Almass Badat, Freelance – reporting from India
Almass is a freelance creative director, radio presenter and writer from London. Since graduating in English Literature in 2012, Almass’ work explores travel, arts & entertainment and current affairs from an altruistic perspective. Combining her love for film, music and colour, she loves getting stuck into everything creative.
Chao Jiang, Goldsmiths, University of London – reporting from China
Born in Zhejiang, China. Chao finished her BA degree in media studies at the University of East Anglia. Having various internships in TV stations and production companies, Chao found herself obsessed with documentaries. She is now an MA Screen documentary student at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Fernando González Mitjáns, UCL – reporting from Colombia
Fernando is currently completing his MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at UCL’s Anthropology Department. His background in Social Sciences and Cultural Studies informs a visual practice centered on the topics of culture, migration and identity. Originally from Cuba, he lived and studied in Brazil before relocating to London.
Isla Gordon-Crozier, Royal Holloway, University of London – reporting from Mexico
Isla is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Documentary Film Making at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is also a part-time producer in commercials and fashion advertising. She studied for her undergraduate degree in Photography at Pratt Institute, New York, and was awarded the President’s Award Scholarship in 2006.
Joe Sartorius, Goldsmiths, University of London – reporting from Palestine
Joe is a documentary filmmaker. Originally from Birmingham, he studied European Literature and Culture at Leeds and Cambridge before beginning to work in the audiovisual medium. He is particularly interested in making films that investigate the relationships between unusual spaces and the people that inhabit them.
Lisa Clifford, Freelance – reporting from DRC/Rwanda
Lisa is a freelance journalist and documentary maker who uses the power of film to tell the untold stories of people living in places where the rule of law has broken down.
Ruth Wright, Freelance – reporting from Brazil
Ruth is a London filmmaker with a long-standing love of Brazil. Hosting Rio 2016 is a huge opportunity for the country but she wants to look at what the Games will mean for its citizens. So she is making a short documentary film about a young athlete who hopes to be the first ever indigenous Brazilian to represent his country at the Olympics.
Anna Wistreich, Goldsmiths – reporting from Tanzania
Anna is a filmmaker with a particular interest in issues regarding gender, sexuality and the body. Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, she studied a BA in Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen before relocating to London to study for an MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths.
Tatsiana Yanutsevich, Royal Holloway, University of London – reporting from Russia
Belarusian by nationality, Tatsiana has lived in five countries in the last five years. Over several years of media studies, BBC training and work experience in TV and Radio outlets, she has found her passion in telling the complex stories of real people.
Alec Herron, University of Salford, Manchester
Rugby in the Favela
Alec joined in one of the rugby training sessions and visited the four brothers responsible for setting up the project at their Cantagalo favela home.
Chigozie Ubangu, Birmingham City University
Chigozie Ubanugu travels to Nigeria to find out about the rise of female entrepreneurs and how they are contributing towards the Nigerian economy. Chigozie received our production fund for his media project in 2014.
David Shih-Wei Fang, Royal Holloway, University of London
What I was Born For
Should those in poverty who can’t afford proper pet care be allowed to have pets? Why take on the added responsibility? David Fang reports from South Africa.
Dominik Sipinski, Swansea University
A Permanent Crisis in the Desert
The fate of 125 thousand Saharawi refugees in western Algeria has created a insolvable humanitarian conundrum with little long-term aid. Dominik Sipinski reports from the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria.
Erik Hoffman, City University, University of London
The life and ambition of a young Ghanaian boxer, fighting his way to the world stage. Nana Yaw is not in it for the money, but out of passion for the sport and his mother.
Fizah Tahir, University of Salford
I'm a Muslim and a Model
Despite the two contradictory life choices, in an interview shot on mobile phones and a GoPro, this Muslim family from South Africa explain how you can be religiously modest in Islam and a model.
Gerardo Lemos Mendoza, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham
People’s Passion directed and edited by Gerardo Lemos, tells the story of America Futbol Club, a club own now these days by its fans that rescued the club from disappearing.
Iris Lebrun, Royal Holloway, University of London
Iris meet Mrs Lesiba when she went to South Africa. Find out how she makes a living in the township in the face of hostilities towards transsexuals.
