Hello Suriname: “Seize the Power of Filmmaking”

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 6 May 2014 – After breakfast with U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay Anania and a handful of local journalists. I’m here for a week of workshops, presentations and interviews with local journalists, students and others. The central theme of the visit is the power of filmmaking with hand-held digital cameras and distribution over […]

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Me to Suriname: Make Films

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 4 May 2014 – The walk on the tarmac from my plane to the airport terminal brought me back to the tropics. The smell of wood fires for cooking. The deep humidity. A cool evening breeze. The sunset. Smelled like Nicaragua. I’m here for a week of workshops, presentations and interviews about the […]

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McClatchy Foreign Correspondent and State of the Craft

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 April 2014 — McClatchy Newspapers foreign correspondent Hannah Allam addresses my Foreign Correspondence class. Allam is the foreign affairs correspondent for McClatchy, covering the State Department and international diplomacy from Washington. She was bureau chief in Baghdad from 2003-2006 and was Middle East bureau chief, based in Cairo, from 2006-20012. Her war […]

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“Through Their Eyes” at Toronto Film Festival

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 April 2014 — My wife, Esther, and I are pleased to announce that our documentary, “Through Their Eyes,” has been nominated to compete in the Documentary Feature category at the Toronto International Film and Video Awards festival. The documentary follows a diverse group of six American University students discovering the forbidden island […]

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International Video Journalism Workshop Ends

WASHINGTON, DC, 23 February 2014 — Check out the group photo at the end of our Video Journalism Workshop this past weekend. We had a diverse, international group. From left is Bruce Jones, Jerry Gardiner from Liberia, Will Hoffinger, Mariana Alvarez Joyal from Venezuela, me, Zar Sarmast from Afghanistan, my wife Esther from Cuba, David […]

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Where Has All the (Our) Money Gone?

  KABUL, Afghanistan, 7 January 2014 — This is a brief clip I shot in a refugee camp in Kabul. According to a camp spokeswoman, the camp houses about 1,500 people from across Afghanistan who have fled the war. She said some of the refugees have been here for as long as 12 years. No […]

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