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AKUTSO SANE

Akutso Sane ("community issues" or "community projects" in the Ga language), expresses how we work directly with young people in their communities to help them identify and create non-fiction and fictional visual stories. 

  • By working with young people in their communities, we help emphasize that they have #storiesthatmatter.

  • By connecting them to some of Ghana’s most creative and brightest resource people in filmmaking, digital media, and content development, they gain on-hands training and marketable skills.

  • By  sharing their stories with each other, they recognize larger narratives about what it means to be human and how storytelling can be healing.

  • By presenting their stories to a public audience, they become advocates and activists who illuminate issues in their very environment leading to conversations and possible solutions.

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Liberating Stories of Women (LSW)—a project funded by the US Embassy in Accra— was our first Akutso Sane initiative. LSW begins with the premise that there is freedom in storytelling and is geared towards young women who are impacted by abusive experiences in their homes or communities. LSW uses storytelling and filmmaking as an avenue for their healing and a tool for their empowerment. The young women's docuseries are screened in their communities, at Bɛnpaali festival and on other media platforms to help advocate for women’s right to protection and security across diverse populations. 

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Ghanaian Youth + Environmental Artivism 
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G-Yea!) links environmental issues, harnessing culture, and art through youth’s perspective to push all people to protect our shared home: earth. Through a workshop series with resource people having backgrounds in storytelling, social media, and environmental issues, to youth develop public education campaigns to help educate others on causes and solutions of issues particularly concerning to them.

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