“Africa Cycling Revolution “
Olympic Channel / 6-episode series / 2016 / 53 min./ Director of Photography
Meet cycling’s rising stars from sub-Saharan Africa in the new Olympic Channel Original Series Africa Cycling Revolution. The six-episode series is the Channel’s first original series dedicated to the sport of cycling, and is available exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform. Africa Cycling Revolution is a lively and entertaining journey across sub-Saharan Africa to uncover a new generation of cyclists and shows how the sport is reaching new audiences. In Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Congo, cycling is on the rise as a sport and as a way of changing lives.
The incredible tale of top Rwandan female cyclist Jeanne D’arc Girubuntu, and how she became a role model for young cyclists in her country.
How does the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy create champions – both on and off South Africa’s BMX tracks?
“We can’t just put a runner on a bike.” How Kenya’s cycle teams are trying to emulate the nation’s sporting heroes.
The behind-closed-doors story of how Alen Girmay became the first winner of the Tour of Ethiopia.
Discover the reasons why cycling is the most popular sport in Eritrea and how the top riders become national heroes.
In a nation devastated by an active volcano and 20 years of permanent war, meet the young cyclists aiming for Olympic Games glory.
Kenya / IRIN News / 2013 / 11 min. / produced, shot, edited
Still Standing: A Kenyan rape survivor’s quest for justice and healing. IRIN News is proud to announce the launch of “Still Standing”, a multimedia story by award-winning photographer Till Muellenmeister recounting one courageous rape victim’s fight for justice and healing. Ziborah Iala was gang raped in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2007. The story follows her as she moves from the hospital to the police and to the courts. Along the way, she encounters a law enforcement system indifferent to her suffering and a society that penalizes sexual assault victims rather than perpetrators. The story is accompanied by a haunting interview with Ms. Iala as she describes her struggle and reveals her strength. After the rape, Ms. Iala moved from Nairobi. She ekes out a living from her little ‘shamba’, or farm, but is now unable to pay her son’s school fees. She continues to require medication and treatment, which she receives with support from the Coalition on Violence Against Women. Her court case remains unresolved.
The Star Newspaper
“Produced by Irin Films, the video is a wake-up call to society to face the facts of rape and its consequences, not only to the survivors but also everyone else.”
Laif Photo Agency
“We are delighted that six laif-photographers and seven photographers from our affiliates are among the exhibitors. Nearly 1200 young photojournalists from 71 countries applied for this years FREELENS-Award for young photojournalism. Rolf Nobel, festival manager and one of the jury members, says: “The quality of the works is excellent and they cover a huge variety of topics.” The multimedia slide show “Still Standing” was nominated and exhibited at the LUMIX festival for young photojournalism.
“The children of South Sudan”
South Sudan / SOS Children´s Villages / 2014 / 11 min. / produced, shot, edited
Isaac James, a youth leader at the ‘SOS Children’s Village’ organisation suddenly found himself isolated with 33 SOS children and teenagers as gunfire raged in Malakal, South Sudan in December 2013. In search of safety he courageously led them on a perilous journey that covered almost 200 km.
19 August 2014 – SOS Children’s Villages Youth Leader’s story of extreme courage under fire in South Sudan is featured by European Commission on commemorative day.
In recognition of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department published this dramatic story about Isaac, an SOS colleague in South Sudan, who helped over 30 children and adults escape from attack by armed rebels. The series, called “Humanitarians at Risk”, features testimonies of humanitarians around the world who risk their lives daily, while saving those of others.
Rwanda / 12 min. / produced and shot / 2017
n 2002, La Benevolencija followed its academic team leader Ervin Staub in the wake of his invitation by the Rwandan Government, with the idea of implementing an experimental prototype media campaign in Rwanda aimed at inoculating populations from hate speech and other incitement to violence. The Rwandan government was concerned about possible recurrence of violence and trauma, during the implementation of the Gacaca village tribunals and La Benevolencija’s soap opera was seen as an ideal project to tackle these challenges. It was especially designed to teach populations to recognize and resist Staub’s universal “continuum of destruction” (see methodology). The results exceeded expectations.
After only one year of broadcast, La Benevolencija’s radio soap opera Musekeweya had become one of the most popular soaps in the country. Independent impact evaluations showed that it had succeeded in changing some of its audience norms and it resulted in increased trust within audience communities. It also induced a measure of criticism into the natural respect the country’s citizens pay their authorities. Moreover, it had taught a population, undergoing massive re-traumatisation due to the Gacaca, how to recognize trauma and how to apply basic healing techniques. Musekeweya remains well-liked till today, and still attracts new and young listeners, as the soap is very popular among school children. In Rwanda, La Benevolencija’s objective is ‘deepening reconciliation and trust in a post-Gacaca Rwanda.
Kenya / Kibera Slum / 46 min. / written, produced, shot / 2008