Death of Two Sons

Director: Micah Schaffer
Country: USA and Guinea
Year: 2006
Running Time: 64 min.
Language: English, French, and Pulaar

Stunningly shot, this documentary examines the political, personal, and spiritual implications of the 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo and the death less than a year later of Jesse Thyne, an American Peace Corps volunteer, who lived and worked with Diallo’s family in his home village in Guinea.

About the Director

Micah Schaffer

micah_schafferBiography: After studying history and anthropology at Stanford University, Micah worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. While attending the Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO), he was inspired to become a filmmaker. Upon returning to the United States, he attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Micah directed several short documentaries, including Yahya, the story of a white American who converts to Islam while living in Brooklyn. Micah was the cinematographer on Shadows of a Leader: Gadaffi’s Female Bodyguards, an official selection at the Montreal World Film Festival. He is currently working on a documentary about Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Africa’s first female president.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Death of Two Sons (2007).

Filmography: 
Yahya;
Death of Two Sons (2006);
Rev (2009).