Cultural and social responsibility

We are a team of anthropologists and filmmakers. In every project we undertake, we seek to uphold the Do Not Harm principles in order to prevent any negative short or long-term consequences occurring as a result of our work. This includes respecting all people, cultures and communities we work with and abiding by local laws and customs, as well as respecting the right to people’s autonomy; everyone has the right to decline to participate in our projects.

To ensure the safety of all involved in our projects, we carry out full risk-assessments prior to production, working closely with a local team to address any possible issues that could arise during filming.

Although we are storytellers and always look to shape narratives, we will never compromise a contributor’s dignity or intentions for our own artistic vision and strive to portray communities as accurately and authentically as possible. We also adhere to stringent guidelines when working with vulnerable individuals, minors and in more challenging contexts.

To ensure Do Not Harm principles are adhered to and upheld at all times we will not collaborate with any individuals or companies that jeopardize these principles, working only with individuals and organisations that share our social and environmental responsibilities.

At the heart of our philosophy is an ethical approach to filmmaking

Environmental commitments

Reelmedia Film adheres to all environmental legislation acts in the UK, such as the 2015 waste regulation act that promotes responsible waste disposal for businesses. We take every measure to prevent waste and instead we recycle and reuse where possible. This is particularly true of electrical and electronic equipment, which are never just thrown away.

We carbon-offset all air travel by always using CDM Gold Standard schemes. This year we are supporting The Sodo Forestry Project and their work for the Ethiopian Forest Regeneration Cooperative.

Charitable donations

Every year we donate 10% of our pre-tax profit to charity.

This year’s charity is Voices in Exile that works with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants with no recourse to public funds.