Feature Documentary

Stories from Lakka Beach

Director | Editor | Cinematographer


In Lakka, a picturesque beach village in post-conflict Sierra Leone, five villagers reveal the deepest and most profound moments of their lives. They tell stories about the ocean and the land, about war, love, hope, religion and about foreigners; tourism on the white heavenly beaches is nothing to what it was in the 1980s. Visitors stay away because of the recent war, a painful memory that the inhabitants are trying to forget...

This is a story about life after war.


"Stories from Lakka Beach is a tale of resourcefulness and determination, coupled with a simple yet deep philosophy that will make the viewer meditate on what is really important in this life, and realise that no matter how hard things get, the ability to look towards a brighter future and see the positive side to everything will overcome any hardships."
- West Africa Discovery

"..this is an honest and rewarding portrayal of a place and people with an opportunity to finally choose their future."
- Ben Keene, founder Tribe Wanted
Festivals, awards & screenings

2014 De Correspondent, Online, The Netherlands 2014 TV broadcast, PBS Nationwide, USA   2013 Non Violence Film Festival, Ontario, Canada  2013 Baron Bay International Film Festival, Australia  2013 Thin Line Film Fest, Texas, USA  2012 International Film Festival Antigua Barbuda, St. John’s 2012 Film Africa, London, England     2012 Bergen International Film Festival, Norway 2012 Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada    2012 DOCUTAH, Utah, USA    2012 Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania  2012 Pärnu International Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia 2012 San Francisco Black Film Festival, USA  2012 Cinema Release, Salem, USA    2012 Cine Migratotio, Satander, Spain  2012 European Film Festival, Freetown, Sierra Leone 2012 Sierra Leone International Film Festival, Freetown 2012 Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Greece  2012 Salem Film Fest, Salem, USA (winner Best Cinematography)  2012 Cinema Release, Amsterdam, The Netherlands   
2011 IDFA, The Netherlands (nomination Best Dutch Documentary)