1. This film follows the brave work being carried out by ‘Young Women for Change’, an organisation based in Afghanistan. Comprised of young women and men ‘Young Women for Change’ are standing up against human rights abuses and are empowering women to take a more active part in a society largely destroyed by conflict. Their amazing work has influenced young Amnesty International activists to stand in solidarity with them here in the UK.

    Direction & Photography – Paul Redman
    Producer, Sound & Editor – Tim Lewis
    Executive Producer – Laura Francis
    Music – Chris Zabriskie

    amnesty.org.uk/afghanistan
    youngwomenforchange.org/
    chriszabriskie.com/

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  4. 'Freedom in Your Hands', Amnesty International UK's action in 2010 on Burma, was inspired by the work of James Mackay, a London-based freelance documentary photographer who has photographed more than 160 former Burmese political prisoners. Handcrafted Films tells the story of James' work and the action Amnesty intend to take. The film was extremely successful, receiving over 12,000 views in the first month of its release. It also ended up being included on the Official Selection of the Vimeo Film Festival last year, being screened at the New York School of Visual Arts and was credited with '...exemplifies the evolution of compelling short docs on the web...'. It was also shown at the Labour Party Conference on International Affairs.

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  5. Members of Indonesian civil society travel to Brussels to urge European countries to create better laws for combating illegal timber entering the European Union (EU). A West Papuan tribal leader accompanies the delegation and presents a speech on behalf of his community, who have suffered directly from the impact of illegal logging.

    Indonesian Civil Society is part of a series of five films '5x5 Voices of Change from the forests of Indonesia'. They won Best Cultural Message and Best Film for a Government Agency at the Montana International Wildlife Film Awards in 2008. The films were also given Merit Awards for Filmmaking Style, Sound Design and Perspective.

    To date the films have been screened internationally at numerous venues and conferences. They were shown at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the International Climate Change Conference in Bali, the Link TV Awards and the Soho Short film awards. They were broadcast on SCTV, Indonesia’s number one TV station, to over 13 million Indonesians on the Liputan Morning News. The films have generated a massive amount of online interest featuring on BBC Filmnetwork, BBC Science and Nature, Green TV, Vimeo, YouTube and of course our own site.
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Working as a camera operator, sound recordist, video editor, photographer, production manager and writer, Tim Lewis produces documentary films for a wide range of international charities, government agencies and the arts sector. His experience also includes…


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Working as a camera operator, sound recordist, video editor, photographer, production manager and writer, Tim Lewis produces documentary films for a wide range of international charities, government agencies and the arts sector. His experience also includes broadcast and corporate pieces, ranging from glossy celebrity portraits to feature length documentaries. His work has taken him to many difficult and challenging locations. Filming semi nomadic communities in the rainforests of Borneo, interviewing refugees on the Thai-Burma border, climbing volcanoes and glaciers in Iceland or following civil rights campaigners through war torn Liberia and the Congo. He is a co-director of Handcrafted Films Ltd.

Awards:
2008 International Wildlife Film Awards ‘5x5: Voices of change from the forests of Indonesia’.
Best Cultural Message, Best Film for a government agency, Merit Award for Sound Design.
2008 Rushes Soho Shorts Documentary Festival, shortlisted semi-finals.
2010 Official Selection, Vimeo Film Festival. ‘Freedom in your Hands’.
2012 Semi Finalist, Focus Forward Film Festival, 'Grease Lighting'.
2012 Winner, New York Short Film Festival, ‘Why don’t we do it in the Road’.

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