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The Girls of Meru

Andrea Dorfman
2018 | 88 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionVictoria Film Festival

  • Official SelectionHuman Rights Film Festival - Paris (2018)


Short Synopsis


Long Synopsis


Q & A with Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman

Trailer

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Images

Equality Effect
Photo : © Equality Effect
CEO of the Equality Effect Fiona Sampson.
Equality Effect
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One of the girls from Tumaini Shelter in a handmade mask.
Equality Effect
Photo : © Equality Effect
Director Andrea Dorfman and one of the girls from Tumaini Shelter.
Image from Film: Shoes from one of the girls staying at Tumaini.
Spectators at the 160 Girls court case.
Image from Film: One of the girls from Tumaini Shelter.
Executive Director of Ripples International Mercy Chidi Baidoo.
Executive Director of Ripples International Mercy Chidi Baidoo.
Image from film: The girls at Tumaini Girls Rescue Centre.
Image from film: Girl on lawn at Tumaini Girls Rescue Centre.
Image from film: Dr. Fiona Sampson, Human Rights lawyer and CEO of Equality Effect and Mercy Chidi Baidoo, Executive Director of Ripples International.
Image from film: Close-up of girl’s hands at Tumaini Girls Rescue Centre.
Image from film: Girls with Dr. Fiona Sampson.

Team


Andrea Dorfman
Director
Biography
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Photo : Aaron McKenzie Fraser


Andrea Dorfman

Andrea Dorfman is a Halifax-based filmmaker who creates stories that explore the world with wonder and heart. Her first feature, Parsley Days (2000), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named one of Canada’s Top Ten films of the year. In recent years, Dorfman has gained popularity as an animator. Her National Film Board of Canada animated documentary Flawed (2010) was nominated for an Emmy, and Big Mouth (2012) has toured children’s festivals across the globe. How to Be Alone, a mixed-media video poem written by Tanya Davis, has received over eight million hits on YouTube. Andrea is currently in development on her fourth feature-length film, Spinster. She lives in Nova Scotia with her partner, his two kids, a dog, and two mischievous cats.


Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for the NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic Studio, Annette has met cacao farmers in Belize, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Her producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF). Annette’s current productions reflect on the human condition inside Nova Scotia prisons, along the Brazilian Amazon, on Fogo Island and through the story of 11 young girls in northern Kenya who make legal history.

 

Credits

Dedicated to the girls whose stories led to court victory, making legal history.

In Memory of
ALEXANDER DRURY
UFULU KANYONGOLO
KEZIAH NYAUNDI
CHIDI OGBONNA
and
JOAN SAMPSON

Written and Directed by|
ANDREA DORFMAN

Edited by
ANGELA BAKER

Creative Consultant
JUDY KIBINGE

Director of Photography and Animation
ANDREA DORFMAN

Original Music by
CHARLES AUSTIN

Sound Edit & Design by
MÉLANIE GAUTHIER

Produced by
ANNETTE CLARKE

A very special thank you to
MERCY CHIDI BAIDOO
FIONA SAMPSON
THE GIRLS AT TUMAINI AND ALL THEIR SUPPORTERS

Sound Recordists
EDNAH BONARERI
MIKE FILIPPOV
DANIEL HEWETT
DAVID JALENGA
DANNI KARANJA                  

Additional Cinematography
STAN BARUA
TIM MWAURA
PHILIPPA NDISI-HERRMANN
IRIS NG
JOAN POGGIO
JOHN PRICE
ANNALET STEENKAMP

Location Manager
DEBRA NJERI NGERU

Production Managers
WINNIE MUTHONI KAMAU
GEETA SONDHI
EMILY WANJA

Production Assistants
LISA NJERI KIHAGI
JACKIE IMALI
ANNA MACLEAN

Narrated by
ANDREA DORFMAN

Foley
ALEXIS FARAND

Foley & Narration Recording
GEOFF MITCHELL

Assistant Dialogue Editor
SANDY PINTEUS

Musicians
NORM ADAMS – cello
CHARLES AUSTIN – guitar, marimba, piano, melodica
JORDAN MURPHY – percussion, drum kit, cymbals
JOSHUA VAN TASSEL – marimba, hand percussion, udu, shaker

Additional Music
“SAY NO” (160 Girls theme song)
Composed and Performed by ROSY OHON
Produced by THE EQUALITY EFFECT

Title Design
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD
JACQUES BERTRAND SIMARD

Transcription
LORI HEATH
ERIN OAKES
CAROL PASTEN
ROBIN SPITTAL

Production Supervisor
ROZ POWER

Technical Coordinators
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPRISE
DANIEL LORD
CHRIS MACINTOSH

Assistant Editors
CHRIS MACINTOSH
CHERYL MURGATROYD
and
DAVE MULLINS
SANDI RANKADUWA

On-line Editor
DENIS PILON

Re-recording
SERGE BOIVIN

Marketing Managers
MELISSA WHEELER
AMANDA LAUKYS

Publicist
PATRICIA DILLON-MOORE

Production Coordinators
MYLÈNE AUGUSTIN
CHRISTINE WILLIAMS

Legal Counsel
DOMINIQUE AUBRY 

Studio Administrators
CAMILA BLOS
LESLIE ANNE POYNTZ

Executive Producer
ANNETTE CLARKE

Executive Director English Program
MICHELLE VAN BEUSEKOM

 

 



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