A Tale of Two Lands
Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo
Bacchus Wilson Panyonnoh, a 35-year-old palm oil worker, and Lee Sworh, a community activist, live in the remote forests of south-east Liberia. Both have been affected by the arrival of Golden Veroleum Liberia to build one of the country’s largest palm oil plantations. For Panyonnoh, it offers the chance of a better life but Sworh wants it off the land.
This project was a real challenge as our main camera (Sony F55) failed on us on the second day of a two week trip, meaning we had to revert to the Sony A7s mirrorless camera we had initially brought with us for a few low light scenes. I built a rig out of the bits that I could use from the F55 and shot the entire documentary with two lenses.