Jamal is our inhouse film producer, cameraman, editor and storyteller. He has a passion for making films, it was something he dreamed about frequently, playing with the idea that a camera in his hands could one day spin a story. During his weekend breaks at school, rather than join his school mates and wander around the streets, he preferred to lose himself in a story with his phone, making a short film about his sister or just his life.
When Jamal came to Honeyguide as a volunteer, we asked him what he wanted to do, what was his passion ” I would love to make videos’ was a simple answer, but in his eyes, it was a question rather than an answer; can I make videos? Jamal has taught himself, he has research and learned online and most of all, he never stops at criticizing his own work.
In 2019, Jamal entered a Global youth video competition, the Tvebiomovies. He was shortlisted from 0ver 400 applications to join the finals. He wanted to showcase where he was working and the issues that were relevant in his passion for storytelling, so he made this film “The Grazing Bank”. A film about the communities in Randilen WMA and their story about their future with the conservation of wildlife and their livestock.