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last updated: 19:15 UTC / Tuesday 22 April 2014


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Save the Children in Jordan commissioned the Dutch photographer and director Chris de Bode and the Dutch filmmaker Steven Elbers to produce a short documentary, ‘Living on Scrap’, a story focusing on the lives of two young boys working to support their families in collecting scrap materials. The film features a 13 year-old Jordanian boy and 13-year-old Syrian refugee who have both had to forfeit their education in exchange for a mere income, working for long hours, in some of the most dangerous conditions. Burdened by a life that has stolen their childhoods, the boys were forced to grow beyond their years. Although, the film portrays the lives of two, it reflects the daily struggle that threatens the future of an entire generation.

Director: Chris de Bode

Camera, Edit, Grading: Steven Elbers
GoPro Shots: Aabed & Qusai

Research & Facilitation: Save the Children Jordan
Facilitation: Artcore Productions BV


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In Freetown Central Prison juveniles serve time alongside up to 1,300 adult prisoners in appalling conditions. Overcrowding, malnutrition, cells without toilets, violence, sexual harassment, infectious diseases, poor hygiene and a lack of medical care were all commonplace making life for the already vulnerable young men intolerable. As minors they should never have ended up in a maximum security prison but Sierra Leone’s slow road back to a pre civil war reality means that the prisons are bursting at the seams and hordes of former child soldiers and war orphans continue to drift in and out of petty crime.

Upon their release, juvenile former inmates have precious little support from a weak central state, making their rehabilitation and reintegration into society a hugely challenging undertaking. For many, a stint in prison is often punished by ostracism from their families and opportunities for employment in a country still reeling from over a decade of civil war remain extremely limited, with a youth unemployment estimate of 60% being one of the highest rates in West Africa. Recidivism among former juvenile prisoners who find themselves back on the streets is high.

This film was shot by Fernando Moleres and edited by Gonzalo Escuder. The making of the film was made possible through the support of the Tim Hetherington Grant by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch.


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Incarcerated in Freetown Photo story
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Free Minor Africa


Trailer for a series of films produced by Adam Patterson & Sam Strickland for Dazed & Confused.


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Brain-machine interface is a fascinating field of research: it allows people to control machines thanks to their cerebral activity and it seems particularly well designed for people with disabilities. A team of scientists from a technical school in Switzerland has developed a wheelchair that can be entirely controlled by thoughts.

Produced by Alban Kakulya for UBIK prod.


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‘The Fight’ is a trilogy about children and cancer shot and edited by Christian Als for the Danish broadcaster TV2.


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Christian Als

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A short film shot by Adam Patterson for Channel4 about the lives of three young people in south Dublin.


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Over the past 20 years, many of Romania’s migrant labourers have done well for themselves in France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Nowhere is their affluence more visible than back home, in the villages of northern Transylvania.

Shot by Petrut Calinescu.
Interviews by Ioana Hodoiu.


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Pride and Concrete - photostory

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Greenland’s vast natural resources, ranging from oil and gas to uranium, rare earth and iron ore, have remained largely inaccessible under thick layers of ice, making them too difficult and expensive to extract. But with a receding ice sheet and new transport routes opening through the Northwest Passage these prized materials have now placed Greenland at the threshold of a potential commodities boom that could see the territory transformed.

Espen Rasmussen visited Greenland to meet both sides of the debate. Shot, produced and edited by Espen Rasmussen.


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To Dig or Not to Dig: Photos
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There are 75,000 Baka pygmies in Cameroon. Traditionally nomadic, the tribe is being forced from its forest home by the logging industry. The Baka have been resettled and they face discrimination and social problems, lack of education, teenage pregnancy and alcoholism. They are struggling to fit into the modern world.

Wood from the central African rainforest is in demand around the world. The forest loses 2000 square km every year to logging. As the logged forest bleeds out of the port of Douala by the truckload, the Baka do not know how to fight back. The children’s rights NGO Plan International is helping the Baka get into school, gain legal rights through birth registration and develop agricultural skills.

Marc Schlossman traveled to Cameroon with journalist Jane Labous. They gathered stills and video in Baka communities in the forest of south east Cameroon, bordering Central African Republic and DRC, and spoke with representatives of the Belgian forestry operation in the region, the government delegate for social affairs in Bertoua and even Seventh Day Adventist missionaries in one Baka community. Without education, it is hard to see how the Baka will combine preserving their identity and traditions in the dwindling forests with the steps necessary to make their way in a changing world.

Commissioned by Plan International.


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With the decline of the textile industry, the mills which provided work for people who migrated to Bradford from the Asian subcontinent in the 1950s and 60s now lie empty.

In 2011, theatre company Freedom Studios took over Drummonds Mill in Manningham and worked with professional actors and the local community to produce a play about the experiences of Bradford’s mill workers.

In this film, Madani Younis and Deborah Dickinson from Freedom Studios discuss the play and how it was inspired by portraits taken at Manningham’s Belle Vue Studio, which helped them to explore the hopes and dreams of people newly arrived in Bradford.

Filmed and directed by Tim Smith.
Edited by Panos Pictures.


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Featuring portraits from the Belle Vue Studio and pictures taken by Tim Smith over the past 25 years, this film explores the experiences of three generations, tracing how employment for the South Asian community has changed and diversified since the decline of the textile industry.

Filmed and directed by Tim Smith.
Edited by Panos Pictures.


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Multimedia storytelling has been embraced by Panos Pictures as an additional way to represent our photographers' work. The agency produces work in collaboration with photographers and outside agencies.

Many Panos photographers can be commissioned to shoot sound and video on assignment. Please contact us for more information.

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