Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Let's Go to the Movies

Freetown the Movie

        Opening today at a cinema near you. Freetown. 

        Freetown is based on the true story of eight young Mormon missionaries and their escape from Liberia into Sierra Leone in 1989 during the outbreak of the civil war that was to last for nine years in Liberia.

        The movie was filmed here in Ghana because of the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia.

        We were invited to the world premiere at the the Accra Mall theaters. I know it is hard to believe it but I was there without a camera so the pictures that were taken of us with some of the stars are not in my possession. Lucky you. We did sit between two of the female stars. The lady in the poster above and Arlene Barrett, our mental health Service Missionary. It was a very enjoyable evening.

        The premiere night was on Thursday and then we returned Saturday treating some of the volunteers that we have become close with at the SRC. They are all returned missionaries and some brought dates. These wonderful young people are such hard working, dedicated servants. They are in their mid to late twenties. One served in Liberia and several had never been to a feature film of any kind. It was a special time for all of us.

Director, Garrett Batty, Producer, Adam Able, Frances, Famous, Richard, Morrison

Famous, Princess, Morrison, Raffael, Desmond, Frances, Comfort, Richard

The young mother whose husband was killed


Morrison and Frances
        After the movie we enjoyed frozen yogurt in the food court. Another uncommon experience. Blueberry, what's that?

        Suffice it to say that this is not an Academy Award presentation but it certainly is enjoyable enough. Please go and see it. Support independent film making but mostly it is a mini travelogue of where we live. The houses were in the neighborhood only five minutes from where we live. The village is only 20 minutes to the north of us and I am sure we have traveled through some of those pot holes. We have been on the same ferry, traveled on the Volta River and under that same white bridge. My one disclaimer is that the in the movie the dirt is cleaner and the chickens are also cleaner and fatter. Enjoy your trip through Ghana, aka Liberia.

1 comment:

  1. Love it...we are going tomorrow . Wish we were there to take friends with us too! What a great night!