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Personal Reaction from George Bamu Someone is telling the story about change in AfricaIron Ladies of Liberia 30th Denver Starz Film Festival. Nov 15th, 2007 The premier of the Iron Ladies of Liberia at the 30th Denver Film Festival was nothing short of spectacular. Watching the depictions of the reconstruction of Liberia’s institutions of government after years of civil war, and human and physical destruction was a relief. The film was mixed with a little fun about how much the citizens have to work themselves up to bring about change, the governments’ attendance to citizen expectations about change, and also the portrayal of the Iron Ladies, represented in the head of state, President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and her cabinet, as tough-minded and ready to make change happen. Even though there are still threats to the stability of the nation from disgruntled and disenchanted citizens, at least, things appear to be moving in the right direction. That is what we are told in the film. What this film says about change in Africa There is assistance coming in from donor organizations such as the World Bank and also from China and the USA. Most important is Liberia’s transformation back to democracy and the restoration of the rule of law and freedom of expression. Citizens are able to challenge the government and ask for redress of their grievances. The press is becoming free and can play its role as the distributor of information. The government is able to maintain order, a crackdown on corruption, and mismanagement, and protect its citizens against unscrupulous forces that threaten daily life. How long before we see another war. In my estimation, it would be a while before Liberia fully stands on its own again — but at the very least, some normalcy exists in the current setup. I wish Liberia the very best as it strives for peace and security. Q& A session after watching: My question to Producer Henry Ansbacher When I asked producer Henry Ansbacher during a Q&A session why he decided to produce the movie, his reaction was quick. He said they wanted to show that the transformation of Liberia after years of the civil war was real and that it was a good thing. He stated that he thought the world needed to know that change in Liberia was important not just for Liberia but for the rest of the world. My rating of The Iron Ladies of Liberia Overall, this was an excellent film. I give it an A score.