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.


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.

The film was completed in early 2019 and is now having great success in the film festival circuit, both locally and abroad, as well as screening at local community events in the Pacific Northwest. For more information you can follow our dedicated THIS BEING HUMAN website.

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! 


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


  • 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

  • Show Me Justice Film Festival | 2018

  • Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival | 2018

  • Global Cinema Film Festival | 2018

  • 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

  • Social Justice Film Festival | Seattle, WA | October 5-14, 2018

  • Reykjavik Visions Film Festival | NYC | October 26-30, 2018 * Semi Finalist

  • Chicago Feminist Film Festival | Chicago | March 2019

  • Beirut International Womens Film Festival | March 2019

  • ReelAbilities Film Festival | NYC, NY | April 2019

  • ReelAbilities Film Festival | Toronto, Canada | May 2019