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Encyclopedia > Sorious Samura

Sorious Samura (born 1964) is an award-winning Sierra Leonean journalist. He is best known for two CNN documentary hits: "Cry Freetown" (2000) and "Exodus from Africa" (2001). Self-funded "Cry Freetown" depicts the most brutal period of the civil war in Sierra Leone with RUF rebels capturing the capital city (January 1999). "Exodus from Africa" shows the harrowing effort by the best of young African male blood to break through to Europe via death and danger ridden paths from Sierra Leone and Nigeria, via Mali, Sahara desert, Algeria and Morocco through the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain. 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A journalist is a person who practices journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people. ... CNN or Cable News Network is a cable television network that was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner & Reese Schonfeld [1] [2] (although he currently is not recognized in CNNs official history). ... Ruf is an automobile company located in Germany that bases its vehicle designs on Porsche sports cars, namely the 911 and the Boxster. ... The Strait of Gibraltar as seen from space. ...

In his latest two projects ‘Living with Hunger’ and ‘Living with Refugees’, he takes reality television to its extreme, becoming the central character in the films by living the lifestyle of an Ethiopian villager and Sudanese refugee respectively; in doing this he tries to break the boundary between ‘us’ (the people watching on TV) and ‘them’ (those suffering before the camera) by becoming one of them (albeit for just a month). Reality television is a genre of television programming which generally is unscripted, documenting actual events over fiction, and featuring ordinary people over professional actors. ...

Sorious Samura is also one of the directors of 'Insight News TV', an independent television production company focussed on international current affairs programming.

External links

  • Cry Freetown
  • Return to Freetown
  • Exodus
  • Guinea: Sex for Food
  • Living with Hunger
  • Living with Refugees
  • Insight News TV

  Results from FactBites:
Online NewsHour: Cry Freetown -- January 25, 2001 (1842 words)
SORIOUS SAMURA [narrating documentary]: I knew it was dangerous, so I had to be careful, because if they realized that I was filming them or [saw] the slightest movement on the curtain, they would have attacked this house, killed me...
SORIOUS SAMURA: These are children who have killed and raped, but often under the influence of cocaine and other drugs that they were forcibly given.
SORIOUS SAMURA: I had to, yeah, give them the impression I was supporting their cause, I was supporting the cause of the rebels, the rebellion, and so on.
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