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STOP PRESS! Major articles on the film A letter to Geldof have featured in
The Telegraph, The Irish Independent on Sunday, The
Hackney Gazette, and on BBC Radio, Sound Radio and Voice of Africa
Radio, all in the past week! More major articles are scheduled as the
WORLDwrite centre has been inundated with press enquiries about this
A short 4-minute version of A letter to Geldof won the HypTV - Raindance
award judged by M & C Saatchi for "originality, pushing the boundaries
of film, concept and entertainment value".
Read the latest
amazing review of A letter to Geldof by Philip Moore from
DFGDocs, the largest documentary-specific organisation in the UK!
Read another great review of A letter to Geldof
by Catherine Airlie here.
Launch a huge success!
A letter to Geldof was
shown alongside Think BIG at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation
in London on Monday March 26th 2007 to an invited crowd. All proceeds after costs will be donated to the Ajumako-Bisease
Below are some of the comments made on the night:
"The saying that
one should never trust a white man was very much highlighted in the
film. Bob's dishonesty was vividly exposed and I think that should serve
as a reminder if not a lesson to local chiefs not only in Ghana but
Africa as a whole to be wary of future exploiters to Africa. This should
also serve as a warning to all the media houses in the western world to
stop and think before publicising productions of such nature as in the
case of BBC1 and Channel 4 who now seems to appear as victims. My
appreciation to the WORLDwrite crew in their effort in exposing such a
dubious activity by so-called Sir Bob Geldof."
Publisher, Sankofa Magazine
"It was quite eye-opening because, in the past when I
used to hear about Live8 and Bob Geldof, I always thought it was a huge
success, that is until I realised the depth of his betrayal to Bisease
Afusat Damilola Taiuso, Student
"Brilliant. A real wake-up call, as
WORLDwrite films always are. Can't believe the Geldof stuff and hope to
see outraged headlines soon! Well done everyone."
"Do you have a heart sir. If you do then please stick
to your promise. If it was you in the place they were in how would you
feel? Just sit and think and please help!"
Johndit Dimbu, Student
letter to Geldof is an interesting
documentary, which depicts the contradiction between poverty itself and
what we think poverty actually is."
"I think this documentary is very interesting because
it gives an insight on how people in Ghana really feel about what is
going on, it also shows how insensitive Geldof really is to not give
what he promised, he really disappointed those he promised and now they
are left with nothing which upsets me because it is a serious situation
but Geldof acts like it is nothing."
Charelle Samuels, Student
"I was amazed sir Bob took the role
and has so far failed to deliver any form of advice or financial help."
"Finally, a discussion about Africa that involves
Africans!! It is a shame 'Sir' Bob made himself unavailable for comment
- maybe another chief ceremony will entice him out of hiding?? Both
films were thought provoking and shown Africa in another light-away from
the usual AIDS, poverty, famine etc - well done!"
"A really refreshing perspective on
the pity politics that passes as 'development'. I know Geldof functioned
as a kind of symbol for the wider liberal Western approach, but I feel
there could have been more emphasis on the deeply engrained systemic
ways in which the 'south' is underdeveloped, rather than pinning it on
individual personality (but that's being very picky - I really enjoyed
both films), and of course you need characters to bring the issues
Mike Upton, Film
Student, Granda Centre for Visual Anthropology
"A letter to
Geldof is a good documentary that shows the way he betrayed the trust of
the Ghanaians. He betrayed the Ghanaians by not fulfilling his
promises, which the Ghanaians had held tight on since the last 3 years."
Buka Ojomu, Student
"What Geldof did was wrong, he should
keep to his promises and refrain from lying! If he could not do it – why
"Excellent thought provoking film."
Sylvia Arthur, Journalist, What's On
"I think that A letter to Geldof
was a very informative about what most people in the world are truly
about and what Ghana truly want. Ghana doesn’t want to be told what to
do or how to do it but instead be given a chance to develop Bisease into
a great place to be."
"A letter to Geldof - superb! It's interesting
to observe the naivety of Geldof considering his profile and experience.
The people of Bisease were in point with their expectations, and
disappointments, yet perversely the experience was humorous as they had
pointedly positioned themselves to benefit from his celebrity."
Steve Ofori, Accountant
"I think that this documentary opened
my eyes to Live8. I always thought that these type of charities were
doing the best for developing countries instead of being hypocrites and
dictating to the people that they are supposed to be helping."
"What an insight and exposť - time to get real about
Simon Belt, Technical Consultant,
Simply Better IT
believe this documentary really helped me to learn the truth about Bob
Geldof and find his true goal. I really liked this documentary and saw
different aspects of my country that I otherwise may not have known."