I am so passionate about my work and often find that slowing down can be the hardest thing. Recently I’ve been reminded of the importance of community and re-connecting with nature. I am committed to a greener future for our enviroment and @mini is moving towards it by launching the first all-electric MINI. #ChargedWithPassion #MINI #ad #MINIElectric
On 3 August 2014, ISIS began a brutal genocide of the Yazidi people. Last week I spent some time collecting the stories and testimony of Yazidi survivors living in Germany, who were held as slaves by ISIS. These women are speaking out to demand justice and accountability after five years of inaction. One of these survivors was Farida Khalaf, whose story you can read in her book, ‘The Girl Who Beat ISIS’. “In the school where I dreamt of becoming a math teacher, I was abducted by ISIS militants and sold into captivity as a sex slave. But now I have a bigger dream than becoming a math teacher. I want to travel the world, informing people about the brutality of ISIS to raise awareness about the Yazidi Genocide, and to bring ISIS to justice" في المدرسة التي حلمت فيها بأن أصبح معلمة رياضيات، حيث تم اختطافي من قبل مقاتلي تنظيم داعش، وقاموا ببيعي في الأسر. ولكن الآن لدي حلم أكبر من أن أصبح معلمة رياضيات. من أجل اخبار العالم عن مدا وحشية وقساوة داعش و رفع الوعي عن ما تعرض له الايزيديين من إبادة جماعية. This week, this project previewed at the @yazda_global_organization conference in Baghdad, Iraq. It is an immersive exhibition that will travel around the world telling the stories of the Yazidi that must be seen and heard. We will be demanding justice and accountability for those who committed these war crimes and those who supported them, and for international protection of the Yazidi people so they can return home safely. @nbdyslistening @refugees @yazda_global_organization @nadia_murad_taha
Today marks the five year anniversary of the brutal Yazidi genocide by ISIS. Yazidi women and girls were forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State and their men were killed by the thousands. The genocide led to the abduction of Yazidi women and massacres that killed five thousand Yazidi civilians. Five years later, 3,000 Yazidis are still missing or in captivity, many of whom are women and children. Mass graves continue to be uncovered, which hold thousands of Yazidi victims who have yet to be identified. Five years later, thousands of Yazidis still reside in IDP camps or have been forced to seek asylum around the world. Salma Khalaf Rasho is one of the survivors speaking out to demand justice and accountability after five years of inaction. “For five years, successive Iraqi and Kurdish governments have failed to help my people. Because of political conflicts between Erbil and Baghdad, thousands of Yazidis are still living in tents since 2014, and are unable to return home to Sinjar. I am a Yazidi survivor; I want to go home, but there is no home to go to. What can I do without a home, without justice, and without a future? I urge the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, as well as the international community, to bring about real change for survivors of the genocide." لمدة خمس سنوات ، فشلت كل من الحكومة العراقية والكردية المتعاقبة في مساعدة شعبي و بسبب النزاعات السياسية بين أربيل وبغداد، وما زال الآلاف من اليزيديين يعيشون في الخيم منذ عام 2014 ، وغير قادرين على العودة إلى منازلهم في سنجار. أنا ناجية يزيدية. أريد العودة إلى منزلي ، لكن لا يوجد منزل أذهب إليه! ماذا يمكنني أن أفعل بدون بيت و بدون عدالة و بدون مستقبل؟ أناشد الحكومتين العراقية والكردية ، وكذلك المجتمع الدولي للقيام بما فيه الكفاية لمساعدة الناجيات و الناجين من الإبادة الجماعية. This portrait is part of an immersive exhibition telling the stories of the Yezidi people with @nbdyslistening @nadia_murad_taha @yazda_global_organization @refugees
I’m delighted to be partnering with @instagram for the launch of their new ‘Donation’ feature, which allows you to quickly and easily donate to a charity/non-profit. As you know I am often working with NGO’s and have been eagerly awaiting a feature which allows you guys to support the issues I am most passionate about. I think this is really exciting as it’ll particularly get young people engaged with important causes. 100% of the Donation goes to the chosen non-profit, with no fee. Check my ‘BOSF’ story highlight to support the work of @bosfoundation in protecting Orangutans in Borneo 🙌🏻
