David Fedele is an independent documentary filmmaker and musician working all over the world. The autodidact focuses on humanitarian, environmental and social justice issues. All his works are available for free online.
“I guess I was initially drawn to making documentary films through a love of traveling and exploring different cultures, and an insatiable curiosity.”, said David Fedele in an interview with Beau Clark in 2014. “The thing that I am learning with making social and human rights documentaries, is that you can never predict the impact that films such as this can have. When you make a film and release it into the world, it then really takes on a life of its own, and you must be open to all of the possibilities.”
Beau Clark: Interview with David Fedele on his film on Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco. On: moroccoworldnews.com. 22 February 2014.
URL https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/02/123352/interview-with-david-fedele-on-his-film-on-sub-saharan-migrants-in-morocco/ >> 15 October 2020
2018 | Revenir | 84mins | Producer, Director and Editor
2014 | The Land Between | 78mins | Producer, Director, Camera and Editor
2012 | E-Wasteland | 20mins | Producer, Director, Camera and Editor
2011 | Bigpela Bagarap (Big Damage) | 43mins | Producer, Director, Camera and Editor
2010 | PNG Style | 88mins | Producer, Director and Camera
A slum of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, Agbogbloshie is home to some 40,000 people, mostly migrants from rural areas, and many make out a living by breaking down and burning e-waste for raw materials that can be re-sold. The slum is a byproduct of what filmmaker David Fedele calls the western world’s “obscene obsession … with consuming, discarding, then consuming again.” Once the waste is broken down, raw materials are often exported back to the industrial world, “leaving behind illness and sickness, pollution, and environmental destruction.” E-waste includes many toxic materials such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. With no health or environmental protections in the slum, the toxins contaminate the air, water, and the food consumed in the slum.
“I wanted to visually present a particular environment, attempt to show it as truthfully as possible, and give people the responsibility to think about the issues themselves,” filmmaker David Fedele told Jeremy Hance in an interview in 2012. “I believe that images can be far more powerful than words, and can have a much bigger impact and remain in your memory longer.”
Jeremy Hance: High-tech hell: new documentary brings Africa’s e-waste slum to life. On: mongabay.com 30 April 2012.
URL https://news.mongabay.com/2012/04/high-tech-hell-new-documentary-brings-africas-e-waste-slum-to-life/ >> 12 October 2020.
2018 | Scotland | Document Human Rights Film Festival 2018 | Jury Prize | Revenir
2015 | Morocco | International Festival of Cinema & Memory 2015 | Special Mention | The Land Between
2014 | Italy | Naples Human Rights Film Festival 2014 | Best Film | The Land Between
2014 | Serbia | SREM Film Fest 2014 | Bronze Ladybug Award | E-Wasteland
2013 | USA | Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) 2013 | Best Editing | E-Wasteland
2012 | Kuala Lumpur.my | Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival | Audience Choice Award | Bikpela Bagarap
2010 | London.uk | Portobello Film Festival | Best Documentary | PNG Style
See full list of Awards and Screenings here.
2020 | Album | Here and Now
2019 | Album | A Liminal Space
2017 | Album | Unrequited
2015 | Album | Synapsis
“AN EVENING WITH DAVID FEDELE” – Solo Piano (Intimate Live Concert)
Listen to all of his music here.
1977 | born in Melbourne.au