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Buy the Video Watch the Trailer Director Nancee Oku Bright in Dimeh, a traditional village in the interior of the country, home to her mother's people, the Gola
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Director Nancee Oku Bright in Dimeh, a traditional village in the interior of the country, home to her mother's people, the Gola
Ton Vriens, Grain Coast Productions
Film Credits and Bios

Nancee Oku Bright, Director/Producer
Nancee Oku Bright is a New York-based filmmaker who holds a doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University. She has made a number of other short ethnographic films on refugees in Sudan and on life in contemporary Liberia. Her book Mothers of Steel: The Life of Eritrean Refugee Women in Sudan will be published by the Red Sea Press. She is currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), where she works for the United Nations peacekeeping mission as chief of the Humanitarian Affairs Section, on leave from her position in New York as head of the Africa I Section of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She was born in Liberia, West Africa. This is her first documentary film.

Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, Producer and Editor
Jean-Philippe Boucicaut is an Emmy Award-winning editor with more than 15 years' experience in film and television. He co-produced and edited Secret Daughter for Frontline on PBS, winning a Dupont-Columbia Gold Baton and an Emmy, and edited episodes three and four of Africans in America, the winner of the 1999 Peabody Award. His most recent projects have been Russian Trinity, This Far by Faith, and Matters of Race.

Arnoud Hekkens, Producer
Arnoud Hekkens has worked as a writer and associate producer for Emmy Award-winning Thaxton Green Studios in Washington, D.C., on a number of documentaries broadcast on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, and Channel 4, including one about former U.S. first lady Lady Bird Johnson. He has also worked as a producer for Dutch and German public television and is producing a series of documentaries for TV DITS, an Amsterdam-based production company.

Hugh Purcell, Executive Producer
Hugh Purcell is head of history and a director of Cafe Productions, one of the top independent TV companies in the UK. Formerly managing editor of the BBC documentary TV department, between 1967 and 1994 he worked in both radio and television for the BBC. His films have won several awards, including BAFTA, ACE, and the TV Critics Awards, and have been shown on several of the main broadcast channels in Europe and the United States.

Zvi Dor-Ner, WGBH, Executive Producer
Zvi Dor-Ner is an award-winning executive producer currently working on World Story, an ongoing series of specials on modern world history. He was the originator and co-executive producer of 2000 Today/The Millennium Day Broadcast and executive produced the Peabody Award-winning series The People's Century. Other of Dor-Ner's executive producer credits include The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs; Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back; Columbus and the Age of Discovery; and War and Peace in the Nuclear Age.

Liberia: America's Stepchild
Film Credits

Written and directed by
Nancee Oku Bright

Produced by
Nancee Oku Bright
Jean-Philippe Boucicaut
Arnoud Hekkens

Jean-Philippe Boucicaut

Nancee Oku Bright

Ton Vriens

Associate Producer
Womi Edith Neal
Grischa Allan Duncker

Production Assistant
Nathan Turner

Music composed by
Miguel Picker
Hawah Daisy Moore
Miatta Fahnbulleh

Music research
Doughba Carmo Caranda
Christian "Nokofo" Nelson

On-line Editor
Gene Bone

Sound mix
Greg McCleary
Jeof Thurber
Deb Driscoll

Archival research
Amilca Palmer
Malinda Campbell
Cathleen O'Connell
Cynthia Jepambo
Thaxton Green Studios

Elwood Dunn
Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman
Patrick Burrowes
Kenneth Best
Ambassador Herbert Brewer

ABC News VideoSource
Lindsay Barrett
Lasse Berg
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Bright Family Collection
CBS News Archive
Coleman Family Collection
Crisis Publishing Company
David Graham DuBois
Griff Davis Productions
Harvard Map Collection
The Library Company of Philadelphia
Library of Congress Prints and Photograph Division
Maryland Historical Society
National Archives, Washington, D.C.
NBC News Archives
The New York Public Library Picture Collection
The New York Times
Ronald Reagan Library
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Swedish Television
UCLA Film Archives
United Nations Department of Public Information
United News
United States Agency for International Development
United States Department of Defense
United States Information Agency
The Washington Post
WGBH Archives
The WPA Film Library

Stephen Yekeson
Julianne Neal
Aprelle Neal

Special thanks to
Edith Goll Bright
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Willie Davis
Steve Fayer
Tom Friedman
Bob Gray
Sergio Vieira de Mello
Bjarte Thoreson, NORAD
Hilde Johansen, NORAD
Thore Hem, NORAD
Richard Bomboma, SIDA
Eva Vaihinen, SIDA
Ebrima Camara, UNHCR
Ellen Gurzinsky, Paul Robeson Fund
Kim Brice, Soros -- Open Society Institute
Timothy J. Bork, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Bai Tamia Moore Family
Ann Shumard
National Portrait Gallery
Zak Tucker
Paul Gordon
R. Emery Bright
Archie R. Bright
Suena Massaquoi
Lisa Veneklasen
Susan Krumplitsch
Carole Murphy
Jimmy Carwolo, UNHCR
Carmen Pryce Nasse
Glenn Scott Wright
Monica Connell
Adrian Mitchell
Eileen Keita
Janice Keunehlian
Hawah Goll Kotchi
Mickan Sundvik
Annika Sundvik
Dorothy Desir-Davis
Kwame Clement
Voffee Jabateh
Joe Mason
Adaora Ikenze
Mylissa Agustin
Patrice Brown, Chase Manhattan Bank
Eileen Darby
Manthia Diawarra
Mahen Bonetti
Mark Rappaport
Isaac Julien
Liesbeth Haak
Gbleh Wieh
Dee Goll
The people of Dimeh, Arthington, and Suehn

Executive Producer
Hugh Purcell


On-line Editor
Mark Steele

Gaye Korbet

Lisa Cerqueira
Johanna Baker
Natalie Braman

Production Secretary

Scott Limanek

Unit Manager
Travis Andersen

Coordinating Producer
Fay Sutherland

Executive Producer
Zvi Dor-Ner

Ford Foundation
Stratford Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Agnes Rein
National Black Programming Consortium
Paul Robeson Foundation

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