Julia Dahr, Goldsmiths University, University of London
Kisilu: I start with myself
Kisilu is invited to Norway to share his experiences with climate change after an NGO saw Kisilu's videos from 2011.
Lucy Walton, University of Salford, Manchester
Soweto township children set to become international athletes
Two junior riders from Soweto Equestrian Centre, Johannesburg have been selected to represent South Africa at the World Equestrian Games in France this September.
Michael Ertl, University of Westminster, university of London
Bolivian Child Workers
From an outside perspective, the prevalence of child labour in Bolivia may be considered unethical. Michael speaks to Reuben Gutierrez, an active member of Bolivia's trade union for adolescents and children, on why they are fighting for their 'right to work.'
Mohamed Ahmed, University of Bolton
Bunna (coffee) is an integral part of social and cultural life in Ethiopia. Mohamed travels to Ethiopia to find out more about coffee ceremonies.
Neil Kingston, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham
Hitchhiking to the Premier League
A documentary through the eyes of a young Mongolian footballer trying to make it to the English Premier League. Here we see the obstacles that block his path on a rocky road towards achieving success.
Rittikorn Mahakachaporn, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
The Unsung Rice Story
Rittikorn travels to Thailand to find out why one farmer has shunned chemicals to produce rice organically.
Stephanie Beeston, Goldsmiths University, University of London
Steph travels to Manila where she finds that in the heart of the Philippine capital, a public cemetery provides a place of rest not just for the dead, but for 7000 living residents as well.
Xinwei Cui, Royal Holloway, University of London
No Sex For Fish
Xinwei travelled to Kisumu, Kenya, around Lake Victoria, to meet learn about the practice of Jaboya - women having sex with fishermen in exchange for food. In these communities, fishing is a primary source of income. Many of the women are fish traders, but with no other means of income to pay for the fish, many women resort to Jaboya.
Cidado do Povo: A new city for Brazil's poor
An enourmous new city for low-income families recently welcomed its first 800 new residents in the Amazonian state of Acre in Brazil. Whilst many seem happy to move into this new purpose-built city, there are concerns that forcibly moving poor families outside of the city will increase existing inequalities.
Yasmine Dinana, University of Westminster, University of London
Nubia: Who Am I?
Over three million Nubians live in Egypt, and after 50 years of displacement they finally gain recognition in the new Egyptian constitution.
Yleni Gostoli, School of African and Oriental Studies
Ramallah's Tech Bubble
Indigenous People Exist
Zaneta travels to Acre state in northwest Brazil to meet the Huin Kuī people also know as Kaixnawá to learn about place in Brazilian society.
Waiting For Dusk (film) - Abdulateef Al-Metwali, Royal Holloway, University of London
This film follows the lives of two young Syrian refugees stuck on the wrong side of the border - in Turkey. Their land can be seen, but remains out of touch.
Subjakarta (film) - Jack Bartrop, University of Sussex
SubJakarta follows Indische Party, an Indonesian rock' n 'roll band based in Jakarta. Jack followed the band as they prepared for the launch of their debut album, the first stepping stone towards reaching an audience outside their own community and country.
Fly, Ethiopia (film) - Bill Thisdell, Royal Holloway, University of London
In Ethiopia, women consistently face unequal opportunities – most remain poorly educated housewives. But the country's national airline is a world-class operation, literally soaring above the nation’s troubles. So, it’s no surprise that both young men and women dream of working there.
Militantes (film) - James Craig, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
James travelled to Argentina to uncover the story of three young Militantes - youth activists committed to ideological missions - as they campaigned for the Argentinean Congressional elections of October 2013.
Meeting Sheku (film) - Tom Dale, Bournemouth University
Sheku grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone but fled his hometown in search of a better life following the civil war in the 1990s. After several years spent searching for a place to call home, he now lives and works in The Gambia. Sheku talked to Tom about his work as a tailor and how he was given a helping hand.
