Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque

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Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque founded Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) in 2002 with Benjamin Peterson.[1] Sicotte-Levesque has also worked as a Radio Producer for the United Nations radio in Sudan (Radio Miraya).[2] A programme she produced, Our Peace, was awarded a Radio for Peacebuilding Award by Search for Common Ground.[3] She also worked as the Country Director for the BBC World Service Trust in Sudan.[4]

Sicotte-Levesque has a BA in International Studies from Vassar College[5] and a MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).[4]

In 2006 she was awarded a Global Youth Fellowship from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation [11] which allowed her to direct and produce the documentary film When Silence is Golden][6] (in French: Le Silence est d'Or).[7] The film follows the director in her quest to lift the silence on the gold mining activities of a Canadian mining company near a small town in Western Ghana. Through her journey, we meet the inhabitants of this town who, despite efforts by the government to silence them, cannot hide their anger and are eager to express their grievances.[8] The French version of the film received an honourable mention at the 2009 Panafrica (Vues d'Afrique) Festival in Montreal.[9]

Sicotte-Levesque is working on a second documentary film titled The Waiting Room: Sudan at crossroads due for release in 2012.[10]

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