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 | THIS BEING HUMAN | 2019
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!
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