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Escape from ISIS wins at RTS Awards

Escape from ISIS won Best International Current Affairs Programme at the Royal Television Society awards. Tremendous honour!

Thank you to Royal Television Society for recognising the fantastic storytelling of our Director Ed Watts, and for the support of Channel 4 and PBS Frontline that went into making Escape from Isis. Mediadante co-produced the documentary along with Evan Williams and of course ITN Productions.

RTS Awards

 

Watch our documentary for Al Jazeera’s 101 East

In Pakistan, making music can have deadly consequences. For religious hardliners, secular music is seen as un-Islamic and they have silenced musicians’ voices. Some have been killed while others have fled the country. Those left behind face constant fear, death threats and poverty. It’s a far cry from the golden era of the ‘60s where tunes of all genres offered Pakistanis relief from military repression and political uncertainty.

Right to Education

 

It has been an education in hope above hope for the Mediadante team working on this film about children and young people tying to get an education in conflict and violence.

Made with Education Above All for release at the UN conference with PEIC at WISE.

Directed by Adam Sobel and Produced by Tom Lancaster.

5 Years after Ben Ali

Produced by Samar Media – ” سمر”, in collaboration with Mediadante, this film was released on 14 January 2015, the 5 Year Anniversary of the end of Ben Ali’s rule.

Bouhdid Belhadi was part of the protests as a teenager. Today he still struggles against injustice as a member of Shams – a local LGBT rights organisation fighting to decriminalise homosexuality.

Watch his story here: Samar Media

Samar Tunisia

5 Years after the Arab Spring, a film for the Guardian

Do you remember where you were and how you felt when you realised something called the Arab Spring had started? It’s been five years now.

Mediadante worked with The Guardian to produce a film about what’s become of the Arab Spring in Tunisia. Watch the film on The Guardian’s site to see what’s happened 5 years after the revolution caught fire, from the point of view of people who were there from the start: http://gu.com/p/4f6kd/stw

Guardian

 

 

A Struggle for Home

Struggle for Home

 

We are very proud to have co-produced Christina Paschyn’s doc “A Struggle for Home” about the Crimean Tatars. Very few people talk about their fight for rights at home today. There were tears at our first public viewing as people watched Crimean clocks being turned back two hours after the invasion to fit Moscow time. Thanks to Al Jazeera Documentary Festival where the film premiered.

 

We won an award!

We won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for On The Top! Our documentary series following the first Qatari man, first Saudi woman and first Palestinian man up to the summit of Everest. Made for QTV in 2013.

We are SO so proud of the series and all the hard work that went into…sometimes death defying. A HUGE thank you to the team and never forgetting Anthony Abou Khalife, the co-director, who so sadly died before the series was put to air.

After the Cup

So the team Mediadante chose to follow for our documentary about The Workers Cup – the GCC team – came fourth in the end. Number 4 out of 24 ain’t bad for a team who had little to no practice together before the games began!

Our shooting team – Adam Sobel, Ramzy Haddad and Nazim Aggoune – were out for weeks on end following the stories of the team as they progressed through the tournament. They lost five kilos between them running around after the players but gained an insight into a world that is little known or documented to the outside world.

And now the games are over we are going to continue to follow the progress of the players…we’ll let you know what happens in the months ahead.

A little something we made for Coca Cola

In December 2013 we were privileged to produce the Qatar section of this campaign for Coca Cola. It was all made under a veil of secrecy as the REAL World Cup came to visit Doha one weekend along with around 18 personal guards to look after the trophy (that we counted at one point anyway).

We were so happy that the secret had been kept properly and the footy team was able to react naturally to the dream they had of one day holding that trophy. It was a real pleasure working with Manu from Dejavu and Wadih Safiedinne and Y + R Dubai in order to make it all come together.

 

 

 

 

The Workers Cup shoot begins….

On Friday we began shooting on our feature documentary about The Workers Cup…a football tournament between 24 teams of migrant workers in Qatar. We are following some amazing football talent (and some less so) both on and off the pitch for the next few weeks. We’ll keep you updated and introduce you to the key characters taking part as we go.

Here are a few pics of our first shoot…and a chance to meet the director, Adam Sobel.