African Film Festival - Liberia 77
Film: Liberia 77
Director: Jeff Topham
For Jeff Topham and his brother Andrew, 70s Liberia was a childhood paradise of endless beaches, thick jungle – even a pet chimp. Their father worked for Exchem, a Canadian company that made explosives for the Liberian mining industry. He also took thousands of photographs – extensively recording not only an ex-pat family’s extraordinary African experience, but also unknowingly documenting a country and a people on the edge of destruction.
30 years later, and now both photographers themselves, Jeff and Andrew return to Liberia to revisit and re-shoot their childhood ‘Eden’. But what starts as a personal journey, exploring the connection between memory and photography, quickly evolves into something they didn’t expect.
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