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Documentary Feature  





Iron Ladies of Liberia
Directed by
Daniel Junge & Siatta Scott Johnson
USA / 2007 / 77 minutes

East Coast Premiere
Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films I
10/13/2007, 11:30AM
Bearsville Theater
10/12/2007, 11:45AM
Iron Ladies of Liberia is a unique look behind the scenes at the rebirth of a nation and democracy in action, under the steady hand of a woman determined to use the power of her position to help her people and move her country forward.

After nearly two decades of brutal civil war, Liberia was a nation ready for change. In January 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated President, immediately earning a place in history as the first woman ever elected president of an African nation. Since her surprising victory over international soccer star George Weah, President Sirleaf has appointed women to key positions throughout the government. This diverse group of women, along with other women across the country, has adopted their popular President's nickname: they are all Iron Ladies of Liberia. The film follows the President and the extraordinary women surrounding her as they develop and implement policies to rebuild their ravaged country, and prevent a descent back into civil war. The stakes are high, and the outcome uncertain, but the commitment of the Iron Ladies will not falter.

Daniel Junge was named by Filmmaker magazine as one of 25 up-and-coming filmmakers in 2003, Junge had his feature-length directorial debut with "Chiefs," which premiered at the Tribeca film festival,winning the award for best documentary, and subsequently received national airing on PBS. Other films by Junge include "Big Blue Bear," "We Are PHAMALy" and the narrative film Road Movie. As creative director for the series Common Good, Junge oversaw the writing and editing of all episodes, and personally directed four segments. The series earned four regional Emmys, three of which were awarded for Junge's work. As creative director for Just Media, a Colorado non-profit production company dedicated to social justice, the environment, and education, Junge is currently working on films in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Brazil, all due for completion in 2007-2008.

Siatta Scott Johnson was born in Buchanan, Liberia in 1974 and raised in rural Grand Bassa County. She speaks English, Liberia Dialect English, and Bassa fluently and is the mother of two. Johnson fled Grand Bassa in the early 90's with the outbreak of war, and eventually settled in Monrovia, where she was caught during the last of the violence in 2003. Johnson earned her BA in Mass Communications from the University of Liberia after the school re-opened following the civil war. She holds certificates in Political Reporting from the University of Liberia and in Media from the Press Union of Liberia/UNMIL, and a diploma in Journalism from the Liberia Institute of journalism. She has five years of experience as a reporter and producer at DCTV, one of Liberia's few broadcast television stations, and is a founding member of Omuahtee Africa Media.

Cast/Featuring: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Antoinette Sayeh, Beatrice Munah Sieh
Executive Producer(s): Jonathan Stack
Producer(s): Henry Ansbacher, Jonathan Stack
Director(s): Daniel Junge & Siatta Scott Johnson
Cinematographer(s): Daniel Junge
Editor(s): Davis Coombe
Composer(s)/Music: Gunnard Doboze
Sound Editor(s): Zlatko Makic




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