Producer & director
Richard has a passion for South Sudan that dates back to early 2011, when he spent two months in the country as it took its first steps towards independence.
Richard is a skilled storyteller who has worked as a documentary maker and journalist in more than a dozen countries across Africa and the Middle East.
He has been published and broadcast by the BBC, Channel 4, CNN, Al Jazeera, CNBC, Radio France International, Reuters, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine.
In 2013, Richard founded Four Freedom Films, an independent documentary film production company dedicated to bringing the stories of individuals and communities affected by poverty, conflict and political oppression to a worldwide audience.
Cinematography, Kenya & South Sudan
Based in Nairobi and New York, Alex focuses on tackling complicated stories about ordinary people, often in uncovered parts of the world.
He has filmed in Kenya, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Liberia, Burundi, Haiti and Niger. Alex was responsible for cinematography on Lions & Tigers production shoots in Kenya and South Sudan.
His credits include: When Lambs Become Lions (Cinematographer & Field Producer, 2018), a feature documentary about ivory trading in Kenya from the Oscar-nominated producers of Cartel Land; the multi-award-winning My Dear Kyrgyzstan (Co-Director, Cinematographer and Editor, 2019), Winner, Best Mini-Doc, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; and This is Climate Change (Field Producer, 2018).
In 2012 Alex received an inaugural Dalai Lama Fellowship for his work developing film schools among low-income communities in the Philippines.
Camera, South Sudan
Hakim has dedicated his life to ensuring that the world has a window to honest, objective and unflinching reporting from South Sudan.
He has been the point man in South Sudan for world-leading international news service Reuters for the past six years and is a linchpin of videographic reporting from the country.
Hakim was responsible for capturing the story of Jess Markt and Malat Wei as they trained the South Sudan wheelchair basketball team in Juba in 2018.
Assistant Producer, South Sudan
Andreea is a documentary photography and videographer based in South Sudan for several years.
Her work focuses on documenting issues related to displacement and the effect of conflict on normal people.
Andreea has worked for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time magazine, Le Monde, Paris Match, The Guardian, Newsweek, Reuters, AFP and National Geographic.
Andreea led the two-month production trip in South Sudan in late 2018 and early 2019.
Colin is a cinematographer and video journalist based in Addis Ababa for several years.
He produces documentary and news reporting across television and film for global and regional media including the BBC, ABC (Australia), SBS and AJ+.
Colin was responsible for cinematography on the Lions & Tigers production shoot in Ethiopia in 2015.
His expertise and years of experience operating in Ethiopia, one of the world’s toughest countries in which to film, have been invaluable assets to the production.
Jim de Zoete
Jim is a filmmaker with a passion for making sports documentaries with a wider social and political context, particularly in East Africa.
He produced and directed the Kenya-based documentary feature 100 Seconds to Beat the World: The David Rudisha Story (2014), and has another feature documentary in production and two films in development, including Protest Runner, the story of Ethiopian distance runner Feyisa Lelisa, who used the 2016 Olympics as a platform to protest the social and political marginalisation of the Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.
A multi-award-winning creator of short film, documentary and advertising campaigns, Jim is executive creative director at Across the Pond, a global independent creative agency specialising in film. In his prior role as creative director at Red Bee Media he was responsible at one time or other for overseeing all of the BBC channels.
Sarah is an award-winning producer of documentary, short film, TV campaigns and content marketing.
She has produced three documentary features: 100 Seconds to Beat the World: The David Rudisha Story (Co-Producer, 2014), which tells the personal story of Kenyan athlete David Rudisha, world record holder over 800m; Patience (Producer, 2012) and Unseen: The Lives of Looking (Co-Producer, 2015).
Sarah serves on the BAFTA and British Animation Awards juries.