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Dorcas is using the difficulties of her past to empower others.
Dorcas Pewee is a young Liberian woman who lost her family in Liberia's civil war and until recently was living on the street, struggling to make ends meet. However, she enrolled in the Accountability Film School and she discovered that she had a talent and passion filmmaking as a way to tell her to tell her story and advocate for change. Within a few weeks, she learned the skills to create her own low-budget documentaries and produced one called "Tell It" about a sexual harassment in high schools in Liberia- an issue she has suffered from personally. Last year,the film was shown at Liberia’s first film festival, where it won the viewers' choice award for it’s ability to inspire people to speak up and create change in society. Dorcas then developed her technical filmmaking skills to the point that she was able to teach a session of the Accountability Film School, specifically for girls – teaching them how to share their stories and voice their concerns in way that can raise awareness and provoke change.
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