Liberia '77

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A tattered envelope of their Dad's old photos leads two Canadian brothers on an adventure in photography, memory, and culpability in the war torn African country of their childhood.

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A promise fulfilled...

Over 2000 photos have been submitted to the Liberia '77 project
 
When Vancouver filmmaker Jeff Topham returned to his childhood home in Liberia, a story documented in the Knowledge Network-commissioned film Liberia '77, he discovered more than distant, half-forgotten memories. He learned that most of the nation's photographs, family pictures, historical archives, and identity cards had been destroyed during decades of civil war.

Jeff, his brother Andrew, and producer Melanie Wood made a promise - to gather images from pre-war Liberia and return them to the National Museum in Monrovia. It's a promise they recently fulfilled. In November 2012 the trio went back to Liberia to mount an exhibition of some of the photos contributed to their website over the past 24 months, many of which came from people in British Columbia.
In a letter to supporters, Jeff describes the event:

"Thanks to all of you, the exhibition - Photo is Life - opened on November 23, 2012 at the National Museum of Liberia. We chose almost 100 prints to enlarge and print; along with a montage of over 300 4x6s and hung them on the walls of the somewhat refurbished 2nd floor Someone said they had never seen that many people in the Museum in, well, ever. The evening had some great moments (a young man recognized his father in one of my dad's group shots of the Exchem crew taken back in 1977) and was everything we hoped it could have been. We hope the photos remain on the walls of the Museum for awhile, so that more Liberians will have a chance to see them."
Do you have a photo from Liberia? You can contribute at liberia77.com
Liberia '77

A tattered envelope of their Dad's old photos leads Canadian brothers on an adventure in photography, memory, and culpability in the war-torn African country of their childhood.

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