FILM SYNOPSIS

Reel Witness created Little Rebel as a pro-bono project in response to the current US Administration's travel ban— and, ultimately, as a celebration of our asylee/refugee communities.

Little Rebel follows the extraordinary story of Isatou Jallow — a remarkable West African woman from The Gambia, and now Seattle resident. Since seeking asylum in the USA (2012), Isatou has pursued graduate degrees at the University Washington/UW Law School while she continuously advocates for women, asylees/refugees and people with disabilities.

The dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism with a vision for Gambian children with disabilities— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.

You can watch the short film above.


FORTHCOMING SHORT DOC | 2018

Following the success of Little Rebel, and in light of the USA’s political climate, REEL WITNESS continues turning-up refugee voices of the Pacific Northwest via film.

August 2018:  RW starts filming the life of Hameed — a young Muslim who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 15, in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. Now 22, like Isatou of Little Rebel, his salvation is scholarship in Seattle bound by a big altruistic dream. From flight to refuge, RW seeks to humanize the facelessness of emigration and celebrate personal tales of resiliency.

Promote advocacy-storytelling with a thoughtful donation to REEL WITNESS; their pro-bono productions are directly enhanced by your generosity. RW is fortunate to partner with Northwest Film Forum as our fiscal sponsor and all donations are tax deductible.

Please donate online; or, mail a check directly to NWFF at 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (note REEL WITNESS on your check’s memo line).  All donations are appreciated and tax deductible. A heartfelt thank you for joining our project! 


CRITICAL PRAISE

Little Rebel is exactly what I’d expect from filmmaker Aimie Vallat - humane, insightful, wise, and full of hope.
— Ian Ebright, Award-winning Director, 'From the Sky' & 'The Devil Needs A Fix'
Beautifully intelligent dignified message with camerawork and production values to match.
— Bill Hoare, Film Producer, 'Pearl Jam: Single Video Theory' & 'Destination Anywhere'
Director of Photography, Guido Ronge does it again… lending his beautiful eye, impeccable composition, and perfectly tuned sense of story to capture a gorgeous look at woman who will inspire the world with her grit and then transform it with her intelligence.
— Aaron Straight, Creative Director + Principal, SOULCRAFT ALLSTARS

OFFICIAL SELECTION

  • Impact DOCS | 2017
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival | 2017
  • Ellensburg Film Festival | 2017
  • Tacoma Film Festival | 2017
  • Equality International Film Festival | 2017
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival | 2017
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival | 2017
  • Awareness Film Festival | 2017
  • California International Shorts Festival | 2017 * WINNER - Best Documentary
  • PigrecoZen Film Fest | 2017
  • Solidando Film Festival | December 2017  * Finalist
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival | December 2017 *Award of Distinction
  • 44 Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg |  2018
  • Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival |  2018
  • Global Cinema Film Festival | 2018
  • Reykjavik Visions Film Festival | 2018 * Semi-Finalist
  • Shorts on Tap -London | 2018
  • Africa World Documentary Film Festival | 2018 *Finalist
  • World of Women Film Fair Middle East | 2018
  • Toronto Short Film Festival | 2018
  • Sunderland Shorts Film Festival | 2018
  • Port Orchard Film Festival | 2018 * WINNER - Best Short Documentary
  • Rainier Independent Film Festival | 2018 - *WINNER - Best Short Documentary
  • Friday Harbor Film Festival | 2018
  • Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival | 2018