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Sierra Leone Film Project

Turn on the Sun!
(The Sierra Leone Film Project)

Turn on the Sun! is a documentary that follows the vital effort of two men to brighten the future of Dankawalie youth and bring light to people's lives. And light means hope and hope is the future.

The Dankawalie Secondary School (DSS) is a dynamic institution in this remote, post conflict rural village in Sierra Leone. There is no electricity in the village, but there is a thirst for knowledge. And there is also a passion for saving cultural traditions and the native language. Kewulay Kamara, a poet, storyteller and activist from Sierra Leone, lives in New York. Native of Dankawalie, he dedicates his life to the Dankawalie Secondary School where his brother is a principal. This village has an ancient tradition of storytellers. Every family passes tales from generation to generation. Kewulay doesn't want that to disappear. He wants his village to continue the tradition. But his biggest dream has been to bring power to his village. That's how he found Brian Singh and his Solar Energy company.

Brian, is a CEO and founder of a successful Wind and Solar Energy company based in New Jersey with offices around the USA and abroad. SunSteel is its branch that builds solar farms throughout America and the world. Brian was very inspired by the idea to help the school and was excited about sponsoring the project. He went to Sierra Leone to see the school, visited the village and the work began. The two men teamed up in an effort to provide environmentally and economically friendly electric power to Denkawalie Secondary School.

Production Team

Sierra Leone School

producers

Yelena Demikovsky more »
Yelena

Award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background, Yelena Demikovsky grew up in Russia during the Cold War. After getting her Master's degree at Moscow Theatre Academy, she was offered an Associate Professor position at the same academy where she taught acting and directing.

Yelena moved to America in 1992 and went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where she got her second Master's in Communication, TV and Video production. She made her first documentary on the history of Orthodox Church in America while still in Boston and the film went to distribution.

After moving to New York in 1995 she directed plays in various theatres and then moved on to mostly dedicating herself to film. She directed a few award-winning documentaries and short narratives and has been writing scripts.

Demikovsky has produced two symposia on ballet star Rudolf Nureyev — one in New York (1997), the other in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998). She also contributed interviews and translations to four authors of Nureyev biographies.

Fatima Benbrahim more »
Fatima Benbrahim

Born in Morocco, Fatima Benbrahim was editor of Red Palette Pictures shorts Shell and Through The Door as well as the documentaries Happy To Be So and Vera. An Intimate Sketch.

Her experience working for various international television stations — PBS/WNET Thirteen, TV5, France 2, France 3, Al-Jazeera, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV and Morocco’s 2M TV — and renowned film directors has given her universal exposure. She has worked in many formats and editing systems

CO-PRODUCER (UK)

Chris Hastings

DIRECTOR

Yelena Demikovsky more »
Yelena

Award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background, Yelena Demikovsky grew up in Russia during the Cold War. After getting her Master's degree at Moscow Theatre Academy, she was offered an Associate Professor position at the same academy where she taught acting and directing.

Yelena moved to America in 1992 and went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where she got her second Master's in Communication, TV and Video production. She made her first documentary on the history of Orthodox Church in America while still in Boston and the film went to distribution.

After moving to New York in 1995 she directed plays in various theatres and then moved on to mostly dedicating herself to film. She directed a few award-winning documentaries and short narratives and has been writing scripts.

Demikovsky has produced two symposia on ballet star Rudolf Nureyev — one in New York (1997), the other in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998). She also contributed interviews and translations to four authors of Nureyev biographies.

Directors of Photography

Piero Basso (New York) more »
Piero Basso

Born and raised in northern Italy, Piero studied Cinema and Art Studies at the University of Turin. There he developed a deep interest in visual storytelling. Piero began building a career as a director of photography while also working as a Steadicam operator. He photographed a number of award winning films and documentaries as well as four feature films and several shorts.

After moving to New York in 2008, Piero has worked on numerous projects including documentaries and narratives. He is now a part of several projects with Red Palette Pictures. In addition, he teaches at the New York Film Academy. www.pierobasso.com

Miko Malkhasyan (New York) more »
>Miko Malkhasyan

Miko is from Armenia where he received his BA from the Film Department at the Abovyan State Pedagogical Institute in Yerevan. Getting his start as a freelance cameraman, Miko displays his artistry through various types of camerawork. In 2009, he was Lecturer of Cinematography at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Film.

Additionally, Miko has participated in more than eight documentaries, nine feature films, and one hundred music videos and commercials, and pop, classic and folk concerts —many of which have earned him awards and some of which will be sampled in his upcoming reel.

Miko joined the Red Palette Pictures team in 2012 and has been participating in Then Comes The Glory and Black Russians documentaries as a DP-Camera operator, and working as a DP on yet another work-in-progress with New York musicians, tentatively called "Peace Project."

Camera Operators/Assistants

Snyfder Derival
Oskar Peacock
Johnny Lluberes

Editor

Fatima Benbrahim more »
Fatima Benbrahim

Born in Morocco, Fatima Benbrahim was editor of Red Palette Pictures shorts Shell and Through The Door as well as the documentaries Happy To Be So and Vera. An Intimate Sketch.

Her experience working for various international television stations — PBS/WNET Thirteen, TV5, France 2, France 3, Al-Jazeera, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV and Morocco’s 2M TV — and renowned film directors has given her universal exposure. She has worked in many formats and editing systems

Project Assistants

Oskar Peacock
Johnny Lluberes

Graphic Designer

Melissa Espinosa