Cinema Dakar

Cinema Dakar is an educational program designed to teach African Children with disabilities how to use video production equipment to report local news stories.

We will...

  • Locate operations at Centre Talibou Dabo Disability School in Dakar, Senegal.
  • Work with middle & high school students with disabilities of all types and levels.
  • Engage students in hands-on curriculum to learn video production, news gathering techniques and job readiness skills.
  • Produce weekly video newscasts focused on disability issues.

The Instructor
Tom Haig - IRF Communications Director

  • Broadcast journalism instructor in Pullman, Washington; Dharamsala, India and Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Award-winning documentarian who has filmed in Albania, Bangladesh, China, England, France, Ghana, India, Nepal and the US.
  • Featured speaker on disability awareness at medical schools and conferences all over the US, Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Cum laude graduate in broadcast journalism from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communications.
  • Fluent in French, official language of Senegal.

The Budget

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Equipment ($3,000-5,000)

ALL Equipment will stay at the Centre Talibou Dabo. If you have equipment you can donate - please contact

  • High Speed Laptop (~$1500)
  • 3 Camcorders (~$300 ea)
  • 3 Tripods (~$125 ea)
  • Gear Bag (~$200)
  • 2 Zoom recording microphones (~$100 ea)
  • Miscellaneous electronics (~$200)

Travel Expenses ($8,000)

  • Airfare (~$2,000)
  • Local transportation (taxi/bus) ($1000)
  • Food/Shelter ($1,000/month for 5 months)

We Have Done This Before - AND IT WORKS!

Please take a quick peek at this video describing our 2016 project at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Center in Kathmandu, Nepal.


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