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For young Ghanaian girls, Lydia, Tina, Hamdiatu and Esther enrol in the first aviation school for girls in West Africa. Their dream is to learn how to fly, and rise from their social conditions. Between the distant airstrip, the hangar and the classroom, the girls endure military training and realise that achieving their dream has a price. What does the reality and the issues behind this ambitious project look like?
Monika Grassl was born in Vienna in 1981. She studied Journalism and Communications and successfully concluded her studies in 2005 with a thesis about documentary cinema. After directing short films for the University TV channel, she wrote an analysis of Austrian documentary filmmaking for the Filmfonds Vienna. Additionally, she worked for OTKO Community TV, creating a monthly documentary series. Since December 2007, she has worked for documentary director Hubert Sauper and his production company Adelande Films in Paris. Since October 2008, she has been studying documentary filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden- Wurttemberg.