A unique approach
We have developed a unique approach enabling us to work with a rapidly expanding network of over 3000 local media professionals in more than 80 countries. Active in Africa, Latin America, Asia and increasingly the Middle East, our network consists of professional film crews, photographers and reporters.
From production offices in Amsterdam and Nairobi, our dedicated teams work closely with the network in order to utilise specialized knowledge and expertise on the ground. Our teams consist of video, photo and communication experts who have solid understanding of both development and business context in our countries of operation.
Why work with local talent?
There are many creative professionals in emerging countries but they often lack access to international clients. As a social venture, we provide local talent with a sustainable source of income and support the development of their international portfolio. This has a knock-on effect for communities in terms of supporting independent media, challenging generic stereotypes and strengthening local economies in developing countries. The power of this approach is best illustrated by one of our highly valued camera operators in Uganda:
“We know the rules of the game in our own country, where to point the camera and importantly, where not to point it [...] I know how to handle an elderly Ugandan interviewee better than a cameraman flown in from London [...] The local people who are the subjects of the videos feel more confident when they are filmed by their sons and daughters who speak their language, eat their food and experience the same challenges…” (Abubaker)
A typical production setup in a small rural community in Uganda.
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