Sometimes the most simple images can say the most. It wasn’t easy seeing Orang-utans in cages. Whilst it’s the only safe way to keep them during their rehabilitation, it is impossible not to be confronted with the similarities we share with them. These amazing animals deserve to live in the wild. @bosfoundation
We share 97% of our DNA with orangutans. That fact is never more clear than when you look into the eyes of one of the older males. This male is called Tanjung. These extraordinary animals deserve to live in the wild. However, there are a number of orangutans who, despite being of suitable age and in good health, lack the skills and behaviours required to be released to the wild. Others may have been shot, blinded, physically impaired. The under-development in these orangutans, who are categorised as «unreleasables», is the direct result of being kept in captivity for too long. However, this does not mean these orangutans are destined for a life behind bars; @bosfoundation tries to secure a better future for them by preparing new forested sanctuary islands, with natural forest vegetation for «unreleasable» orangutans, where they can enjoy some semblance of a natural life. @bosfoundation is currently taking care of as many as 530 orangutans at our rehabilitation centers.
Our friend and conservationist Nico Hermanu on a trek into the jungle in East Kalimantan, Borneo, to monitor a mother and baby orangutan recently released by @bosfoundation. It was incredible to see this mother and baby thriving in the wild.
In the wild, orangutan mothers raise their offspring for eight years, teaching them the skills they need for a life in the forest. Without this vital bond, the babies are unable to survive on their own in the wild. Just like children they need help. At @bosfoundation, human surrogate mothers take on this role, preparing the orphans for a life beyond the rehabilitation center. It was truly incredible to see the @bosfoundation surrogate mothers‘ relationships with the orangutans, giving them the care and teaching the skills they require to survive in the wild. Pictured above, BOS’s Vivi with orangutan Benny.
Orang-utans are commonly rescued from deforested areas, mining sites, plantations and villages. After 3 months in quarantine at the @bosfoundation rescue center, the young orphan finally joins the others in the rehabilitation program. The under-twos start in the Nursery where they learn to climb, make friends and explore; rarely straying too far from their babysitters. Then, in Forest School, the orphans improve at foraging for food and making nests, learning directly from their caregivers. @bosfoundation is currently taking care of as many as 530 orangutans at our rehabilitation centers. Pictured above, a teenage orangutan at Forest School in Central Kalimantan, Borneo.
We were very lucky to travel to Borneo with @bosfoundation to document the work of brave conservationists on the frontlines of the fight to save orang-utans from extinction. It was one of the most challenging but extraordinary trips we have done, but spending time with these animals is life-affirming. We had remarkable access to the work of @bosfoundation including the release of an orangutan, Desi, into the wild. I can’t wait to start sharing our new work, with a short film and photos coming soon. 🌿🌱
Always on the move with @jackharries. It is really exciting that @MINI has officially launched their first #AllElectric vehicle, pushing forward #Emobility 🌱#ChargedWithPassion #MINI #MINIElectric #ElectricVehicle #advertisement
Amazing colour grading by @nickejacobsson on ‘The Encounter’ which is now on @nowness. Director: @markoroth DoP: @josuastaebler Producer: Simon Fessler Production Company: @simonundpaul Edit: @andreasarvidsson Sounddesign: Moritz Staub - Staub Audio Copywriter: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus Colorist: @nickejacobsson Music: Thomas Muis - 2WEI Music supervision: Christoph Körner - 2WEI 1st AC: Leo Sikstel Lab: Focus Film Visual Effects & Clean Up: Matthias Weiner - Sons of Motion Pictures
This week we celebrated graduating an MA in Documentary Film-Making from UCL. It was a crazy and exhausting year of balancing multiple projects alongside studying, but I finally started directing films which is something I had always wanted to do. I never thought I would go back to studying, but I made work I’m proud of and am so grateful for that time. To do it with my best friend was pretty cool too. Happiness 🤗🎓
The last few months have been full-on with work, I can’t wait for some rest and time to edit in the next few days! Really looking forward to sharing new work from a recent trip to Borneo 🙌🏻 📷: @josuastaebler
Behind the scenes photos from ‘The Encounter’ ft. @josuastaebler. Shooting 35mm film in the desert was no easy feat. One fear was sand getting into the Arri and scratching the film. With wind & sand storms, 45 degree heat, this was one of the tougher shoots. 🎥
Wow did this photo make me smile! These amazing women, my friends @jahaendfgm and @nimkoali last week in Senegal for the Africa4Girls2030 ( @africa4girls) summit, the first African summit on Ending FGM and early child marriage. It was a huge success. The highest authority in Islamic law issuing a fatwa against child marriage, and against FGM, undermining the belief that these practices have religious support. This is an African movement, truly led and driven by young front-line activists like Jaha who organised this historic summit. Highlighting @drjosephinekulea and @jahaendgfm’s amazing work was the purpose of my trip to The Gambia, Kenya and Senegal earlier this year with @nimkoali. In other news, @nimkoali was recently awarded an OBE for fanny-defending, and has only gone and written a book!!! “What We’re Told Not To Talk About” is a call to arms for women, with no subject off limit. It breaks taboos and challenges the shame we all feel as women navigating the world, with stories from forty-two women and fourteen countries. Go buy it. https://www.waterstones.com/book/rude/nimko-ali/9780241292624 📷 first picture by @nickykelvin
Fahim Khan in the Wahiba Sands, Oman.
Portraits of Ali Hayak over our week shooting in Oman. Leica M6, Silbersalz35 500T 🎞
Unedited stills from Oman shot on Leica with Silbersalz35 500T 🎞 on location for short film The Encounter with Ali Hayak, Fahim Khan, Fakhrul Islam, About Rasool.
We know that the world needs more energy and less carbon. So how can we balance power production with the environmental concerns we are all anxious about? Whilst I was in Norway with @nationalgrid_group I got the chance to meet with @sveinungrotevatn, the Secretary of State for Climate and Environment to hear about the work the country is doing to tackle climate change. It was amazing to hear him describe the strong impression made by youth climate activists on voters and politicians, and their collective desire to do all it takes to overcome this problem. Hydropower is part of this solution and has been part of Norway’s history for more than 100 years, pioneering Europe’s potential for clean and flexible energy. Now with the development of National Grid and Statnett’s North Sea Link interconnector, Britain will be able to use Norway’s clean hydro power when construction is completed in 2021. It’s this kind of co-operation between countries, sharing renewable energy on an enormous scale, that will help us reach #netzero by 2050. Together we can secure access to greener energy, for our future. It was awesome to share with journey with Gareth Redmond-King from @wwf_uk and Thor Anders Nummedal an engineer on the project, both pictured above. #GreenerGrid #cleanenergy #zerocarbon @NationalGrid_group @Statnett
When people try to defend the use of fossil fuels, they often ask, ‘When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, don’t you need coal and gas?’ The development of the North Sea Link, a sub-sea cable connecting Britain’s homes and businesses into Norway’s clean hydro power, will help answer this question. When our wind doesn’t blow in the UK, it will take only 4 minutes to access power from Norway’s vast reservoirs and help meet our demand for electricity. On the other hand, if the UK generates excess wind power, it won’t go to waste - we will share it with Norway, saving their water. By 2021, 720km cables, called interconnectors, will run between Blyth in Northumberland and Norway’s fjords, helping us share power from nature. I have felt comforted to see that action is being taken by National Grid on this scale. Initiatives like these will help to decarbonise our environment, which is absolutely crucial to avoid climate breakdown 🚨 #GreenerGrid #cleanenergy #zerocarbon #netzero @NationalGrid_group
In the past few months, climate activists have been calling for an urgent move to greener energy. We want to see action, not just words. Last week I got the incredible opportunity to visit and photograph the development of National Grid’s North Sea Link, an underwater electricity cable connecting Britain with Norway, which will help us share clean hydropower and clean wind power, merging systems of wind 💨 sun ☀ and water💧to generate electricity. Combined, these cables have ambitions to cut carbon emission by 17% by 2030. It’s this kind of co-operation between countries, sharing renewable energy on an enormous scale, that will help us reach #netzero by 2050 and other climate targets. Pictured above, Northern Europe’s largest hydropower plant, Ulla-Førre, and Norway’s stunning fjords from the sky. #greenergrid #cleanenergy #zerocarbon #netzero @nationalgrid_group @statnett
I’m excited to be working with @MINI for their first all-electric MINI ⚡ The campaign is all about being charged with passion. I’m passionate about telling human stories through photography and film-making which can shape narratives and inspire action to change the world around us. 🌱 #ChargedWithPassion #MINI #MINIElectric #ad
Ali Hayak on a rooftop in Muscat, Oman. 🎞
@forsamafilm is the most important documentary I’ve seen. Directed by @waadalkateab & @edwardwatts this extraordinary film tells the story of Waad’s journey through love, motherhood, war and survival during five years of the Syrian conflict. The film is addressed to Waad’s daughter, Sama, who was born during the conflict. A self-shot, intimate, extraordinarily visceral documentary about her experience of war, Waad faces an impossible decision: should she flee the city to protect her young daughter’s life? But to leave means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much. “When I grow up I want to be an architect to rebuild Aleppo”, one young child says in the film. @forsamafilm was awarded the Prix L'Œil d'Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where Waad, her husband, and co-director Edward Watts stood on the red carpet holding signs saying “Stop Bombing Hospitals”. In the Q&A hosted by Jon Snow following the screening I saw at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Waad was asked how she has survived. She replied, “We can’t feel that we have survived because the story isn’t over”. As we speak, 3 million people are trapped in Idlib, Syria, being attacked by Russian forces and hospitals continually bombed. This is not just a film about the past eight years of the Syrian conflict. This violence continues today. @waadalkateab said, “I have never lost hope in people, we are humans, we are driven by morals. If people are going to die in Syria, at least don’t let them die silent. At least make as much noise as we can.” Our children will ask us how we turned a blind eye to this conflict. We need to believe we all have a stake in a Syrian future. Please keep shining a light on this film.
One million children are currently trapped in Idlib province, Syria, being massacred by Russian and regime airstrikes and horrific barrel bombs. Over 390 civilians have been killed and 29 hospitals specifically targeted and bombed in the last six weeks alone. The silence from British politicians is deafening. As you know, this is a cause close to my heart. We’re now eight years into the conflict in Syria, and it has largely left public consciousness. Please keep talking about the ongoing situation in Syria, and take 30 seconds to write to your MP asking them to #SaveIdlib with @helprefugeesuk template you can find in their bio and mine. When the international community came together bring attention to the situation in Aleppo, at least a few surviving residents were allowed to be evacuated. We must act now to help save the three million innocent civilians now currently at risk in Idlib. Save Idlib. #onemillionchildren #saveidlib
Congratulations to the team behind short film, ‘The Encounter’ which has received a @vimeo Staff Pick. I was happy to feature in this conceptual short film, with an important theme behind it; today, instead of actually living and experiencing things, we have become obsessed with superficial moments that can be shared on social media. We have forgotten about the conversations, relationships and adventures that we could have if we just took the time to get to know people. This film is about what happens if we do, documenting my journey with Ali Hayak in Oman. ‘Every person has a story, if you take the time to listen.’ Full film via link in bio. Director: @markoroth DoP: @josuastaebler Producer: Simon Fessler Production Company: @simonundpaul Edit: @andreasarvidsson Sounddesign: Moritz Staub - Staub Audio Copywriter: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus Colorist: @nickejacobsson Music: Thomas Muis - 2WEI Music supervision: Christoph Körner - 2WEI 1st AC: Leo Sikstel Lab: Focus Film Visual Effects & Clean Up: Matthias Weiner - Sons of Motion Pictures Shot on// ARRI 235 ZEISS Super Speeds Uncoated Kodak Vision3
I’m really happy to be working with @fentonandco who have designed a beautiful and responsibly produced set of bands with a purpose. Fenton & Co is founded by an all-female team who are passionate about bettering the lives of women and so in celebration of that 25% of the proceeds of the sale will go to support The Five Foundation’s “Frontline Fund”, for the next month. The Five Foundation was recently set up by my friend @nimkoali, who I joined in Kenya and The Gambia earlier this year to see the work of frontline activists like @jahaendfgm and @drjosephinekulea fighting FGM. Unfortunately, international funding rarely gets to these frontline activists doing the crucial day-to-day work which is what the Foundation exists to provide. @nimkoali has just been awarded an OBE for her work preventing FGM and gender inequality, I urge everyone if they can to do their best to get funding to the frontlines where it will have the greatest impact. Within The Five Foundation’s “Frontline Fund” initiative we will particularly be supporting 'A Girl at A Time’, an NGO in Sierra Leone educating and supporting women and girls towards a more positive future. @thefivefoundation @nimkoali so fun to be photographed by @lilybw 📷
“Every person has a story, if you take the time to listen.” It was great to take part in this conceptual short film in Oman, ‘The Encounter’, where pressing the shutter is just the start of my journey with Ali Hayak. Director: @markoroth DoP: @josuastaebler Producer: Simon Fessler Production Company: @simonundpaul Edit: @andreasarvidsson Sounddesign: Moritz Staub - Staub Audio Copywriter: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus Colorist: @nickejacobsson Music: Thomas Muis - 2WEI Music supervision: Christoph Körner - 2WEI 1st AC: Leo Sikstel Lab: Focus Film Visual Effects & Clean Up: Matthias Weiner - Sons of Motion Pictures
Grateful for these memorable few days at @sheffdocfest, where my film Disconnected had its World Premiere alongside some other amazing shorts 🎥🎬 I was happy to speak on a panel about loneliness with incredible director @lizamandelup and I saw some unbelievable films that I will write more about soon! Thank you @nonotexactly & everyone at Sheffield this experience. Thank you to old friends @chloeabr @finnharries & @jackharries and new friends for sharing these few days with me 🤗
Proud that Disconnected is screening at San Francisco Documentary Festival happening this week ✌🏻🎬
It’s World Environment Day today and over a month on from the @extinctionrebellion International Rebellion, it feels like it’s all still sinking in. Looking back I’m grateful for the people I shared those surreal two weeks with, including some of the incredible minds behind the rebellion. I’m in awe of the bold vision it required to make the ambitions for the rebellion a peaceful and beautiful reality. What an honour to witness this incredible grassroots movement grow into a global movement in a matter of months... and knowing it’s just the start...excited for what is to come
One week until Sheffield Doc/Fest screens ‘Disconnected’ (Oatly Showroom Cinema 2, 8th June)✌🏻
Disconnected trailer link in bio.
Disconnected trailer link in bio.
