FILM

THINK DIFFERENTLY

Trasgender candidate Bharathi Kannamma who ran in the 2014 Indian election asks the electorate to “think differently” when choosing who to vote for. Filmed in Madurai, India 2014

Think Differently was featured as part of The Guardian’s 2014 Indian election coverage.  You can read more about this short film here.

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SALOON

A glimpse inside the world of the Indian barbers-shop where customers expect more than a just a haircut. Filmed in New Delhi, India 2011

Saloon was part of the official selection for the London Short Film Festival 2012, the Atlanta Film Festival 2012 and the Florida Film Festival 2012. Saloon was also shortlisted for the 2011 Virgin Media Shorts Competition. Actor John Hurt, on the judging panel commented,

“Image on screen gives all the information, great medium and choice of image and music. A natural filmmaker”

You can read more about the making of Saloon here and here.

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IN KONY’S SHADOW: NORMAN OKELLO

Over 20,000 children were abducted and recruited into the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). This film looks at the life of former LRA child-soldier Norman Okello who grapples with the legacy of a traumatic childhood during which he was both a victim and a perpetrator of violence in northern Uganda.

This was one of two films I photographed, directed and edited for international NGO Christian Aid as part of their wider multimedia project on the legacy of the conflict between the LRA and government of Uganda. You can read more about the making of this film here.

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INDIAN FARMER DOUBLES RICE-YIELD

I travelled to a village called Rathkhandi in India’s Chhattisharh state and made a short film about the experiences of a rice-farmer called Amar Singh Patel whose use of SRI (System of Rice Intensification) has doubled his yield and transformed the life of his family.

This film was featured on The Guardian website here. You can read more about the making of this film here.

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IN KONY’S SHADOW: DEO KOMAKECH

Twenty-years of conflict between the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government left tremendous scars on the lives of ordinary people living northern Uganda. This video follows Deo Komakech as he records testimony among a community whose wartime experience has been largely ignored. Deo is a researcher with the Refugee Law Project (RLP), a human-rights group who document crimes of the past as part of a wider effort to build peace in post-conflict Uganda.

This was one of two films I photographed, directed and edited for international NGO Christian Aid as part of their wider multimedia project on the legacy of the conflict between the LRA and government of Uganda. You can read more about the making of this film here.A version of this film was published on the Guardian website here. 

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TWO INDIAS EXIST IN HEALTHCARE

For 15 years, a dedicated group of doctors has been running a health project in central India called Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS). In a country where many people have no access to healthcare, their hospital – which relies on grants and donations – serves a population of almost 1 million people in rural areas of Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh state. In reaching this marginalised population, the JSS perform a vital service.

This film was featured on the Guardian newspaper website. You can read more about this film here and find out more about the JSS here.

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EXAMINING PAKISTAN’S ELECTION

 (Tom Pietrasik)

Click on the photograph to view my interview with reporter Declan Walsh for the New York Times in 2013.