BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
Iron Ladies

Iron Ladies of Liberia

Iron Ladies of Liberia
USA / 2007 / 53 min
Daniel Junge & Siatta Scott Johnson
Africa's first female elected president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, runs Liberia after a long civil war


After being elected in 2005, Johnson-Sirleaf engages in the difficult task of rebuilding a country in turmoil. Her government includes women in many key positions. Their challenges include demanding relationships with international powers, corruption and inefficient bureaucracy, and looming, potentially violent, internal conflicts. This is an intimate portrait of the president and her government, from behind the scenes, during the first year of pragmatic and diplomatic governance.

Daniel Junge & Siatta Scott Johnson

Daniel Junge had his feature-length directorial debut with CHIEFS (2002), which won the award for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also won four regional Emmy's for COMMON GOOD (2005), a six-part series on social entrepreneurs.

Siatta Scott-Johnson has five years of experience as a reporter and producer at DCTV, one of Liberia's few broadcast television stations, and is a founding member of Omuahtee Africa Media. IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA is her debut feature documentary.