Storytelling in the last great Himalayan kingdom

Bhutan


Date
06/04/2019

Client
UNICEF

Output
• 2 x 60 second films
• 2 x photo stories
• 30 x photographs across all programme areas

Telling the stories of Bhutan's young people.

Reelmedia travelled to work with UNICEF Bhutan to produce engaging multimedia content that helps both regional and country level communication and advocacy objectives.

We produced films and photographs for UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child campaign (CRC@30), which profile UNICEF beneficiaries and young children’s rights champions, highlighting how the organisation’s work has positively impacted the lives of many children in the country. We further worked to produce outputs for UNICEF’s Voices of Youth campaign, which explore the challenges that many young people face in preparing for their transition to adulthood, focusing particularly on employment and future South Asian economies.

For the Convention on the Rights of the Child campaign, we met with Tashi – a child rights advocate who is challenging violence against children in Bhutan. We also visited one of Bhutan’s monastries to document UNICEF’s efforts in ensuring that young monks, from often disadvantaged backgrounds, have a diverse range of employment opportunities after they graduate. For UNICEF’s Voices of Youth campaign, we met with Tshering who has overcome adversity in order to achieve success.

Country profile


Bhutan is a small and remote Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, located between its powerful neighbours, India and China. The country has a population of around 800,000 people who speak Dzongkha, Bhutan’s national language. The country is renowned for its many beautiful monasteries and fortresses, as well as its sublime landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.

Young monks pose for a selfie inbetween shots.

Overcoming challenges


There were many challenges to overcome in Bhutan, specifically with regard to time. We arrived late into the country, due to travel complications, which set us back instantly, meaning that we had to revisit and adjust our schedule. We also had to consider the slow-paced environment of Bhutanese society. Through careful planning and revision, we were able to fully capture UNICEF’s work and efforts in Bhutan.

Young skilled farmers show us how it's done.

Our technical approach


Our films were shot in 4K with a Sony FS7.  We used Fujinon MK Cine Zooms (18-55 and 50-135), which allowed us to capture cinematic shots throughout our fast-paced schedule.


Storytelling in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka


Date
29/03/2019

Client
UNICEF

Output
• 2 x 60 second films
• 2 x photo stories
• 30 x photographs across all programme areas

Telling the stories of Sri Lankan's young people.

Reelmedia travelled to work with UNICEF Sri Lanka to produce engaging multimedia content that helps both regional and country level communication and advocacy objectives.

We produced films and photographs for UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child campaign (CRC@30), which profile UNICEF beneficiaries and document the way in which the organisation’s work has positively impacted the lives of many children in the country.

For the Convention on the Rights of the Child campaign, we met with Thayalen who, with the help of the Sri Lankan social service which is funded by UNICEF, is able to go to school again in spite of his disadvantaged background.

Country profile


The tropical island of Sri Lanka, neighbouring the southern tip of India, has attracted many visitors for centuries with its natural beauty. The country has a dense population of around 21 million people and a great cultural diversity. Sri Lanka’s major religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.

We worked with many children of all ages.

Overcoming challenges


We had to overcome many challenges in Sri Lanka, such as filming during a scorching heatwave and keeping young children engaged during long filming periods. We created a schedule that helped us avoid extreme temperatures, and strategically planned the filming process in order to keep the children focused. Instead of filming our interviews with the children, we conducted short audio-interviews which highlighted the most significant aspects of their stories. This then gave us a clear direction on the type of shots we needed in order to cinematically convey their journeys in only a 1-minute film – all of which helped us to work quickly and effectively in order to keep the children engaged.

Young students pose for a photo inbetween their studies.

Our technical approach


Our films were shot in 4K with a Sony FS7.  We used Fujinon MK Cine Zooms (18-55 and 50-135), which allowed us to capture cinematic shots throughout our fased-paced schedule.


Storytelling in Asia's smallest country

The Maldives


Date
22/03/2019

Client
UNICEF

Output
• 2 x 60 second films
• 2 x photo stories
• 30 x photographs across all programme areas

Telling the stories of the Maldivian youth.

Reelmedia travelled to work with UNICEF Maldives to produce engaging multimedia content that helps both regional and country level communication and advocacy objectives.

We produced films and photographs for UNICEF’s Convention on the Rights of the Child campaign (CRC@30), which profile young child rights champions, highlighting how the organisation’s work has positively impacted the lives of many children on the islands. We further worked to produce outputs for UNICEF’s Voices of Youth campaign, which explore the challenges that many young people face in preparing for their transition to adulthood, focusing particularly on employment and future South Asian economies.

For the Convention on the Rights of the Child campaign, we met with Afaa – a child rights advocate who is opposing urban development in Kudafushi in order to safeguard the environment for the island’s children. For UNICEF’s Voices of Youth campaign, we met with Hamna who has overcome adversity in order to achieve success. We also met Neesha who has been constructing new paths for women with regard to education and employment.

Country profile


The Maldives, located in the north-central Indian ocean, consists of a cluster of around 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks. With only 200 inhabited islands, the country’s population consists of around 350,000 people. The official language is an Indo-European language called Dhivehi, but Arabic, Hindi, and English are also spoken. Islam is the country’s state religion.

Afaa shows us the environmental damage that is occuring in Kudafushi.

Overcoming challenges


We overcame a range of different obstacles during our time in the Maldives, including the inability to film during central hours of the day due to scorching temperatures, and the need to arrive on islands that weren’t easily accessible. There was also a lot of content to produce (two films, two photo stories and thirty photographs) in the space of only five days. In order to overcome these obstacles, we worked extensively on an organised schedule that took into consideration all of these possible challenges prior to arrival.

Young students tell us more about their aspirations.

Our technical approach


Our films were shot in 4K with a Sony FS7.  We used Fujinon MK Cine Zooms (18-55 and 50-135), which allowed us to capture cinematic shots throughout our fast-paced schedule.