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's moving and courageous journey. We’re deeply appreciative of her poignancy and participation as an act of advocacy.

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!



Reel Witness has just finished their short documentary, Little Rebel, with a longer format film in tandem, about 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.


3 JUNE 17:  Reel Witness was very humbled and honored to receive an NW Emmy nomination for their short documentary PRESENT MOMENT this spring; the awards ceremony were held in Seattle, WA in June.

29 JUNE 17:  Our NEW short documentary, ‘Little Rebel’ premieres on World Refugee Day at the 'Taste of the World' event hosted by Lutheran Community Services in Seattle. This event is currently SOLD OUT! Please join us for another opportunity to view 'Little Rebel' later this summer.


Aimie Vallat and Noah Dassel co-founded Reel Witness to highlight the important work of non-profits and foundations in our local northwest communities. RW has produced a variety of advocacy pieces over the years — addressing a myriad of timely issues, from homelessness to end of life care, to land trusts and refugees’ stories, and more.

In 2015, RW debuted their first independent short documentary: PRESENT MOMENT, which was embraced by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and went on to screen at 25 film festivals worldwide, earning five awards. PRESENT MOMENT was hand-selected to broadcast in the KCTS9-PBS Reel NW Series; and in the spring of 2017, accolades continued with the filmmakers receiving an Emmy Award nomination.

With the film’s momentum, RW decided to focus exclusively on documentaries and expanded their crew to include Director of Photography, Guido Ronge. With 25 years experience in the film industry, Guido brings a global perspective to RW's storytelling.



I am a Seattle-based filmmaker and musician with work focused on social justice, education, and healthy communities. Since 2006, I have had the good fortune to work on projects concerning local food, financial literacy for youth, international women's empowerment, social entrepreneurs, and local community health. 

I am currently working toward a degree as a Nurse Practitioner and I am excited to combine my storytelling and media skills with my future role as a local and global healthcare provider. 


AIMIE VALLAT | Producer & Director

For the past twenty years, I have worked as a social change agent in the non-profit and documentary film sectors. I have focused on issues of sustainability, social justice, and building thriving communities. 

My passion as a storyteller is to create films about important social issues while inspiring action, galvanizing change and honoring the courageous voices around us.

Contact Aimie for more information about Reel Witness.


I was born in Southern Germany and developed a love of travel at a very early age. I've had the opportunity to work with many great still photographers, documentary film makers, and television stations before relocating to Seattle in 1995. Since then I've worked as a camera technician, camera assistant and then made the transition to working as a DP for many commercials, documentaries, and corporate films all over the world. For more information about my other film projects, visit my site