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.

We’re seeking contributions to develop more stories like Isatou Jallow's, focused on the resilience of asylees and refugees in our communities. We would be grateful for your support in getting these timely stories into the zeitgeist. 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
  • 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