Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story

Jessica Vale / 2014 / 85’/ USA / HD / COLOR
In December 2012, Olivia Zinnah died of complications from a rape injury caused when she was seven years old. This is her story.

Small Small Thing begins at JFK Hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Olivia Zinnah is 9 years old, and suffering from a life threatening condition. Believing her injuries to be the result of witchcraft, Olivia's mother had been hiding her for years. The doctors conclude her condition is the result of a brutal rape that took place when Olivia was 7 years old. When pressured to reveal her rapist, Olivia names her cousin. This diagnosis has severe consequences. Originally from deep in the Liberian jungle, Olivia and her mother are shunned from their tribe for seeking outside help. They are left stranded in Monrovia at the mercy of President Sirleaf's government and the international community, facing the most difficult decision of all. What price are they willing to pay for justice?


Jessica Vale

Jessica Vale is an American non-fiction television producer and editor based in New York. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jess graduated from the film program at Temple University. Her credits include work for NBC News, CBS News, National Geographic, History Channel, The Weinstein Co., and more. She is member of the NYC chapter of Film Fatales.

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