3+ years in the making, the upcoming feature documentary, Small Small Thing – directed by Jessica Vale, produced by Nika Offenbac and Jessica Vale, and co-produced by Barnie Jones – is the story of a mother and daughter in Liberia, who find themselves caught between tradition and modernity, when it is discovered that the 9-year-old had been brutally raped 2 years prior.
The film begins with the discovery of a nine year old girl in the hospital, severely malnourished and handicapped. Believing the cause of her injuries to be witchcraft, the village elders (and her mother) hide the girl for 2 years as her condition worsens. A visiting medical team draws the conclusion that she was brutally raped. The film follows the journey over the course of the next 9 months, as the life of this little girl and her mother, shunned from their village for seeking outside help.
Shooting is complete, and the filmmakers successfully raised $32,000 earlier this year, in completion funds. It's currently in post-production.
According to UN statistics in 2012, rape is still the #1 crime in Liberia, despite President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's efforts (and Nobel Peace Prize); the majority of the victims are said to be children – some as young as 2 years old.
Small Small Thing is the result of their investigations by the filmmakers, revealing what they call "an intricate web of corruption, adventure and hope."
There's a lot more to this story, so feel free to visit the project's website HERE.
The film will likely debut on the festival circuit in 2013.
Watch the promo/fundraising video below: