Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. A Girl's Life is one of five stories from the In Kibera project, sharing stories of life and hope from East Africa's largest slum. See all the stories at inkibera.com

    Eunice Akoth is a fourth grade student at the Kibera School for Girls. She has a passion for poetry, an aptitude for math, and a love of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. She has lived all her life in Kibera, and though she is only ten years old, she dreams of traveling the world, from New York to Melbourne, before returning to Kenya and becoming a doctor. Though she has been lucky enough to receive a free education, and is celebrated as an exceptionally bright student by her teachers, she also represents the far-too-common case of a girl who must overcome extreme obstacles in order to find a path out of poverty.

    Learn more about the organization at shofco.org

    Role: Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
    Calligraphy: Koji Minami
    Color Correction: Ryan Gagnier
    Sound Design & Mix: Wesley Slover
    Music: Matthew Morgan, Ryan Taubert

    # vimeo.com/98016344 Uploaded 44.6K Plays / / 52 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  2. Sixty percent of parents in prison report being over 100 miles away from their children. For many families -- and especially for their children -- this distance presents an intractable obstacle to visiting their loved one.

    For 13 years, the nonprofit Get on the Bus has addressed this problem by coordinating visits for children and their caretakers to prisons throughout California. In 2013, they gave over 1,200 children the opportunity to see their mothers or fathers in prison. It's not a small feat; there's an immense amount of coordination involved, but the outcome we witnessed made it all seem worthwhile, and even essential.

    Get on the Bus not only contributes to children's wellbeing by connecting them with their parents; they also offer significant support for those incarcerated. Study after study shows that incarcerated people who receive family visits are significantly less likely to return to prison after their release.

    Learn more at fieldstudiofilms.com/get-on-the-bus or getonthebus.us.

    # vimeo.com/102121893 Uploaded 279 Plays / / 0 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  3. It is claimed that after the April 25th 7.8 Magnitude earthquake struck in Nepal, it has been claimed that 2.8 Nepalese have been displaced and 6,204 people are known to have died in Nepal alone.

    Film commissioned by Partners International Canada. Please support Nepal earthquake relief initiatives.

    Music: Ambient Sketchbook & The children at Bhim Lal's orphanage in Nepal.

    Special thanks to Nikolai Efimov for post-audio work.

    # vimeo.com/126828067 Uploaded 1,904 Plays / / 0 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  4. Behind the fabric of India’s buildings and the people of the Sundarbans

    Bricks of Bengal is part of the Microcosm series. An exploration of world cultures through audio-visuals

    Filmed on location during on August 2013 to capture life in the Sundarban Islands

    More about the creative process behind the project here:
    directorsnotes.com/2014/06/25/robert-mentov-bricks-of-bengal/

    Music:
    "African Dreams"
    Richard Heacock

    "Dhaka"
    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
    creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    # vimeo.com/97175507 Uploaded 7,920 Plays / / 28 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  5. asworldsdivide.com
    sukumentawai.org
    facebook.com/asworldsdivide
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    While on a surf expedition to the tropical islands of Mentawai in Indonesia, filmmaker Rob Henry finds himself immersed between two starkly different local communities – an impoverished government-run settlement and a tribal people living traditionally and abundantly in the jungle.

    Filmed over the course of six years, As Worlds Divide takes us on an intimate journey inside these two contrasting ways of life, enabling a personal insight into the issue of indigenous displacement as well as demonstrating the importance this ancient cultural wisdom has in protecting the health and well-being of all Mentawai people.

    Edit by Sara Edwards
    Music by David Kahne
    Colour grade by Sonia Heideman
    Thumbnail photo by Tariq Zaidi

    # vimeo.com/49676320 Uploaded 16.1K Plays / / 43 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

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This is a channel for filmmakers to put their finished documentaries, trailers, and teasers so that more people can see them and learn about the people and issues we try to advocate for.
Unfinished works and critiques are also welcome.

(The background photograph is of Kibera, the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Homes in Kibera are shacks of corrugated metal, with no plumbing or electricity. 20,000 children in Kibera can't afford to attend public school, due to the cost of books and uniforms. HIV/AIDS devastates the community.)

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