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. RW is expanding the short film into a longer documentary to share the depth of Isatou Jallow's moving and courageous journey. 

You can watch the short film above.


We’re seeking financial assistance to develop this longer version of Little Rebel (2018) and would be grateful for your support in getting this timely story into the zeitgeist. RW is fortunate to partner with NW Film Forum as our fiscal sponsor for this endeavor.

Please donate online; or, mail a check directly to NWFF at 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (note Little Rebel 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


       Little Rebel screens at World Refugee Day hosted by RefugeesNW | June 2017

       Little Rebel screens at World Refugee Day hosted by RefugeesNW | June 2017

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.

In January 2018, RW will follow and document as Isatou returns to Africa to establish her non-profit, Neneh Bah —with its mission of creating access to education for all young children with disabilities in The Gambia.


  • 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
  • Reykjavik Visions Film Festival | 2018 * Semi-Finalist