Back in high school, while I studied ‘serious stuff’ and wrote for the school paper, many of my friends were busy art students, wearing black and carrying huge briefcases, presumably full of art. I envied them. In university, when a close friend dropped out of our international relations programme to pursue filmmaking, I thought it a brave move.

Many years later, I ventured into filmmaking myself. I first obtained a diploma in Documentary Filmmaking, then one in Film Production, adding these to a solid track record in photography.

Rather than starting from scratch, I figured there were international politics, human security and peace and conflict stories that could use the aid of visual story telling. So, instead of becoming a documentary filmmaker working on political issues, I became that social researcher and political analyst who just happens to know how to make a movie or two.