Freetown lives, and the protagonists' determination and vulnerable humanity are both moving and humbling.

Credits
Director
Boris Gerrets
Cinematography
Boris Gerrets
Screenplay
Boris Gerrets
Editing
Boris Gerrets
Sound
Rosalie Gerrets
Music
Hans Otte
Oleg Karavaychuk
Mohamed Lama Jalloh
Production
Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
Co-Production
Les Films d'Ici
Involved TV Channel
IKON
ARTE
Contact info
Distribution for the Netherlands
Mokum Filmdistributie
Screening Copy
Pieter van Huystee Film
Website
http://www.shadom....com
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