I’m happy to say I’ve started making some connections with media organisations in Bristol, the first being with the fantastic Bristol Cable – www.thebristolcable.org who are a co-operative owned hyper local paper and website. This is the future of how media can operate – owned by the people and catering to their needs. The cable do in depth investigative pieces, with several national scoops under their belt. One of these is the story that I edited a short video for this week, about the Police using IMSI catchers, a worrying new surveillance technique. Watch the video below and follow the link for the campaign, this is important stuff:
Following on from my previous post on the 16th about the UNLEASH lab, what we are now currently editing is a pretty major piece of work. Once again to have to hand it to the Danish for having a foresight and guts to commission us to do something out of the box, for an out of the box event.
In addition to the conference videos which is a prerequisite for an event like this, they agreed to commission us to make an in depth piece – a 30 minute doc about one character. We chose Daniel. Daniel is a refugee from Burundi, who now lives in Kenya. There he lives in Kakuma refugee camp, where he has been for over 8 years.
As a result of some deep diplomatic negotiations between the Kenyan and Danish governments, they managed to get him over for UNLEASH. This gave him the opportunity to develop and pitch his idea to give refugees access to higher education inside the camps.
We’re currently in the edit, with the full piece coming out in early 2018…
Back in August, in collaboration with Daniel Oxenhandler + Will Sloan AKA Network Affect and the Collaboratorium, Copenhagen, we were given the opportunity of producing films for a completely unique event.
UNLEASH was an innovation lab, the most incredible thing about it was it’s truly global reach and demographic. 1000 people from all around the world, every single one of them a specialist in one of the UN sustainability goals – they were brought to Denmark and spent an intensive 10 days working out potential solutions to reaching these goals, which include access to clean water, access to education and food production. The event was organised by UNDP in association with Dalberg, the Carlsberg Foundation, Aarhus University, Deloitte and many many others.
Here’s a link to the recap videos, and currently in production is the most exciting part of our work for it – a 30 minute doc about Daniel from Burundi, but more about that in the next post.
Really enjoying shooting some short form video docs for online, a good opportunity to get interesting stories out to the World, and particularly appreciated by the YouTube generation.. Here’s a recent one – a piece that Zinc Media recently commissioned me to do about Growing Underground – a salad farm in a disused World War II tunnel in Clapham, London. It’s already had almost 400,000 views!
The future of farming is underground
Posted by Zinc on Monday, October 30, 2017
Just arrived in Copenhagen where I’m going to be working with the great folks at the Collaboratorium and Network Affect for the coming weeks, including a session at CPH/DOX documentary film festival.
Here’s a piece we made in Boston back in October last year, now time to bring on the next phase.
One of the key projects that I was working on this year in Rio was about the growing hip hop ‘roda de rima’ scene in the city, mainly in the peripheria of the city. Most nights of the week, young up and coming artists meet at self organized events, rhyming about the various issues that affect their lives, including Police violence, inequality, education, transportation, gangs and violence. Primarily a film project, to run soon, I have also been shooting a photo story on the subject, and this week in collaboration with John Surico and Angela Almeida, some of the photos from the piece and a great text were published in Vice.
Read the article here: http://www.vice.com/read/rio-brazil-rap-police-violence-roda-de-rima-protest-brutality
and here are a few of the shots that didn’t make the article but which are some of my personal favourites
The Google local guides Rio guide video is now live! This was a great project to work on, another collaboration with Daniel Oxenhandler- showing some of the lesser know sites in Rio, and pleased to give this fantastic city, which has a special place in my heart, some more good press, as I think recently is has been lacking, don’t believe the hype! Millions of people live here everyday without getting Zika, getting shot, mugged or poisoned by the water.
The video I made with Daniel Oxenhandler / Network Affect, is now live on AJ+, it’s about a music school in a favela who have been doing their own Olympic marathon…
With the Olympics now in full swing, most of the city is either concentrating on having a good time, watching the sport, or trying to get on with their daily lives in the midst of it all.. Meanwhile, wedged in between the lively and popular ‘Austria House’ and Rio Sul shopping centre, the OcupaMinc collective have created a new space, a follow on from the Ministry of Culture, which was occupied for 70 days in protest of the cutting of this cultural institution, and making the statement Fora Temer – for interim President Michel Temer to step down, in the light of the impeachment of Dilma Roussef.
The new space is the Canecao – a famous music venue that hosted hundreds of national and international artists for their shows in Rio, a beloved place to many, it has been left empty for years, and now the aim is to breathe new life into the space, and use it as a place for independent cultural activities, discussion, protest. I’m currently working with John Surico and Angela Almeida on an article about the movement and the new wave of young activists in a politically instable Brazil, in addition to a collaborative film (more about that soon) Watch this space… Here a few shots from the opening night on Thursday:
A shot from the Olympic protests on Friday, Vice didn’t run it, but I think it’s one of the most powerful – a group of young, masked protesters burn a Brazilian flag.
Rocinha, largest favela in South America, place of extremes, but also the day to day life of hundreds of thousands, getting on with their lives like anyone else. Seen here one of the key water systems of the community, poor quality, tiny outdated pipes run hundreds of liters a day to nearby houses.
Multibloco playing at a Festa Junina (June Fayre) in the famous bohemian district of Lapa, Rio de Janiero. In some ways like a second Carnival, the Festa Juninas see Brazilians dressing up like countryside ‘hicks,’ eating traditional food, and dancing, mostly to Forró.
Meanwhile, in Mato Grosso do Sul, the ongoing land conflict between the Guarani and farmers continues. What is being referred to as the Caarapó Massacre by local campaigning groups, on June 14th, one death of Clodiode Aquileu Rodrigues de Souza, and several serious injuries occurred to Guarani villagers, including a 12 year old boy who took a bullet, hitting vital organs (thankfully he is making a good recovery). Allegedly this happened at the hands of land owners involved in a long, ongoing dispute about land in the region. On assignment for the Guardian with Bruce Douglas, we investigated the situation, aiming to get to the bottom of what is happening, why, and what the chances are of a resolution between the two sides.
Here’s a couple of the out-takes, the full article will be published next week.
1st June 2016 in Rio de Janeiro – Thousands of women, joined by some men, marched in central Rio de Janeiro alongside other cities in Brazil, to demand more respect for women and recognition throughout, what is in some ways a macho country. The march was also in reaction to a brutal gang rape last week in Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, where the suspects posted a video of the assault on social media, the events have shocked the country.