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Vele is 17 years old and all she wants is to learn how to read and write - to keep up with her seven year old daughter. After endless years of the Liberian civil war her ability to sign in ... See full summary »

Director:

Madli Lääne

Stars:

Velegai, Garmai, Gbolu
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Velegai Velegai ... Herself
Garmai Garmai ... Herself
Gbolu Gbolu ... Herself
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Vele is 17 years old and all she wants is to learn how to read and write - to keep up with her seven year old daughter. After endless years of the Liberian civil war her ability to sign in her own name means the next big step towards independence - away from the painful past, into a brighter future. Written by Anonymous

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civil war | education | women | africa | See All (4) »

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Vele (17) tries to overcome the horror of civil war through education.

Genres:

Documentary | Short

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Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2012 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Zorzor, Liberia

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Budget:

€40,000 (estimated)
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Detailfilm See more »
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Stereo (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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ABC-A socially relevant short film which depicts that there is no age limit to learn and receive education.
15 September 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

ABC is the real life tale of Velegai Flomo- a young Liberian woman who is battling all odds to make herself educated. Her life is tough as not only she has to plan her own life for the future but has the additional responsibility of looking after her young daughter. This is a socially relevant film which carries the underlying message that there is no age limit to learn and receive education. Velegai makes a good educational choice when she decides to sit with fifth graders in order to learn in the same school where she goes with her young daughter. From the outset, this film's commitment to the issue of education for women is revealed with the message that future is educated by educating girls. "ABC" is a simple, straightforward film without any surprise plot twists and other narrative devices with which one usually associates 'fiction film' genre. As a short film, it is just above the average duration mark of 10 minutes. Its key highlight is its honest stance in order to avoid undue controversy. One can quote as an example how it subtly talks about war and devastation in Africa but eschews showing it. It is not possible to replicate all possible scenarios of suffering. Hence, it is in this indirect manner that one comes closer to understand another person's suffering. As part of 'Berlinale Talent Campus','ABC' won the prestigious Berlin Today award 2012.


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