Marla Moore: Executive Director
Marla enjoys conjuring and serving up digital soul food in the form of songs, stories and films and empowering others to do the same. Her artistic expressions, classroom style and global activism connect the dots between spiritual breadcrumbs dropped by her ancestors and the divine human comedy playing out on the stages of modern day planet earth. Marla received a Bachelor's of Arts in Communications and Masters of Fine Art in Film degrees from Howard University. This education, rooted in celebrating the diverse beauty of the African Diaspora and community service, inspired her to provide a voice for marginalized people.Marla's achievements include the Paramount Pictures/Eddie Murphy Fellowship in Screenwriting, Maryland State Individual Artist Award in Screenwriting, Howard University Paul Robeson Award for Directing and the Princess Grace Film Honorarium.A charismatic and compassionate teacher, Marla enjoys the fifty-fifty growth that teaching provides. She has served as faculty member at Howard University, University of the District of Columbia and Bowie State. Marla puts twenty-five years of teaching and curriculum development into producing dynamic festivals, multi-cultural workshops, retreats and camps that offer creative writing, media making, art therapy, green living and wellness for participants of all ages and experience levels.
Marla's passion for international cultural exchange and outrage at the dearth of available technological and artistic training inspired the founding of the NGO division of Shouting Fire Media in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. In addition to providing media production services to local business and emerging artisans, Shouting Fire Media NGO facilitates innovative workshops that combine media training with community activism and engagement.
Mariama Camara, Esq. Educator and Curriculum Specialist
Madame Camara received her law degree from the University of Conakry and a Bachelors of Science degree from Samory Toure Lycee. Madame Camara's passion for education and social equality for persons of all economic strata led her to found the Jeune Volontaire et Courageux (JVC) Ecole (Young Courageous Volunteers School) in 1988. JVC, one of the first private primary schools in Guinea, is located in the heart of the capital Conakry in the Matam Bonfi District. This valuable fixture has served over 5000 graduates and their families.
Madame Camara's community outreach efforts include dramatic productions that address topics such as gender equality, teen pregnancy, education and civility. Her partnership with Guinea television station RTG resulted in an educational program featuring celebrity Fatima Traore also known as Tantie Pouponne.
JVC's dynamic curriculum and commitment to building student capacity has produced numerous successful graduates who contribute to the betterment of Guinean society including: Mohamed Kaba, Comptroller, Ministry of Finance; Ivonne Keita Nurse, State CHU; Donka Conakry and Moussa Camara, Guard Officer of the President of Guinea.
Kalil Youla: Computer Tech Teacher, IT Support and Photographer
Kalil is a Guinean-born IT Specialist, Photographer, Graphic Designer and Translator. He has provided technical support and training to numerous organizations and non profits including United Nations World Food Programme, Guinee224, Conakry International Airport, Primature Republic of Guinea and INET Service. Kalil earned his professional license in 2012 at the Université Libre de Guinée in Business and Computer Technology.
In addition to documenting our productions and programs, Kalil enjoys teaching Basic Photography to the youngsters in our programs.