We had been working in Ethiopia for a week when a friend of ours invited us over to his house for a meal and a cup of buna, the Amharic word for coffee. In Ethiopia, coffee is an integral part of the culture, even more than in my hometown, Seattle. A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony requires special dress, extreme attention to detail, and a reverence for tradition and ritual. Even though we weren’t given an official coffee ceremony, the amount of work that went into our pot of coffee was astounding.
A story of guardianship by Kew over one of the world's most economically valuable crops, we reveal the surprisingly fragile foundations that lie beneath the multi-billion pound industry, showing just how important Kew's scientific research is to securing the fate of our cup of coffee.
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 into concise and digestible films for the public that still retained their scientific accuracy.
Shot roughly two decades after Cape Verde's independence from Portugal, Viva Cape Verde is an ethnographic panorama of the the West African archipelago. Weaving footage and live music gathered over the course of a year, it presents a lively look into the daily life, rituals and celebrations of Cape Verdeans.
Viva Cape Verde invites the viewers into an open ended experience, posing questions and inspiring curiosity rather than seeking resolution.
A video by Marcia Rego, Hermes Illana and Alan Langdon
Travel to your primal roots and explore the similarities of the human condition diving into a balance of survival and communal harmony through a non-narrated portrait of a day-in-the-life in Malawi. HEART IN PLACE highlights an under-represented country where over 80% of the population is rural based and the national motto is the Warm Heart of Africa. Filmed with ethnographic integrity and using only natural sound, this educational short explores a place where time is timeless, the spirit is loving and survival is based on resilience. Featuring Gule Wankulu spirit dancing and traditional Malawian food preparation of Nsima and Nkuku.
Megan shot this on DV tape in 2007, edited in 2008 and it aired on the Documentary Channel on the Dish Network from 2009-2012.