Mamis: A Family Portrait (film) - Virginia Fuentes,London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Viriginia travelled to Cuba to meet the women of two families, Violeta, Isabel, Tamara and Yoana, who are tired of being treated as second-class citizens. Mamis is a story about how these women live their lives despite societal prejudices in Cuba.
Zoje Prendi's Storty (film and multimedia) - Joshua Longmore, Bournemouth University
For Zoje Prendi, an 82-year-old ethnic Albanian woman from Gjakove Municipality, there is no forgiveness for Kosovo's Serbs following the war of 1999. She lives in the south-west of the country, not far from the Albanian border, in a village calld Meje. Her story is one of the tragedy, loss, bitterness and hatred. This is part of a wider multimedia project exploring ethnic tensions in Kosovo.
Rising Hope (film) - Marie Vejvodova, University of Westminster, University of London
Marie travelled to Hanoi to make her documentary on how street children are turning their life around with the help of entrepreneur Jimmy Phan under the KOTO (Know One, Teach One) programme. To read about the subjects behind Marie's film, click here and to see photos she took during the process of filming her documentary, click here.
Homecoming: Rising From the Ashes (film) - Jonnel Benjamin, Leeds Trinity University
Jonnel's homecoming was a little out of the ordinary; she returned to Monserrat, an island devastated by volcanic eruptions, after 18 years of living abroad. Her documentary looks at how island life has changed for those who have been living there since the first eruption in 1995. Below is a slideshow of images Jonnel took whilst filming
Rising House Prices in Maputo/ Reverse Brain-Drain (print and audio) - Verity Ratcliffe, City University, University of London
Verity travelled to Mozambique to explore how migration has affected both rental prices and wages for local Mozambicans. To read about and listen to her audio feature on how Mozambicans feel about the arrival of medically trained Portugese migrants, click here. To read her piece on the soaring house prices in Maputo, click here.
A World Without Men (film) - Monika Petkeviciute, Royal Holloway, University of London
Monika travels to the mountain village Dzoragyugh in Armenia, where she meets some of the women who are keeping the village going after the men leave from summer to autumn to find work in Russia.
Halfway - Roma inclusion in Serbia (print and photo) - Petra Zivic, University of Westminster, University of London
Petra travelled to Serbia to document how the Roma are being included in Serbian society, and whether education is the best way to do this. To read her account of the situation, click here and to view her photo essay on the subject, click here.
Nirvana and Pulp: A Story of Scrapped CDs (film) - Kunlu Li, University of Westminster, University of London
For most people in China during the '80s and '90s, scrapped CDs were the main source of getting diverse music. Many famous Chinese musicians, producers and editors today all had experience of selling and buying them. Kunlu Li charted the journey of the CDs from the West to China, where they are treasured by many people.
Bosnia's Baby Revolution (film) - Julia Chapman, City University, University of London
The war in Bosnia ended less than 20 years ago, leaving a fragile and complicated system of government in its wake. Ongoing arguments between the country's main ethnic groups led to a stalemate, preventing ID numbers being allocated to newborn babies - causing protests dubbed the 'Baby Revolution'. Julia travelled to Bosnia to show how the 'Baby Revolution' has proved its citizens are struggling to find a voice.
Motorbike Midwife (film) - Masumi Higashi, Royal Holloway, University of London
Motorbike Midwife reveals the herculean efforts of a fearless nurse as she rides a motorbike across the upper east region of Ghana to save mothers’ and babies’ lives.
Fighting for Peace (Multimedia) - Melanie Brown, University of Sussex
Sadaf Rahimi is a female boxer. She has gained a wild card place in the London Olympics. Not so unusual, except she is an Afghan girl from Kabul. This photo-film explores what it is like to push the boundaries in a country where women’s participation in sports is rare.
Madam Kazmi and the Taxi Drivers (film) - Anca Dimofte, Royal Holloway, University of London
Madam Kazmi is the first and only female taxi driver in Pakistan. This is the story of an extraordinary character who is challenging Pakistan's attitude towards women just by sitting behind the wheel of her cab.
The Women of Umoja / Dating in the Desert (film/online) - Lottie Gross, Bournemouth University
These two short films look at a village in Kenya that is only for women, and how marital relationships develop among people living in rural areas in Northern Kenya. Click here to follow Lottie's blog.
