Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Life 8 - Sorie K and the MDGs

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Blind musician, Sorie Kondi, from Sierra Leone looks at what's happening with girls' education in his country 10 years after civil war.

Life 8 - Sorie K and the MDGs

Musician Sorie Kondi, blind from birth, has been called Sierra Leone's Stevie Wonder, but he's still trying to make it as a world musician. Sorie worries about the future of his 14-year-old daughter, Zeinab. He manages to make enough as a busker to pay for her education, but keeping Zeinab out of trouble is more difficult. She lives with her cousins, who have all had to leave school early because of pregnancy. Life asked Sorie to help us make a road movie looking at what's happening with girls' education around the country 10 years after civil war.

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]...[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Main credits

Gabbay, Alex (Director)
Gabbay, Alex (Cinematographer)
Gabbay, Alex (Film editor)
Kondi, Sorie (Interviewee)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Sorie Kondi/Earth CDs; translators, Fadiru Koroma, Andrew Kamara, Chani Wates.

Distributor credits

The Environmental Foundation for Africa

The Environmental Foundation for Africa
Alex Gabbay
Production Managers: Fee Romein and Davina Rodrigues
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
A production of Television Trust for the Environment

Docuseek2 subjects

Sierra Leone
Youth Issues
Gender Studies
Women's Studies
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Gender Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Women's Studies


blind musician, Sorie Kondi, Sierre Leone, girls' education, civiil war, world music, busking, busker, education, tuition; "Sorie K and the MDGs"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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