Geoff Arbourne, Director.
Geoff grew up in a small fishing village in Devon, England. As a youth worker, working with teenagers who had behavioural and emotional problems, he became aware of how young children (and adults) can feel so invisible in desperate situations. After completing a Bachelor and Masters degree in Cultural Studies in the UK, the then worked for over six years within the sector of international development.
While studying at the University of Johannesburg (faculty of Sociology), he researched the social and economic impact of hosting mega sporting-events on urban development. After receiving a fairly icy response to his academic presentation on the distance between power and powerlessness as a result of Cape Town’s push for tourism, he decided to independently make a documentary about the brutal evictions taking place. He never regretted this decision.
As a self-taught filmmaker he decided to start a documentary production company Duckin’ & Divin’ Films, which has just finished making its fourth documentary. These short documentaries were made for campaigns (on landgrabbing, evictions, prisoner rights, and economic justice) based in Europe and Africa
Daan Wijdeveld, Editor
Daan edits (short) fiction, documentary, trailers and commercials. After graduating at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam in 2010, he works as a freelance editor and has worked on several short and long films. One edited documentary, ‘Winterslaap in Lukomir’, was awarded several prizes including the ‘VPRO documentary award’ for most promising documentary crew of 2010 and the ‘Best Medium Length Film’ at Trento Film Festival in Italy. The VFX film ‘Bizarre samenloop van omstandigheden’ won in Aspen, America in 2011 at the Shortfest the Award for ‘Best Comedy’, the Audience Award for Favorite Live Action Short at Palm Springs International ShortFest and the OFF’12 International Children and Youth Award on the Odense International Film Festival.
Jeandre is an experienced cameraman & producer with a deep passion for wildlife and humanitarian issues. He believes documentaries are the perfect medium for promoting a positive social and environmental change. His work has been shown across the world including M-Net, SABC, KBS, SBS, Danish TV, EBS, SBS, MBC, DIFF and Jackson Hole. Productions which he has shot on have also been nominated for several awards, and even scooped two golden horns at the SAFTAs.
Pietje Vervest, Co-Producer
Pietje is Coordinator for the Economic Justice Programme at Transnational Institute. She has specialised in the European Union’s trade and investment agenda, but recenty moved to working more on agrarian justice issues. She is also one of the co-founders of the Burma Center Netherlands, where she is still active. She was connected to XminusY for over 20 years and sits on the board of Ander Europa. Pietje is Dutch and studied Economic Anthropology at the University of Nijmegen where she developed an Asian focus. She joined the TNI in 1992 in what originally was the Philippine Project – looking at EU policies towards the Philippines.
Philip works for FIAN International, an international human rights organization that has advocated for the realization of the right to adequate food for more than 25 years.
Chike Okonkwo, Narrator
British-born of Nigerian parentage, Chike was one of ten selected from 10,000 actors in the BBC’s Acting Talent Scheme in 2001. Was a member of the UK’s National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) from 1999 – 2002.
Nick Buxton and Jenny Franco were storyboard consultants.