Retomada (Photojournalism) - Phil Clarke-Hill, University of Westminster
Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sugarcane, but the industry has come under fire from campaigners who report instances of bonded labour and plantations causing deforestation. This photo essay documents the Brazilian sugar industry.
Stadium Hotel (film) - Joshua Hughes, London College of Communication
This is a short documentary on the Nigerian music scene that emerged in the 60s and 70s in Lagos, showing the amazing environment in which many of these musicians continue to work and produce music. This film was supported by See Africa Differently.
The Puttalam Principle (film) - Dan Holmes, University College Falmouth
Three years on from Sri Lanka's brutal civil war, this documentary tells the story of Raja, a Tamil man who is the headmaster of a Sinhalese school.
Being Black in a Country Without Blackness (film) - Chuck Sturtevant, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester
Bolivia is generally understood as a country where indigenous rights and cultures stand in opposition to western values. But recently, Afro-Bolivian dance groups have begun to express their 'impossible' identities through their dance. This documentary tells their story.
Breaking the Chains (film) - Erminia Colucci, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester
The practice of using shackles and chains (known in Indonesia as pasung) to physically restrain persons with mental illness is widespread in Indonesia. This documentary looks at how people in the country are working to eradicate it.
Almost Famous (film) - Vincent Hai Du, Goldsmiths
This film looks at the largest and most successful rock music education centre in China. Through following three children who are learning to be rock stars, it explores the dreams and aspirations of China's next generation.
Dancing the Revolution (film) - Vaida Blazyte, University of Ulster
This is a glance into the lives of 'colourless' African artists – members of the Albino Revolution Cultural Troupe in Tanzania, fighting against stigmatization and killings of people with albinism through performing arts. This film was supported by See Africa Differently.
Female Bomb Disposal Teams Of Cambodia (film/online) - Emma Fry, University College Falmouth
In the predominately male-dominated job of landmine clearance, women are often overlooked. This film will follow an all-female landmine clearance team in Cambodia. Click here to see the film and read Emma's blog.
The Old Man And The Country That Wasn’t There (film) - Owen Evans, Bournemouth University
Haji Abdi Warabe is the oldest man in his country. People come from afar to listen to him. Somaliland is unrecognised by the UN - it doesn’t exist to the rest of the world. This film addresses the hopes, fears, and dreams of a nation in waiting.
Suffragette City (film) - Phillip Wood, Leeds Trinity University College
Women's rights are a major issue across the autonomous Iraqi-Kurdistan region. As the Kurdish government rebuilds after years of conflict, this documentary looks at the advances of equal rights there.
Bombay Fight Night (film) - Jasleen Sethi, National Film and Television School
Inside a Bollywood movie studio, two men are preparing to fight in front of a large crowd. But this isn’t a scene from a Bollywood film. This is the start of an ultimate fighting event, now popular with Mumbai's fashionable middle class.
Chana's Way (film) - Juan Fernandez, Royal Holloway, University of London
Sabino is a humble peasant from Manto Parpay, a small community isolated in the Peruvian Andean mountains. He works hard to support his daughter Roxana, who lives in a shelter, so she can go to school. While Sabino is working Roxana is studying. She has a chance her father didn't - both have a dream.
Stage Name (film) - Miguel Rato, London College of Communication
How does a 16th Century European play about the dramas and betrayals of emperors end up being transformed into Tchiloli - a popular theatre genre in São Tomé and Princípe? This documentary looks at this practice and the people involved in it.
Niña Madre (film) - Raul Caldeira, London College of Communication
Young pregnancy is a growing issue in Latin America, with Venezuela having the highest rates, particularly among the working class. 'Niña Madre' shares the fears and hopes of some of the young mothers that live in Antímano, one of the largest slum districts in the country.
Building Heaven (film) - Andrada Popan-Dorca, University of Salford
In Vietnam, some middle-class citizens are paying thousands of US dollars for a grave for their loved one, and are then using an online worshipping service to venerate their dead. This film explores this phenomenon.
