Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. Copywriter/Researcher/Co-Producer: Rahmah Ghazali ( Twitter: @rahmahghazali
    DP/Visual Editor/Co-Producer: Hisyam Salleh ( Twitter: @saifulhisyam

    Shooting using the 5D Mark III. In post-production I'm using Adobe Premiere CS6 for online editing.


    Mohammad Azmi, a 55-year-old former contractor, has dedicated his life to rescuing stray dogs and cats, despite living in a country where dogs, especially, are considered taboo, filthy and un- Islamic. The Muslims who care for dogs are usually frowned upon, let alone touch and feed them.

    However for Mohammad Azmi, who is fondly known as Pak Mie, his love for these animals is unconditional, as he, with the help from his wife, splurge their savings on the stray animals by providing a shelter, food and medication on daily basis, apart getting donations from concerned citizens. To date, he has rescued more than a whopping 600 stray animals, a figure that no other licensed shelters have ever accommodated.

    This also means that they have to lead a simple life; so simple that they sleep in the car parked outside the shelter that they built just to make sure that no one harms the animals during the night.
    Pak Mie’s activity has however attracted the attention from the local council, which in the other hand, usually resorts to killing the strays instead of putting them at animal shelters.

    Although Pak Mie knows that he will never get anything in return by sacrificing his normal life, he is hopeful that he will continue to do so until his last breath.

    For more information about Pak Mie please visit or his Facebook (managed by his son) or

    *If you think we have given our best in producing this documentary, why don't you support us by giving a tip so we will have more resources to produce more inspirational documentaries in the future! :D
    Spanish translation by JBeigbeder

    A Stray Hero (Un Héroe de la Calle)

    Filmada usando la Canon 5D Mark III. Para la post-produccion he utilizado Adobe Premiere CS6 para la edición de video.


    Mohammad Azmi, un ex-contratista de 55 años, ha dedicado su vida a rescatar perros y gatos extraviados a pesar de vivir en una ciudad donde los perros, especialmente, están considerados tabú, inmundos y antiislámicos. Los musulmanes que se preocupan de los perros son especialmente mal vistos y mucho más los que los tocan y alimentan.

    Sin embargo para Mohammad Azmi, quien es conocido cariñosamente como Pak Mie, su amor por estos animales es incodicional, como él, con la ayuda de su mujer, gastan sus ahorros en los animales callejeros facilitándoles un refugio, alimentos y medicinas como necesidades diarias, además consiguen donaciones de ciudadanos concienciados. Hasta la fecha, ha rescatado la friolera de 600 animales extraviados, una cifra que otros refugios con licencia no han conseguido igualar.

    Esto significa que ellos tienen que llevar una vida sencilla; tan básica que ellos duermen en el coche aparcado fuera del refugio que ellos mismos construyeron para vigilar que nadie hiera a los animales durante la noche.
    Sin embargo la actividad de Pak Mie atrajo la atención del Consejo Local, el que por otro lado, recurre a sacrificar a los callejeros en vez de entregarlos a los refugios de animales.

    Aunque Park Mie sabe que nunca obtendrá nada a cambio de sacrificar su vida por ellos, espera continuar haciéndolo hasta su último suspiro.

    Para más información acerca de Park Mie por favor visita o su dirección de Facebook (gestionada por su hijo)

    *Si piensas que hemos dado lo mejor en producir este documental, ¿por qué no nos apoyas aportando una ayuda y así podamos tener más recursos para producir más en el futuro

    Spanish subtitle by Javier ( You can download the subtitle here

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  2. What is a crop wild relative? And why are they important for the security of the world's major food sources? This film focusses on the potential uses locked inside the billion seeds stored at the Millennium Seed Bank

    Commissioned by Kew Gardens for a second year, Lonelyleap were asked to produce two films in continuation of the online content strand, Beyond the Gardens. With a focus on more complex environmental issues, our job was to translate these in a concise and digestible way for the public, whilst still retaining scientific accuracy. The outcome are films that further cement Kew's integral role in solving some of the world's most pressing issues, dispelling their reputation as just a fun day out.

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  3. In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

    Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

    As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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  4. Tonya Littlewolf has rescued wolves all her life. At a sanctuary in the empty California desert, she looks after 14 majestic wolves which have been rescued from breeders. Yet, as she cares for the creatures, even feeding them mouth-to-mouth, Tonya questions whether these wolves would be better off in the wild. WOLF MOUNTAIN is a beautiful portrait of Tonya that explores her spiritual connection with the serene and misunderstood animals.

    Winner of Nat Geo WILD's Wild to Inspire competition.

    Directed and Produced by:
    Dan Duran, Brendan Nahmias, Sam Price-Waldman

    Cinematography and Editing by:
    Dan Duran and Sam Price-Waldman

    Music by:

    Featuring Tonya Littlewolf & Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

    Copyright 2012 - Dan Duran, Brendan Nahmias, Sam Price-Waldman

    Thanks for watching!

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  5. Just outside Grants, New Mexico, is a 200-acre heap of toxic uranium waste, known as tailings. After 30 years of failed cleanup, the waste has deeply contaminated the air and water near the former uranium capital of the world. TAILINGS is a cinematic investigation into the pile that is gravely shaping the lives of those who are stuck living in its shadow.

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    BIG THANKS to all those who helped to make the film. In particular:
    Chris Cresci [co-cinematographer]
    Joe Sill [graphics and animation]
    Polly Hall [music]
    Lillie Wojcik [PR/marketing]

    A very special thanks to Candace Head-Dylla, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, and Southwest Research and Information Center for their support of the project!

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