Freetown is a powerful new film that depicts the true story of missionaries in 1990 Liberia and their dangerous journey to escape the the civil war-torn region.
Filmed on location in West Africa, the film has been selected for the 2015 Pan African Film Festival, which is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent and building racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.
In this new behind-the-scenes featurette, Garrett Batty and Adam Abel, the film’s director and producer, talk about filming, lessons learned, and the early success of the film.
“I wanted to be able to be as authentic and real as possible,” said Batty.
“It had to be done in West Africa, where it took place, to do due justice to the story in which it is,” added Abel.
“There’s nothing small about this story. To see what these missionaries went through in a world that is completely different from our own, and yet to realize that their life lessons can be applied to my life in an entertaining valuable way, that to me is important,” Batty continued.
Batty is most known in the LDS community for another film about missionaries, The Saratov Approach. Abel is also remembered for producing Saints and Soldiers.
Freetown comes to theaters April 8. You can learn more about this project by visiting the film’s official Facebook page. The official trailer can be viewed below.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.