The State We’re In

I was a staff producer for the human rights documentary show until July 2012, and my work was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze at the 2012 New York Festivals, as well as a Silver from the 2013 Festivals, and a Silver medal awarded by the United Nations’ Department of Public Information.  A story I produced also won a 2013 Gabriel Award.

You can listen to a few of these prize-winning pieces below.

The show lost its funding at the end of 2012 under the Dutch government’s austerity cuts to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, but its archive still makes for wonderful listening.

New York Radio Festival Award Winners 2012

Gold: Freedom Runner

Salah Ameidan dreams of going to the Olympics, and winning gold for his country. There’s just one problem: he’s Sahrawi, from the Western Sahara – a disputed territory that Morocco claims as its own.Unable to represent his own people, and forced instead to run for the Moroccan national team, Salah hatched a plan that shocked his oppressors, but keeps his hopes of winning a medal, and homeland, alive.

Silver: Requiem for Eli

Australian composer Nigel Westlake and the requiem he wrote for his murdered son.

Bronze: Loverboys

Victim Elina on an ugly Dutch phenomenon

New York Radio Festival Award Silver Winner/ UNDPI Silver Medal 2013

The Oliver Twist of Kabul 

Fawad Mohammadi is 13 years old, and earns a living selling maps on the war-torn streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. He’s been a street hawker since the age of 5, but he recently got the chance to star in a feature movie. He now dreams of something even bigger. View photos.

Fawad stars in Buzkashi Boys, directed by Sam French and produced by Ariel Nasr. You can see the trailer and find out more about the film here. Buzkashi Boys is the first film produced by the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit foundation bringing together international and Afghan filmmakers to support the local film industry.

Gabriel Award Winner

A Mother’s Grace

When Grace Bauer’s son was just thirteen years old, he was sent to a juvenile prison in Louisiana, and became one of the 2.2 million children who get arrested and incarcerated each year in the United States. What happened to her son has turned Grace’s life upside down.

Winner of a 2013 Gabriel Award.