Stories from Bangladesh on solar energy, social welfare and good governance from Bangladesh:
Short documentaries on mobile technology entrepreneurs for the World Bank’s infoDev unit: www.infodev.org
Documentaries on climate and mobile technology entrepreneurs I filmed and produced for the World Bank’s infoDev unit (www.infodev.org)
Climate Change in Nepal – productions for the World Bank
Solar Power in Mongolia
Hurricane Katrina: Coverage for DWTV
In 2005 I was given access by the Pentagon to spend three days at the Guantanamo prison in Guantanamo Cuba. Due to unforeseen circumstances I had the chance to visit the facilities as a single reporter – instead of being part of the usual media tour given to a large group of reporters. I was able to interview the top leaders for the base as well as the prison operations, I witnessed an Administrative Review Board Hearing of the alleged former “Finance minister” of the Taliban and was given an in depth tour of the prison facilities. Visiting Guantanamo had a surreal quality – while the Guantanamo prison has cast a dark shadow on US politics for a long time to come, life on the base was as ordinary as one could imagine. The soldiers were quite generous in extending their cameraderie to a visiting journalist like me and I never figured out if this was just a smart calculation by Pentagon media strategists or the pure boredom of life on an isolated military base. I guess it was both.
Apart from a newsstory for Deutsche Welle TV, I produced the documentary “Guantanamo – unplugged” which received the German Video Journalism Award 2006.
Watch the 15 minute film “Guantanamo – unplugged”:
Watch just a few excerpts from “Guantanamo – unplugged”:
My 2005 Deutsche Welle TV report on Guantanamo:
When the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 happened, I worked as a producer for Sat.1/N24 TV in Washington, watching the Pentagon burn from the roof of our downtown offices. While all access to New York was officially declared closed, I drove together with cameraman Markus Zeffler from DC to NY on the next morning. Making our way into Manhattan, we reported around the clock, becoming physically and – even more so – emotionally exhausted. When the NYPD announced after a few days that every reporter needed an NYPD press pass, we got such press passes. I used one of my shoelaces to put it around my neck. And for ten more days I had no time to find either a new shoelace or a simple string for the pass. The shoelace is still attached to my old press pass.
9/13/2001 happened to be my first time on live TV.
Interview with Donald Trump 9/13/2001 (german/english):
Subsequently I reported frequently from New York covering 9/11 anniversaries and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center,
which Donald Trump had so precisely predicted to be even more majestic.
My production of a Sat.1 documentary about the 9/11 events received a “Telly Finalist” award.
Documentary for the World Bank:
Documentaries for the World Bank