Looking with a new set of eyes

Looking with a new set of eyes

Timothy Mwaura is a Kenyan cinematographer and director. He has worked for Makmende on many different 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 if we could do an interview to find out what drives him and to know more about his background. It ended up being a conversation about the human condition and the love of cinematography. 
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When Alessandra met Zainabu and Saumu

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.
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From a taxi in Berlin to the office in Amsterdam

From a taxi in Berlin to the office in Amsterdam

My journey with Makmende Media started back in 2015 when I was in Berlin. I met a  taxi driver who is also a freelance cinematographer. After we talked about filmmaking, he told me about Makmende Media and advised me to apply and work with them. He’d worked with them before and he said they were always in search of creatives from all around the world.
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wo months later I was back in Jordan and sent Makmende my portfolio. Without mentioning the crazy story of how I got to know about them. They hired me to do an assignment in Jordan which was my first project with a company from outside my country.  This was the start of a longer working relationship with Makmende that eventually lead me to going to Amsterdam to work at the Makmende headquarters.
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