- Sorious Samura
Sorious Samura (born
1964) is an award-winning Sierra Leonean journalist. He is best known for two CNNdocumentary films: " Cry Freetown" (2000) and " Exodus from Africa" (2001). The self-funded "Cry Freetown" depicts the most brutal period of the civil war in Sierra Leonewith RUF rebels capturing the capital city (January 1999). The film won, among other awards, an Emmy Awardand a Peabody. "Exodus from Africa" shows the harrowing effort by the best of young African male blood to break through to Europe via death and danger ridden paths from Sierra Leone and Nigeria, via Mali, Saharadesert, Algeriaand Moroccothrough the Strait of Gibraltarto Spain.
In his recent two projects "Living with Hunger" and "Living with Refugees" (nominated for an Emmy award), he takes
reality televisionto its extreme, becoming the central character in the films by living the lifestyle of an Ethiopian villager and Sudanese refugeerespectively; in doing this he tries to break the boundary between "us" (the people watching on TV) and "them" (those before the camera) by becoming one of them (albeit for just a month). "Living with corruption", his latest documentary shown on CNN, describes the shocking reality of how corruption is spread across society both in Sierra Leone and Kenya, affecting mostly the poor.
Samura is also one of the directors of 'Insight News TV', an independent television production company in the
UKfocussed on international current affairs programming.
Samura attended the Methodist Boys High School in the east end of Freetown.
As of 2007he works in London, UK, and considers both London and Freetown his hometowns. [cite web
title =Profile of InsightNewsTV
accessdate = 2007-12-02]
* [http://www.cryfreetown.org Cry Freetown]
* [http://www.insightnewstv.com/d49 Return to Freetown]
* [http://www.sorioussamurasafrica.org/exodus.htm Exodus]
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