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FilMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: ORLANDO VON EINSIEDEL

Wednesday 8 April, 2020


In our second episode of Dochouse Conversations Carol Nahra interviews Academy Award-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel. if you want to learn more about him and want to know where to watch his films you're in the right place. 

Orlando is drawn to telling inspiring stories of humble heroism from around the world, often combining intimate personal narratives with macro level politics, powerful visual aesthetics and on-the-ground journalistic muck-racking.

He has worked in impenetrable and difficult environments, from pirate boats to war zones, and has won over 100 international film and advertising awards.

Orlando’s debut feature documentary VIRUNGA charted the story of a group of courageous park rangers risking their lives to build a better future in the Democratic Republic of Congo.



BAFTA and Academy Award nominated, the documentary won over 50 international awards including an EMMY, a Grierson and a duPont-Columbia Award for outstanding journalism. 

The film was also recognised for its role in protecting the Virunga National Park winning a Peabody, a Television Academy Honor and the prestigious 2015 Doc Impact Award.

DocHouse hosted a Q&A with the director head over to the Online Hub to watch it here. 


More about VIRGUNA

Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of africa the world’s forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the congo. 

You can watch it on Netflix here.

 

Orlando’s forty minute film THE WHITE HELMETS follows the lives of a group of heroic Syrian civilian rescue workers in 2016. The film was released as a Netflix Original and won the Academy Award for best documentary short.

It was also nominated for two EMMYs, including one for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.


More about THE WHITE HELMETS
the white helmets, the academy award® winning netflix original short documentary from filmmakers orlando von einsiedel and joanna natasegara, follows three syrian volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war. 

Moving and inspiring, the film is both a snapshot of the harrowing realities of life for ordinary syrians who remain in the country, and a humbling portrait of the power of the human spirit.

You can watch the film on Netflix here.

 

His subsequent feature EVELYN, a deeply personal story and road trip odyssey about the loss of his brother to suicide, won the 2018 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Documentary. The Evening Standard newspaper called it “Phenomenal” and “Life-changing”.


More about EVELYN

EVELYN documents the story of a family overcoming the unthinkable. On a walking odyssey across the United Kingdom, they confront a past they’ve been unable to talk about, whilst simultaneously repairing the fractures in their own relationships.

Director Orlando von Einsiedel turns the cameras on himself, as he, his parents and siblings embark on a journey in remembrance of their brother and son, Evelyn, who took his own life over a decade ago.

Part quest, part road-trip, part memoir, EVELYN seeks to address the past, in order to find some peace in the present, and look to the future.

DocHouse hosted a Q&A with the director you can watch it here.

You can also watch the documentary on Netflix here.

 

In Episode Two of Dochouse Conversations, Programme Associate Carol Nahra will talk with Orlando about his journey from professional snowboarder to celebrated documentary maker.

They will look at the impact that his films have had on the world, and discuss how the current COVID-19 crisis is impacting the documentary world. 

You can watch a number of Orlando’s films not mentioned in the article through the following links:

Skateistan


Fazilla dreams of representing her country at an international sporting event when she grows up. the only catch is that she is a skateboarder and lives in afghanistan.

You can watch the doc on Viemo or YouTube

 

Radio Amina

Director Orlando von Einsiedel allows 12-year-old Amina Dibir to talk about her dreams and the low status of girls in Nigeria, but not by interviewing her. Instead, he literally gives her a voice on the fictitious radio station Radio Amina, where she can broadcast all her ideas and opinions. "Girls can be presidents, run companies, or even fly to space!" The film alternates back and forth between the gray reality of Amina, one of the many young street peddlers in the country, and a much brighter, more colorful world.

You can watch the docuementary here. 

 

Aisha’s Song

Partially blinded by an unknown illness aged 3 and sent out to work on the tough streets of kano in nigeria aged 9, aisha sani abdullahi's life chances were not great. however, a chance meeting with a woman who could knit sent aisha's life in a completely different direction.

 

You can watch the short doc on Viemo or YouTube