IN PLACE OF WAR : A TRACKSIDE STORY
In Place of War has worked with creative communities in some of the most challenging context in the world. In Place of War is a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict.
2017 saw The Mono Grande team up with In Place Of War to help them begin communicating the stories of their work. Along with documenting projects all over Europe, The Mono Grande went to Soweto, South Africa to tell the amazing story of their work with Trackside Creative.
SI MITCHELL'S 'BORDERLAND'
When the shells rain in it's easy to pick out the victims from the bad guys. But in the porous borderlands of Lebanon and Syria it's not as black and white as we are led to believe. Allegiances are formed - keenly and reluctantly - that straddle both ancient sectarian loyalties and the ruthless pragmatic need of the moment.
Meet Nabhan, shot through the penis but ready to finish the Jihad against the tyrant Assad and four year old Omran, 'The Littlest Spy', shot in the leg escaping Homs. In the north young Sunni men shoulder anti-tank mines and hop three-up onto rickety Chinese motorcyles and head into the Syrian hills. In the south of Lebanon Shia civil war veterans tell us they are training their children to fight for Bashar in the wider battle to come.
Borderland is TMG filmmaker; Si Mitchell's journey into the often contradictory and confusing Levantine world where one man's liberator is another man's despot and no battle can be viewed separate from history or the agendas of all the world's players. Shot in December 2011-January 2012 in the Lebanese Syrian borders, the hills outside of Homs and the streets of Beirut. The film was screened at London's Frontline Club on 01/02/13.
MEET RAOUL MAMANI
Meet Raul Mamani Mamani, an indigenous farmer who, along with his wife and kids, grows some of the world's finest coffee on his few steep acres in the hills along the Peruvian Bolivian border. We thought Raul was a cool customer so we shot this short profile of him. Freeman Trading (who Raul refers to in the piece) are an independent UK coffee importer - and you can buy Raul's coffee from them. It's good stuff.
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ON TOUR
As part of our continued work with UK blues-rockers The Temperance Movement we took to the road to document the last few days of the band's sell-out UK and European tour culminating in their well received Koko show. And what a show it was too! After a huge summer supporting The Rolling Stones at four European dates the guys have just embarked on their first US tour - we're waiting for the phone-call!
We were approached by Flamingo - an international brand consultant agency -and asked to create a half hour documentary about defining moments in life and how they prompt 'new chapters'. We got to meet some interesting people at important times in their lives - from children's first day of school to a nurse we met on her last day of work before retirement to a drag queen introducing his alter ego to his father for the first time.