Spotlight on our network: Cameras don’t make movies, people do. Today we wanted to put a spotlight on one of the talented visual storytellers that we’ve worked with. Vee Salazar is a Filipino documentary filmmaker who we’ve collaborated with on multiple projects. She was the videographer for our projects with GAA/PLAN, and most recently Care. … Read more
Makmende is proud to announce our new and shiny partnership with IUCN and WWF. The prospect of this collaboration is very exciting! We aim to open up a dialogue about best practices to protect ecosystems around the world. Not a minor topic, we would say… The bottleneck seems to be collaboration between business, government and civil … Read more
Would you like to work on videos with impact filmed in Africa, Asia and LA? Do you enjoy video editing for social media campaigns? If yes, then you might want to join our Makmende Media team as our editing intern. At Makmende we support clients that want to change the world. With a small international … Read more
Looking with a new set of eyes
Timothy Mwaura is a Kenyan cinematographer and director. He has worked with Makmende on many assignments across the continent. But, in the rush of a production there’s never time to really get to know each other, so we asked for an interview to find out what drives him. It ended up being a conversation about the human condition and the love of cinematography.
Simply telling the story isn’t enough anymore
Why health partnerships don’t make the news and how storytelling could help change that
In developing countries big steps have been taken by health partnerships in the areas of access to medicines and health systems. It is important that a broad audience learns about these initiatives and how pharmaceutical companies contribute to inclusive, equitable, economically productive and healthy societies. If nothing, these stories should offer a balanced reporting and change the view that people have of the ‘Big Pharma’.
When I arrived to Mtinko, in Singida region, 6 hours drive from Dodoma, I felt blessed to be in a school (in the sense that I love my job and meeting people) and have the opportunity to capture the story of Zainabu and Saumu. They are two deaf teenagers who met the vice minister of education when she visited their school. They faced the politician and publicly asked her to build more dormitories, a kitchen and classrooms.
There are not many inclusive schools for children with a hearing impairment in Tanzania, so the students travel long distances to get here. They cannot travel back and forth each day, so they need dormitories at the school to be able to attend classes. The vice-minister promised they’d get the dormitories and when I arrived to the school, indeed, the new buildings were almost finished.