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Helping Sierra Leone on film

It might only be a binder, ruler or obsolete computer to us, but the impact it can have on others is...

It might only be a binder, ruler or obsolete computer to us, but the impact it can have on others is tremendous, Logan MacGillivray says.

During this year’s ViewFinders International Film Festival for Youth, the 10-year-old budding filmmaker will document a program which sees school supplies sent to students in Sierra Leone.

“I wanted to show people that even though these things they are donating might not be a lot to them, it’s humongous there,” he says.

Beginning Tuesday, MacGillivray and cameraman Usher Asheri will be at the Bayers Lake Cinemas to film youths and adults dropping off donations — everything from basic supplies to electronics and building material — that will be sent to schools being built in the African country.

MacGillivray decided to start the project after family friends visited his Bedford home and began talking about Sierra Leone, which is trying to rebuild after 12 years of civil war. Helping with the project are The Centre for Development and Peace Education, and Peaceful Schools International. A representative from the organizations will film the container arriving at the schools in Sierra Leone and the full documentary will be shown during the Atlantic Film Festival this fall.

 
 
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