COMMITTED TO CREATING A MORE RESILIENT FUTURE BY TELLING POWERFUL STORIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE

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REEL WITNESS launched another short documentary, Little Rebel in 2017, about Isatou Jallow, an asylee from The Gambia. Isatou's epic and surprising path from West Africa humanizes the face of asylum and immigration in the US. Viewers will discover a rare depth of courage, dreams and altruism in the heroine of 'Little Rebel' -- who inspires us to open our hearts and reminds us of the American Dream. Little Rebel has earned multiple awards and screened at 30 film festivals around the world.

Currently RW is filming the life and story of Hameed— a young Muslim man who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 16, in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. Hameed’s story, This Being Human, will be released in Spring 2019. Please meet our Reel Witness crew below.

CREATIVE TEAM

AIMIE VALLAT  | PRINCIPAL, PRODUCER, WRITER & DIRECTOR  For the past twenty years, I have worked as a social change agent in the non-profit and documentary film sectors. I’ve always been fascinated about how the human experience shows both our uniqueness and common ground. My interest in storytelling has taken me around the world; from the townships in South Africa, to a youth theater troupe in Serbia and interviewing Holocaust survivors in Poland.  Building on my bachelors degree in Visual Anthropology from Fairhaven College and a Masters in Communication from Antioch University, I created  REEL WITNESS  with Noah Dassel. Together we developed stories about sustainability, food security and our refugee community. We debuted our first documentary in 2015 with Present Moment, and Little Rebel was our first collaboration with Guido Ronge.   This Being Human   is forthcoming in 2019.

AIMIE VALLAT | PRINCIPAL, PRODUCER, WRITER & DIRECTOR

For the past twenty years, I have worked as a social change agent in the non-profit and documentary film sectors. I’ve always been fascinated about how the human experience shows both our uniqueness and common ground. My interest in storytelling has taken me around the world; from the townships in South Africa, to a youth theater troupe in Serbia and interviewing Holocaust survivors in Poland.

Building on my bachelors degree in Visual Anthropology from Fairhaven College and a Masters in Communication from Antioch University, I created REEL WITNESS with Noah Dassel. Together we developed stories about sustainability, food security and our refugee community. We debuted our first documentary in 2015 with Present Moment, and Little Rebel was our first collaboration with Guido Ronge. This Being Human is forthcoming in 2019.

GUIDO RONGE  | DP & DIRECTOR  I was born in Southern Germany and developed a love of travel at a very early age. I relocated to the US in 1995 and began my career as a filmmaker starting as a camera technician, camera assistant and then transitioned to working as a Director of Photography. I have had the good fortune of working on a range of productions world wide including; corporate and feature films, commercials and documentaries.  Expanding on my desire to travel the world, I began focusing on cross-cultural work opportunities, like the collaboration with Soulcraft Allstars and EPIC. Seven years ago we started working on a long term documentary exploring the intersection of the local communities in southern Haiti and an endangered bird population, the Black Capped Petrel (Diablotin in Creole), in a film called ‘Save the Devil’. Closer to home, I have been excited to team up with Reel Witness to shoot and co-direct a series of films on the refugee / asylum experience.   This Being Human   is our second collaboration. For more information about my other film projects, visit my  site .

GUIDO RONGE | DP & DIRECTOR

I was born in Southern Germany and developed a love of travel at a very early age. I relocated to the US in 1995 and began my career as a filmmaker starting as a camera technician, camera assistant and then transitioned to working as a Director of Photography. I have had the good fortune of working on a range of productions world wide including; corporate and feature films, commercials and documentaries.

Expanding on my desire to travel the world, I began focusing on cross-cultural work opportunities, like the collaboration with Soulcraft Allstars and EPIC. Seven years ago we started working on a long term documentary exploring the intersection of the local communities in southern Haiti and an endangered bird population, the Black Capped Petrel (Diablotin in Creole), in a film called ‘Save the Devil’. Closer to home, I have been excited to team up with Reel Witness to shoot and co-direct a series of films on the refugee / asylum experience. This Being Human is our second collaboration. For more information about my other film projects, visit my site.