Sam Farmar began his career working for an emergency medical team during the civil war in Southern Sudan but soon started writing for the Guardian newspaper and returned to university to do a Postgraduate MA in Broadcast Journalism. He started out as a local BBC radio reporter going on to become BBC Radio Four’s UK nomination for ‘best European radio documentary’. He has since moved into television and now works freelance: reporting, directing and producing documentaries and news.
Sam was the first reporter to interview Joseph Kony - who remains ‘the most wanted man in Africa’ and is the leader of the ‘Lords Resistance Army’, who in 23 years had never given an interview. The story was the leading broadcast on BBC Newsnight, accompanied by a front-page in 'The Times’ newspaper.
Sam initiated the concept and remotely directed ‘Invisible Enemy’, a 60-minute film that formed part of the BBC's ‘Our War’ Series and won a BAFTA for Best Factual TV Series 2012. The documentary captured the camaraderie and dangers faced by a British army platoon and their enigmatic guitar-playing commander, during their six-month tour in Afghanistan.
He was also the first journalist to interview the world’s most active kidnappers as they funded the presidential campaign during Haiti’s volatile elections. He’s produced and directed films for Channel 4’s award winning international current affairs series, ‘Unreported World,’ where under constant threat he documented vigilantes, torture and disappearances in Guatemala City. His second ‘Unreported World’ followed the lives of North Korean refugees fleeing across the border into China.
Last year Sam reported, produced and directed stories from the Tsunami affected areas of Japan and made two films for BBC Newsnight in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also worked on the BBC's definitive series about the Arab uprisings and spent six months working with the presenter Louis Theroux. Most recently he has made a 'one off' venture back to radio, producing a BBC Radio 4 documentary on the rise of radical Islamists and religious tensions in Nigeria.
Sam is best known for finding great characters, originating stories and developing clear engaging narratives. He has consistently delivered on a wide range of difficult access stories across Africa, Asia and the Americas - covering conflict, politics, adventure and character driven films. He has a sharp eye, great perseverance and is an upbeat engaging character.
With extensive experience as a self-shooting producer / director Sam is trusted to work alone and yet has confidently and successfully led teams and managed presenters in highly sensitive environments for all the major international broadcasters. He holds a US I Visa and is up to date with AKE’s hostile environment training.
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