Joy on the streets of Khartoum as Sudanese men and women come together to celebrate the end of 30 years of dictatorship, which, for many, has lasted their entire lifetime. The mood on the streets of Khartoum was ecstatic – a sense of excitement, release and freedom – in a country that has suffered so much violence, division and oppression – we hope and pray that the transition is peaceful, open and positive.
On location in Egypt, filming the chaos of Cairo and the calm of Aswan and Luxor.
A great day out in Oman today, exploring the site of the Oman Botanic Garden and meeting the people who are responsible for guiding the project to completion. The garden is being built in a massive desert bowl at the Southern end of Muscat, which will eventually become a beautiful green oasis, as it is transformed into one of the largest Botanic Gardens in the world, covering 420 hectares. The aim is to conserve and celebrate Oman’s rich, botanic diversity within two huge biomes and a series of surrounding gardens, which will contain the country’s most endangered and endemic flora. It will also be home to a visitor centre and educational and research facilities, nestled within the natural ravines and ridges that traverse the site. We spent the day with the team, looking at their growing plant collection and discussing ways in which digital media will contribute to the exhibition. A fantastic opportunity and a truly visionary project.
We’re just back from 3 weeks of location filming in Kuwait, really getting to know the country filming in pretty much every corner of the country……
We’re back in Saudi Arabia this week, working with the Riyadh Development Authority, a government department that is responsible for developing the infrastructure of the capital. Their projects include transport, parks, libraries, and roads. We’re making a documentary about the river network that runs through the city, feeding into Wadi Hanifa. Over the past 15 years the city has been working hard to restore and renovate the rivers, which had become neglected and polluted during the development of the city. Today the entire river network is being reborn as a beautiful public resource, forming one the longest, continuous urban parks in the world.