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.
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- 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
- 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
- Friday Harbor Film Festival | Friday Harbor, WA | October 26-28, 2018
- Reykjavik Visions Film Festival | NYC | October 26-30, 2018 * Semi Finalist