Journeys of Inspiration
In a series of short intimate interviews, host and co-founder of Picture People, Nick Danziger, will bring us the achievements, stories and struggles of how inspiring professionals from around the world are pursuing their careers while hoping to make a difference to the world we live in. Many are using visual media, technology, and the creative arts to effectively expose social and environmental abuses, alter perceptions and behaviours and affect change.
Held once a month, we will hear from a range of guests - filmmakers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, advocates, lawyers, and educators and learn what inspires them to pursue their work, and the impact their work is having on people, communities and our planet. Guests will also include alumni from our Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy held in Venice, Italy every year.
Listen to an award-winning young Egyptian filmmaker who is trying to break down cultural and gender barriers, an American film producer who has been selected by Forbes 30 under 30 for her work and an Argentinian producer who uses film to showcase tragic events in Argentina and the interaction between science and the arts, and in the process be inspired!
Our podcasts are only 20 minutes in length as we know your time is precious!
Watch this space for a new episode each month!
Our first guest is, Hayat Aljowaily, a young Egyptian filmmaker and producer who works in Paris and strives to use documentaries to promote social cohesion and cultural understanding. Hayat, grew up between Washington D.C, Cairo, Geneva, and New York, and attended Sciences Po and Columbia University.
Since graduation, she has worked for Marvel Studios and currently works at Mediawan.
Aside from her work as a film professional, Hayat is also a filmmaker. Hayat’s bachelors' thesis film, Maybe Next Time, has screened at over 10 events and festivals around the world. Most notably, it won the Audience Award at the Tripoli Online Film Festival in Lebanon. She is currently developing several independent projects, including Last Call, a short film.
Ana Fraile, a producer and filmmaker from Argentina, is our second guest for our ‘Journeys of Inspiration’ podcast series. Ana studied screenwriting at the International School of Television and Cinema and her first documentary received the National Film Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Having released her first documentary Un fueguito, about Cesar Milstein, a nobel-prize biochemist from Argentina in 2010, Ana subsequently founded Pulpofilms, a production company that specialises in creating audio-visual content in Buenos Aires.
Ana continues to pursue her artistic vision and storytelling, by producing documentaries and short films that highlight the intersection between science and art, and the historical aspects of tragic events in Argentina.
Find out more about what inspires Ana to pursue her career while hoping to make a difference to the world we live in.
Elizabeth Woodward is an award-winning American filmmaker from New York City and founder of Willa Productions. Her films have been shortlisted for Academy Awards and premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival to name just a few.
Recent projects include ON THE DIVIDE a feature documentary about a community in South Texas divided over the last abortion clinic on the US/Mexico border and YOU RESEMBLE ME a narrative drama (Venice Film Festival 2021) which is currently on the festival circuit and has won 18 awards to date.
Other internationally acclaimed documentaries include Netflix’s THE GREAT HACK (2019 Academy Award shortlist) about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal, and HBO’s documentary series THE VOW: A NXIVM STORY which the New York Times called one of the Best TV shows of 2020.
In 2021, Elizabeth was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Media list and the DOC NYC 40 Under 40 list. She is a graduate from Brown University and received her masters from the University of Cambridge.
Vicki is a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocate from the U.K based in Senegal, West Africa, for the past seven years. She is a passionate believer in the right of women and girls to access safe, dignified and life changing SRH services.
In her previous role with leading global provider of SRH services MSI Reproductive Choices, Vicki became interested in the potential of film and personal stories to help people to see an issue in a new light, and its power to amplify the voices of the people most impacted.
Vicki recently began a new role with a Senegalese media production and campaigns NGO, leading on a new SRHR project supporting local activists and CSOs to develop their own content for SRHR campaigns in multiple African countries.
She is also working, in collaboration with a Senegalese director, on her first documentary, exploring restrictions on abortion and how they play out in people’s lives in Senegal and The Gambia, home to some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Africa and the world.