Storyville: Because of the War
Scribe Video Center
3908 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Because of the War (2018, 63 mins) directed by Toni-Shapiro-Phim
In both North America and West Africa, four Liberian women have been using their music to address injustice and inspire action for social change. Survivors of Liberia’s civil wars, they are accomplished, brilliant singers – mothers, refugees, immigrants, Africans – who haven’t stopped contributing positively to the world, no matter the obstacles. Because of the War documents the power of traditional songs to make meaningful connections between and among people, and to help re-build communities impacted by violence and migration. This film was produced by The Philadelphia Folklore Project.
Toni Shapiro-Phim received a PhD in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. Her dissertation, books and other publications focus on the history and cultural context of dance and music around the world, particularly in relation to violence, migration, conflict transformation and gender concerns. Toni serves as Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project where she conducts ethnographic research, curates exhibitions and produces performances, humanities forums and publications highlighting aspects of the cultural practices of Philadelphia’s diverse communities. Because of the War is her first film.