Trailer for my short film Disconnected. Through disarmingly honest testimonies left anonymously on an answer phone machine, Disconnected explores the silent loneliness epidemic amongst young people in the UK. Thank you to everyone who left voicemails. You can watch the full trailer on Vimeo following the link in my bio. Edit by @aurelienboisson
Following the Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Disconnected is screening at San Francisco Documentary Festival in June 🎥
So grateful to everyone who took part in ‘Disconnected’, calling our answer phone machine and leaving us honest and intimate voicemails about their experiences with loneliness. Loneliness is a silent and invisible epidemic affecting millions of young people across the UK, and we hope that we managed to shine a light on it to some degree. 🎥
So excited to announce my film ‘Disconnected’ will World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, my favourite documentary festival that I first went to four years ago and always hoped I’d return to with my own film. I’m so grateful for all the hard work and people who helped bring this film to life. ‘Disconnected’ is a short documentary exploring loneliness amongst young people in the UK. Set against dystopian dramatisations shot on 16mm film, this abstract and atmospheric meditation on the loneliness epidemic sheds light on a world in which we are ‘connected’, but more isolated than ever. Trailer for ‘Disconnected’ is available via link in bio. Exec Prod: @jackharries Producer: @archiepearch Cam: @fraserrigg AC: @a_m_martinez Edit: @rossleppard Sound Design: @sashkopotter Composer: Eren Önsoy Colour: @josephbicknell And beautiful artwork by: @albinh
In a sprawling refugee camp in Uganda, my unbelievably talented friend and @natgeo photographer @noralorek asked residents what they’d brought from home when fighting broke out in 2016. “Nothing,” one woman replied, “except for some clothes wrapped in my bedsheet.” When Nora asked around, more women retrieved their ‘milayas’, posing for portraits that were featured in the magazine. Since this @natgeo assignment, @noralorek has been working on launching the @milayaproject, a non-profit that will connect South Sudanese women with customers who want to support their traditional artform. Refugees arriving to Uganda carried their only possessions wrapped in milayas – ornately embroidered sheets that have been passed down for generations. Today, in Bidibidi, the second largest refugee camp in the world, milayas are still being sewn. But there are few customers. A newly launched Kickstarter will fund women’s collectives to sell embroidered pillowcases, bedspreads, and wall hangings internationally. If you can support the project, go to @noralorek’s page for the link to the Kickstarter. Photos by @noralorek & story by @ninasabina24.
One million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival, according to a United Nations report released on Monday. Yesterday @jackharries spoke in UK Parliament, hosted by @wwf_uk, with a clear message: our government have made history by declaring a climate emergency, but now must act like it; that means ending the £10 billion spent funding fossil fuel companies, stopping fracking in Lancashire, ending plans for a third Heathrow runway. Jack shared a panel with Secretary of State and Environment Minister Michael Gove, Labour MP Clive Lewis and Tanya Steele, CEO of @wwf_uk. The legendary @carolinelucasmp came down too 🤗 @finnharries and I joined the event and I filmed Jack’s talk and he will share online soon. @wwf_uk
Over the past two weeks @extinctionrebellion engaged in the biggest act of mass civil disobedience in British history. In another post I have mentioned the five stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Most of us are in denial or ‘bargaining’ when it comes to the climate crisis - “it won’t be that bad”, “someone’s doing something about this”, “we’re fucked anyway”. If you are wanting to understand the reasons for the non-violent direct action over the past two weeks, if perhaps it feels extreme or disruptive, I recommend looking at some of the climate science research which shifted my perspective on the crisis to fully understand the urgency of our situation: ‘The Deep Adaptation’, an academic paper by Jem Bendell, ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ a book by David Wallace-Wells and ‘This Changes Everything’ by Naomi Klein are good starting points. David Attenborough’s “Climate Change: The Facts” on BBC iPlayer which came out last week reminds us how we got here. Any of @guardian journalist George Monbiot’s work is essential reading. In one recent article he writes, “No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.” @extinctionrebellion @ukscn @gretathunberg @youthstrike4climate are engaging in non-violent direct action, protests and school strikes because time is running out to prevent total ecological breakdown, the sixth mass extinction and the very existence of life as way we know it.
“The thing that has given me the most hope in the environmental movement is the young people rising up and holding older generations accountable. You can’t argue with a young 16 year-old girl who is taking days off school in order to fight for her future.” Some clips from @jackharries interview with @camanpour on @cnn talking about growing up watching his mum as a climate activist, the importance of direct action, recent @extinctionrebellion protests, and the current climate crisis.