The Changing Face of India (film) - William Hartley, University of Salford
For centuries beards and moustaches have been integral to Indian culture. This film gives a history of India through the medium of the Indian moustache and looks at the increasing westernisation of India.
The Beauty Behind the Veil (print) - Evrydiki Katsoulaki, Cardiff University
Focusing on the hijab as a fashion statement, this article explores how Muslim women feel about the veil. It is often worn proudly by college girls or independent single women as a symbol of Islamic identity and this piece articulates how women's sexuality can be elegantly reflected through this modest fashion.
The Doctor Who Dreamed (radio) - Lucy Laycock, University of Westminster
In many developing countries, a child with Type 1 diabetes faces a lifetime of discrimination and an ongoing struggle for survival. But in India, one inspirational doctor is struggling in the face of stigma and poverty to give diabetic children the chance of a normal life.
Aid20 / Mobile Africa: From the Roots Up (radio/multimedia) - Clare Salisbury, University College Falmouth
In the developing world, advances in technology are having profound social consequences. This piece looks at the ways that NGOs in Ethiopia and Kenya are using new technologies, including mobile phones, to deliver aid. For an industry that revolves around education and human support, is technology the way forward?
Bagong Silang (film) - Giselle Santos, London College of Communication
Bagong Silang (New Born) is a short documentary film about a community living in a cemetery on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. It tells the story of this extraordinary, resilient, and resourceful community that has made the graveyard not only their home, but also their place of work.
Kung-Fu Grandma (film) - Jeong-One Park, Royal Holloway University of London
In the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, a group of women in their 50s to 80s is learning Kung-Fu. The women have been targets for sexual violence because of the erroneous belief that intercourse with an elderly woman can cure AIDS. This film features these Kung-Fu grandmothers and explores the dark circumstances motivating them.
North Korea. Open. (film) - Philip Pendlebury, University of Salford
This is an expedition into the world's most alienated nation state, following local music promoter and travel agent Dylan Harris as he tries to organise North Korea's first international golf tournament.
High Peak Learning (print) - Josefin Wendel, University of Sheffield
In Nepal, against the backdrop of the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, and with widespread political instability and corruption, media students in Nepal are learning what it means to be journalists. This piece tells the story of the first cohort of students at Kathmandu University to graduate in media studies.
God Save the Punk (film) - Sofia Bouzidi, Onyeka Igwe
There is now an emerging movement of young people who use Islam and punk as a way of defining their lives. In this film Sofia Bouzidi - who is British, Algerian, and punk - takes us inside this growing culture in Algeria and the UK.
Zip Zap... A Social Circus - Jessie Ayles, Goldsmiths
This is a story of South Africa's children, overcoming hardships and building a new culture of peaceful coexistence through the medium of circus arts. For its students and collaborators, Zip Zap is more than just a circus, it's a family and a home. This film gives a voice to the youth of South Africa who are breaking down social norms one performance at a time.
Why Wall? - Marta Migdalek, Cardiff University
Favela Dona Marta, one of Rio's shanty towns, is like others - colourful, lively, yet dangerous - except that it is encircled by a 3-meter-high wall. This radio piece investigates the issues surrounding the construction of the wall while presenting its human aspect - the favela itself.
Ratita - Fany de la Chica, Royal Holloway
This film centres around Ratita, a girl injured by a landmine in her native Cambodia. She lives in the 'Dove's House', an education and training centre for injured children founded by a Spanish priest.
Fly Little Birds - Emma Greaves, Goldsmiths
This film follows three young women, Jerusha, Margaret and Alice, who have grown up in a children's home for AIDS orphans in Thika, Kenya as they prepare for their move out of the home and into society as independent adults.
Living Without Men - Yi Luo, Goldsmiths
If you only had two options, to submit to an arranged marriage or take a vow of celibacy for the rest of your life, which would you choose? This film tells the story of Chinese women who chose the latter and kept the vow for 80 years with pride and loneliness, but no regret.
Voices from a Shattered Land - Zoe Graham, University College Falmouth
How do landmine victims cope with life after an event that has potentially alienated them from their communities and loved ones? Are there stories that show hope? This film focusses on landmine victims in Mozambique and how they cope with this life-altering trauma.
