The Rescue List | Denver Film Society | Alyssa Fedele | Zachary Fink | Ghana

The Rescue List

Alyssa Fedele, Zachary Fink

Twi, Ada, Fante, Ga, Ewe, Efutu, EnglishEnglish SubtitlesGhana201881 min


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When construction of the Akosombo Dam was completed in 1965, it created a major source of hydroelectric power for Ghana and an expanded fishing industry on the resulting manmade lake, Volta—which has spawned a network of child slaves living and working on the water in horrifyingly dangerous conditions. While their exact number is unknown, estimates put it anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000.

Directors Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink set out to document the efforts by a group of social workers to liberate and rehabilitate children caught (sometimes literally) in the net of Lake Volta’s fisheries. The result is this engrossing exposé, which follows two boys, Peter and Edem, from their rescue to a safe house—where they acclimate to freedom, attend school for the first time, and prepare to reunite with the biological families who sold them into slavery and their chosen families alike. As their individual stories transcend the trope of victimhood to illustrate what it means to love and to survive, a collective tale of bravery, resilience, and the true meaning of family emerges.

Director Alyssa Fedele will be in attendance for the Fri. Nov. 2nd and Sat. Nov. 3rd screenings.

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Producer: Zachary Fink, Alyssa Fedele, Davis Coombe | Editor: Alyssa Fedele, Davis Coombe | Cinematographer: Zachary Fink

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