Over the last years, we have implemented several projects for GIZ and have recently done so again: in Ethiopia, Namibia, Nepal, Kosovo, Colombia, Morocco and Germany. The GIZ [German Society for International Cooperation] is a government organization working in the field of development cooperation. Worldwide, GIZ advises people and organizations on learning and change processes to make the future better and worth living.
In this project we portrayed the cooperation between GIZ and the “Center for International Migration and Development (CIM)”. Among other things, the CIM supports people who want to expand their know-how somewhere in the world and then bring it to good use in their country of origin. We have created 7 best-practice video portraits, showing people who are funded by the CIM and who benefit from their activities and services in order to realize their projects in their home country.
In order to produce the portraits, our local film teams accompanied the protagonists for several days during their work and their everyday life. For example, we visited Azis Chiki on his olive tree farm in Morocco. He himself was fortunate enough to study engineering in Germany and now wants to give something back to his country by bringing the know-how for a higher-quality production of olive oil there.
Apekshya Dhungel, on the other hand, was very affected by the last earthquake in her home country Nepal, which occurred in 2015. She set out to make cities like Kathmandu both liveable and resilient to earthquakes and therefore went to Germany to study architecture and urban planning.
We also visited Surafel Mengisto in Ethiopia. Surafel trained as a nurse in Germany and has now returned to Ethiopia with the support of CIM to volunteer at a nursing home of the Macadonias Humanitarian Association in Addis Ababa. Here, with great dedication he cares for homeless, old and disabled people of all ages.
These are just three examples, but they certainly proof how inspiring the collaboration with the protagonists was. We stuck to their story as close as possible and adequately portrayed their work – authentic, multi-faceted and driven by real interest. Once again, it was exciting to delve into the unknown worlds of our protagonists, because discovery and narration is part of our DNA.
In addition to the video portraits, we have produced an accompanying photo series for CIM’s Internet presence and written journalistic texts. The contributions are available online at https://www.cimonline.de/de/html/index.html.
Overall, an enriching experience with a successful output of which we are really proud.