In June 2010, Michael directed two short dramas in Sierra Leone to raise awareness about family planning and STIs for Marie Stopes Sierra Leone and WAYout. Working with local script writers and a cast of local actors and WAYout volunteers, and shooting in rural villages around Freetown, Michael shot both films twice in two languages, English and Krio, in just two days – a challenging but successful shoot! Both films went on to be screened as part of the 2011 Sierra Leone Film Festival across the UK.
WAYout, in partnership with Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, ran a script writing competition open to the public, and the winning scripts were made into short dramas of 15 minutes long. The brief was to write something that engaged men with long term contraception in rural areas or made entertaining the difficult subject of sexually transmitted diseases.
The films have gone on to be shown in the 2012 ‘Opin Yu Yi’ Human Rights Film Festival in Sierra Leone.
TROUSER TROUBLE – written by Brian James
BITE WHAT YOU CAN CHEW – written by Mohamed Sheriff
The films have been shown in their Krio versions at Marie Stopes awareness raising events and venues across Sierra Leone.
TROSIS WAHALA (TROUSER TROUBLE – KRIO VERSION)
BITE WHAT YOU CAN CHEW – KRIO VERSION