The Rescue List

Feature length documentary in production


Freed from slavery on the largest manmade lake on earth, a courageous teenager asks his rescuers to return for his best friend,
setting in motion a gripping journey that changes the boys’ lives forever.

The Rescue List - Synopsis

The Rescue List intimately follows the lives of two boys living in a Ghanaian safehouse as social workers help them recover from a childhood enslaved to fishermen on Lake Volta. But their story takes an unexpected turn when their rescuer embarks on another rescue mission.

Twelve year old Edem is haunted by the memory of his best friend who disappeared on the lake, but he’s reluctant to open up. As the social workers encourage him to talk, they decide to enact an intervention that could help him come to terms with his grief. Meanwhile, seventeen year old Peter is burdened by a sense of responsibility to help to his best friend Teye, who is still enslaved to their fishing master. 

Kwame, a commanding thirty year old Ghanaian man - whose own childhood was stolen on Lake Volta - is part of a team dedicated to freeing and rehabilitating trafficked children. When Kwame announces that his team is setting off on another rescue mission, Peter asks him to rescue his best friend. Kwame adds his name to THE RESCUE LIST, setting in motion a journey that will change the boys’ lives forever. 

The Rescue List charts the unfolding drama of these rescue operations alongside a moving portrait of the boys’ recoveries as they prepare for reunification with their families. By doing so, the film tells a moving story of friendship and courage - a story that transcends the trope of victimhood and illustrates what it means to love and to survive.