Laguna Negra (The Black Lagoon) - Michael Watts, Royal Holloway
This film explores the core values of a peasant community in Northern Peru, the way the fabric of this society has been threatened by large mining interests, the violent manner in which protest against the project has been met, and the dismissiveness of the Peruvian government towards the alternative models of development that have been put forward by the community.
Karan - Aashish Gadhvi, Royal Holloway
This film features the story of Aashish's nephew - Karan Mod, a 12-year-old boy living in India with thalassaemia - a blood disease that requires regular blood transfusions. It follows Karan and his family as they meet the various challenges that face a family in today's India.
Rainbow - Ryan Wu, University of Ulster
Lin, a 16-year-old boy living in rural China, must give up his family and his childhood home and set out alone on a daunting journey to Guangzhou city in search of work. The film portrays the effects of China's economic crisis on its people and, in particular, the reality of urban migration for one young Chinese man.
Ballerinas - Tatiane Feres, Brunel University
This film follows two blind people in Brazil - one who is training to become a professional ballerina, and the other who teaches classical ballet - both part of a unique Brazilian dance company called 'Fernanda Bianchini', which teaches visually impaired Brazilian girls to become professional ballerinas.
Mini Ku Suto (Come With Us) - Alexia Dickinson, Goldsmiths
A film about the village of Palenque de San Basilio, the only Columbian black community that still speaks a non-Spanish language, and a place that is the subject of discrimination from many other Columbians.
Songbirds of the Kora and the Kamelen N'goni - Kevin McSorley, University of Ulster
A documentary featuring two Malian women who have had success as musical instrumentalists in the face of criticism from some of their male peers.
The Great Flood - Marcelo de Oliveira
The Kawesqar people of Patagonia believed their world was created after a catastrophic flood. In a journey across a mountain lake, the fable is recounted by one of the 14 remaining Kawesqar people. This film is a testament to the unbreakable connection between all people and their stories.
A Spark in Him - Claudia Engels, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
This is a film about the life story of Sajay Kumar, a young man without arms who lives in Kerala, India and studies at the Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts.
Lady Mukhtar - Dîdem Sahin, Brunel University
This film tells the story of a Turkish neurophysiologist who, after many years in the USA, decides to realise her childhood dream of becoming a 'mukhtar', or leader, in the Turkish village where her family is from.
I am HIV Positive - Parisa Aminolahi, Royal Holloway
The story of a woman living with HIV in Tehran as she faces stigma and discrimination in her everyday life.
Volviendo - Lawrence Saleem-Ahmad Martin, Goldsmiths College
This film follows Chilean musician Vladimir, as he travels back to his homeland for the first time after years of exile imposed by the Pinochet dictatorship.
Mama Zar - Roxana Pope, Edinburgh College of Art
An intimate portrait of Mama Zar, a remarkable woman who heads the Zar ceremonies (an ancient shamanic healing ritual) on the Iranian island of Quesm.
Just Like Mom - Maria Eduarda Andrade, Goldsmiths College
Set in Brazil, this film portrays three generations of single mothers in the same family as they recount their experiences of violence, alcoholism and destitution.
The City of Widows - Purnima Ragunath, Brunel University
A fascinating insight into the hidden lives of abandoned widows in the Indian pilgrim city of Vrindavan, who have dedicated their lives to the service of God.
Weaving Life: On the Panama Hat’s Trail across Ecuador - Katharina Rau, Brunel University
A cultural and anthropological journey following the key production stages of the Panama Hat, narrated by three central characters.
Hope Despair Laughter: A Circus Project in Palestine - Esther Hertog, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
A film showing the hopes and fears of children living in the midst of conflict within a refugee camp in Bethlehem. The Palestinian youth circus project SHIRAA is brought to life.
Lal Masjid (The Red Mosque) - Syed Stef Amjad Ali, Royal Holloway
The film follows the personal journey of the film maker - from his own experience as a hard line religious extremist in Pakistan to that of a documentary film student in the UK.
Re-learning the Basics: Cambodia and the Battle for Education - Charlotte Dubenskij, Cardiff University
The remarkable life story of Mr Rarn who made the transition from tuk tuk driver to college graduate via sheer hard work, determination and a bit of good luck.
