MAG’s life-saving work in Angola

MAG America will premiere their new documentary short film, Surviving the Peace: Angola on February 13 in Washington DC at the Goethe Institute, details here. Find out more about MAG’s work in Angola in the MAG Angola Country Report video (posted in August 2012):

MAG America’s Marketing Manager, Patricia Loria, recently shot the second Surviving the Peace film in Angola, where she was able to experience the real life danger of landmines first hand. While in Angola, she interviewed MAG’s Technical Field Manager, Jeff Mazziotta, and Community Liaison Manager, Evaristo Cambembe. Jeff and Evaristo discuss MAG’s work in Angola and how support from both governments and individual donors is critical for them to continue their life-saving work.”

Elevate, the documentary, screens at the Luanda International Film Festival

Elevate, an English language documentary directed by Anne Bufford, screens this evening at 6pm at the Luanda International Film Festival. The festival is taking place at Cine Atlantico.


The SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, sits on a small plot of land leased from the government. There, the best young basketball players from across West Africa gather to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training. For those who stand out, the potential reward is huge: full scholarships to the top prep schools in the United States, where the right combination of skill and dedication will earn them a great education, pave the way to college, and open the door to basketball at the NCAA level… and maybe even a shot at the NBA.

ELEVATE follows four young men who make the cut, receive scholarships, and head off to the USA. Filmed over four years and across two continents, ELEVATE documents the daunting challenges they face, from the alienation that comes with being a seven foot tall Muslim at a Christian prep school (in an American culture rife with African stereotypes) to mastering English, adapting to aggressive American-style basketball… and navigating the vagaries of highschool, girls, and drivers ed.