Extradio - Daniellis hernandez, EICTV, Cuba
A personal discovery in which the director contrasts her original expectations of people of African descent living in the UK with the reality she finds.
Welkom na London - Levi Saville, AFDA, South Africa
This film explores the little-known world of South African youth culture in England. This documentary aims to be an eye opener for those who dream of moving from South Africa to the UK.
Bridging my Home - Debanjan Bandyopadhyay,Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, India
The film follows the Bengali artist Moushumi Bhowmik and her band, who all reside in London, and looks at the unique phenomenon of two conflicting cultures uniting through music.
It’s Not Easy b-Gustavo Gama Rodrigues, Goldsmiths
An insight into Cuba’s current political, social and economic paradoxes told through the eyes of two Cuban mothers.
After the Rains Came - Sarah Thomas, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
An intimate portrait of the semi-nomadic pastoralist people of Samburu, Northern Kenya.
Sebastian - Gabriella Kessler, Goldsmiths College
The tragic legacy of Argentina’s military dictatorship on the lives of one family.
A Shameful Art - Recha Hosseinnia, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
Exploring the question: why does Egyptian society judge belly dancers so harshly?
The Saiga Story - Julia Mills, University College Falmouth
This film identifies the human story behind illegal saiga poaching in rural Kazakhstan.
Feel Good Factory - Gopi Shastri, Goldsmiths
A touching and at times humorous romp through the burgeoning world of Indian male grooming obsession.
Umoja: Independent Women - Cleopatra Mukula, Brunel University
This film depicts the resilience of rape survivors living in a women only village in Samburu, Northern Kenya.
Their Helicopter - Salome Jashi, Royal Holloway
A Call too Far - Dipti Gogna, Film & Television Institue of India, Pune
Exploring the impact on local call centre staff in India of the flood of financial services and call centre operations in the UK.
Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes - Peter Conteh, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
Set in Sierra Leone, this documentary depicts the day to day realities of life at the bottom rung of the diamond mining industry.
Dona Juju’s Party - Lindsay Goodall, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
This film explores the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé.
Khymer Street Kids - Stuart Froude, Bournemouth Media School
An exploration of the realities of child homelessness in Cambodia.
We Don’t Exist - Carola Hesse, Goldsmiths
A poignant tale of what life is like for the Bedouin people of Negev, Israel, as seen through the eyes of one family struggling to be heard and recognised by their own government.
Saint or Fallen One? - Jessica O’Keefe, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
The life and dreams of a charismatic and controversial aspiring Ghanaian politician. With Michael Jackson as his hero and the battle against poverty as his task, is Haruna Mohammed the progressive politician that Ghana needs?
Tungzi Street - Xiaoxiao Sun, Royal Holloway College, London University
A portrait of elderly men living in China’s changing times.
Voices Across the Ocean - Ganesh Gaikwad, Film & Television Institute of India, Pune
This film centres on the images an adolescent conjures up while listening to BBC Hindi Service and how his perceptions of London meet with the reality of being there.
The Real Brazilian - Bruna Gagliardi, Goldsmiths College
"What does it mean to be Brazilian? In my journey, from the Brazilian countryside to cosmopolitan London, I must have left my Brazilianness somewhere, and the aim of this documentary is to track it down.....''
People of the Sand - Iracema Sodre Fonseca de Salles, Goldsmiths College
The region known as LençÏŒis Maranhenses in the north-east of Brazil is a place full of mysteries, sand dunes and blue lagoons. But it is also the home of people who struggle to live despite the generosity of nature.
Milking the Desert - Yasmin Fedda, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
This film is a silent journey into the everyday meditative rythm of the Mar Musa (Ethiopian) Monastery in Syria.
The Second Red Line - Veera Lehto, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
This film follows the work of volunteers working with HIV/AIDS patients in the Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana. Due to the lack of adequate medication the only thing the volunteers can offer is their care and compassion.
My Brother My Enemy - Masood Khan, National Film and Television School
India and Pakistan have a delicate relationship. As the Indian cricket team tours Pakistan for the first time in 15 years, the filmmakers – one Indian, one Pakistani – visited each other’s homelands to glimpse feelings on both sides of the border.
Homeland - Hannah Skrinar, Northern Media School
On the border between Slovakia and Ukraine lies a Rutherian village divided by a fence. Over the past 100 years it has found itself in Czechoslovakia, wartime Hungary and the USSR. This film looks at this East/ West divide though the eyes of the locals.
Born to Serve? - Louise Bonnar, Bournemouth Media School
Each year girls leave the Andes and their families in droves to work as maids in Peru’s capital, Lima. This film follows an Andean mother, Luz, as she leaves her children to find work in the big city.
Apollo 11 - Caroline Deedes, National Film and Television School
Caroline’s mother recalls that when Americans landed on the moon, Ghana was struck by an epidemic of eye infections, painful and temporary outbreaks of blindness known as Apollo 11.
Born Again - Carla Huysmans, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
Carla last met Maureen Mulozi in 1998 in Lusaka, Zambia, where they were friends. Since then Maureen has became a born-again Christian and moved to a remote Namibian settlement teaching English. Will their friendship survive this religious gap?
Bailarinas - Heidi Lipsanen, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
The film follows the lives of two girls in an Afro-Brazilian dance group called Majê Molê. This is a film about childhood and loss, the hope found through dance and the happiness of motherhood.
Flowers Don’t Grow Here - Shira Pinson, The London Film School
Exploring the daily struggles of the homeless surviving on the streets of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Brilliant - Haná Vaisman, Goldsmiths College
Brazilian children dream of becoming professional football players. Run by an extraordinary lady called Sonia Luz, Brilliant is starting to make this dream possible.
The Most Admired Man - Julia Berg, Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology
Known as the 'Daoist Physician of Jade Dragon Mountain', Dr Ho receives hundreds of visitors every year in his small village in South West China. What lies behind Dr Ho and his fame?
Life on the Tracks - Ditsi Carolino, National Film & Television School
The railway lines in the Philippines are not just a meeting point for trains. With the shanties springing up either side of the tracks, how does family life exist within its confines?
In the Name of Honour - Hammad Ghaznavi, Bournemouth Media School
A deep step inside a world where the brutal custom of honour killing still thrives in rural Pakistan, a film told through the eyes of the victim’s mother and her killer: her uncle.
Kawah Ijen - Philip Mulroy, National Film and Television School
This is an observational film about three sulphur collectors atop a volcano in Indonesia.
Long Way Home - Yeonah Paik, Goldsmiths College
The search for the real story of the filmmakers' grandfather General Hong, executed in the Philippines in 1946.
After Years of Walking - Sarah Vanagt, National Film and Television School
The rewriting of Rwanda’s post-1994 history, set against a Belgian missionary film of its ‘prehistory.'
Bhajay and Ravi - Rachel Webster, Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology
An intimate portrait of life and friendship on the streets of India.
Nahid Siddiqui - Beena Sarwar, Goldsmiths College
A portrait of the well-known Kathak dancer, Nahid Siddiqui, exploring her art and her struggle for pluralism and acceptance in Pakistan.
Dreamland - Gema Juárez Allen, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
Uncovering the dreams and frustrations of camp squatters in Rio de Janeiro State, as they wait (with the support of MST, the Landless Peoples Movement) for title to unused land.
Flowers -Tomás Creus, London International Film School
The film follows a Brazilian flower girl in the streets of Porto Alegre and paints a picture of her daily struggle for survival, and of the people she meets.
Safar - Sandhya Suri, National Film Television School
This film is a portrait of Sandhya’s own father, who left India 37 years ago to obtain experience and medical qualifications in England. He did, but lost his country and his roots forever.
Long Time No See - Johannes Sjöberg, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
A personal testimony, as Johannes tracks down orphans he taught in Guatemala as a charitable agency worker some years ago, and faces up to some painful truths about the work of foreign volunteers.
Pianos for Uganda - Dominic Waugh, Bournemouth Media School
A striking film about budding musicians in Uganda, whose need for pianos is satisfied by an English charity, which locates and transports them.