Giulio D'Ercole - Canvas Africa Productions
Photojournalist and Documentary Director Producer
This is a presentation of Canvas Africa Productions video activities and it briefly shows some of the themes Giulio D'Ercole's company focuses on in Africa: Education, Health, Cultural diversity, Women and Community Empowerment, News, Environmental issues and Climate Change, Gender and Human Rights.
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This video was produced few years back for UNICEF Somalia in order to raise awareness on the severe situation of the IDPs in Afgoye, a small town 20 KM from Mogadishu, where Somalis fled because of the ongoing conflict. UNICEF was then implementing immunization campaigns to prevent the spreading of diseases that would have worsened the living of thousands of people living in the overcrowded settlement.
I'This video is a short sample of a longer documentary produced by Canvas Africa Productions for CARE Rwanda in occasion of the 25th anniversary of the American NGO in Rwanda. The documentary showcases all different phases and programs implemented by CARE Rwanda from its inception in 1984 until 2009. It was produced together with my colleague Beatrice Spadacini.
In 2011 I directed and produced this documentary for the International NGO CBM. The assignment was to showcase in a compelling, comprehensive, and sensitive way an audio-visual document to share and communicate in within the organization a with the larger world audience, CBM response to the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis.
In order to do so I divided video in three clear and even self-standing sections: 1) Inclusion of persons with disabilities; 2) working with current partners and mainstream organisations; 3) providing not only immediate relief but also mid to long term solutions. Here is the full documentary. It can also be screen on CBM website:
Over the past two decades, the Great Lakes Region of Africa -- notably Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda -- has endured civil wars, ethnic conflict and even genocide. Women and girls have been specifically targeted through the systemic use of gender-based violence (GBV) during times of war and in post-conflict situations. In 2009, CARE--one of the largest relief and development agencies in the world— launched the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative or GLAI.
GLAI seeks to protect the rights of women and girls through regional and global networks that advocate against gender based violence and for the implementation of relevant UN resolutions. This documentary is a testimony to the successes achieved and the challenges encountered since GLAI was launched. Each GLAI country has its own unique story to share.
A different, more traditional, and longer version of this video can also be watched visiting the following links:
IIn 2007 Canvas Africa Productions was hired by UNDP to shoot and edit this informative video on the MDGs projects implemented in Somalia. The video shows the life, economic and social situation in Somalia at that time, and why those projects were s highly needed to promote and facilitate better living conditions and development. UNDP successfully shared it with partners, donors ad Somali authorities during several events held internationally.
I produced this video on child protection and child education few years ago for the pan-African NGO FAWE. The story here portrayed is the one of a young Maasai girl that has been rescued from early marriage by her own grandmother. The grandmother brought Rebecca to a girls' school in Kajiado, a Maasai region in Kenya, to save her from the father's will of marrying the 12 years old girl to a much older man, in exchange of some survival goods. These kind of stories are sadly still common in pastoralist communities both for cultural and traditional habits and for the increasing food insecurity times, due to prolonged droughts provoked by climate change. FAWE is an NGO specifically dedicated to child and girl education and protection.
This video, produced by Canvas Africa Productions for UNEP, focuses on SLCP, Short Lived Climate Pollutants, and the damages the provoke both at urban metropolitan level and at rural level. As for the latter, lots has been done by improving the cooking system in rural areas through the use of new and healthier cooking stoves that dramatically decrease the level of SLCP in the cooking areas.
This video commissioned by and produced for UNEP shows how biogas can really turn wastes in economic opportunities. The use of biogas can in fact improve the livelihood of small scale farmers as well as of bigger groups, such as hotels, industries, etc..
Mr Wetzel, Head of Business Development Automation Solutions at Siemens Energy, participated at Climate Action's Sustainable Innovation Expo 2014 and showcased some of Siemens most innovative technologies and solutions to a delegation that included over 180 ministers.
This video, produced by Canvas Africa Productions, was shot during the exhibition that ran alongside the first UN Environment Assembly at UNEP's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya from 23-27 June. UNEA was attended by over 1,000 delegates.
This video portrays an interview with Mr. Giles Dickson, Vice President, Environmental Policies & Global Advocacy at Alstom.
The video was produced for Climate Action during the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) event, that took place in Nairobi, Kenya in June 2014.
This video documents the intervention of UNICEF in Ethiopia to address the problem of child malnutrition. It is part of a larger documentary that sees the intervention of UNICEF also in Kenya and in Malawi.
This is the trailer for the documentary "Masai Without Boundaries - The Quest of Pastoralist People", produced for UNESCO in 2007 in within the global programme "ICT for Intercultural Dialogue."
Historically, the Maasai are a pastoralist nomadic people from Kenya. The Maasai, like other pastoralists all over Africa, have lived for centuries earning their livelihood from herding livestock, cows, goat and sheep, roaming over hundreds of kilometers in search of water and grazing land for their cattle.
This documentary illustrates the Maasai's fight to preserve their culture from the pressures of modern society, as well as recurrent droughts.
The full documentary is also visible in UNESCO website:
This documentary was shot and edited for UNICEF Rwanda by Canvas Africa Productions. It revolves around the issue around of Orphan Vulnerable Children in Rwanda. Because of the genocide, HIV AIDS and past health conditions in the country, this group is a very large one, and it is extremely frequent, especially in rural areas, to find children head of households, as well as teen agers orphans of both parents having to take care of themselves and of their younger siblings. This documentary shows the various interventions that UNICEF, together with AVSI, other partners, and the Rwandese Government, implemented in order to alleviate the suffering of these children, offering them support and education.
"A woman's story" is a video I shot in a refugee camp for Somalis. It was commissioned by UNHCR. It is one of a series the UN Agency hired me to produce to address the issue of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the camps. The ordeal that the woman tells in this documentary touches all possible aspects of a life lived suffering abuse: from the lack of education,(having been forced to drop out of school), to abuse as a child, from becoming a refugee because of the conflict in her own country to drug abuse, from being unemployed to be a sex worker. And finally from being a victim of all different sorts of SGBV to be a woman that can still see a better future and have hope for herself and her own child.
In 2006 I worked as communication and Media consultant for ILO Somalia. The program the United Nation agency dealing with Labour was then about entrepreneurship and employment for livelihood in Somalia (SEEL). Various projects and activities fell under its umbrella: from water harvesting, to lifeskills education, trainings on different disciplines such as carpentry, masonry etc., and the building of roads and low cost housings implemented by the same Somali communities involved in the programme. Among my duties there was the one of shooting videos and documentaries on the entire project. This video is a summary of those activities and a short version of the full documentary. Few years after, I was hired again by ILO to revamp the documentary inserting the new activities and the results achieved along the years.
This video was commissioned by UNEP to be shown at the global environmental event RIO + 20. It was produced in cooperation with the UN Agency to explain the meaning and the importance and the implication on our planetof REDD initiative, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.
This video describes the use and the utility of mangroves as a unique ecosystem in growing need of protection, and their essential role in preserving not only a rich marine biodiversity, but also as an incredible asset and natural mechanism to capture carbon and polluting emissions.
Mr Guilcher, Environmental Director at Hewlett Packard, attended the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in June and showcased HP's innovative and sustainable solutions to a delegation that included over 180 ministers.
This interview has been produced by Canvas Africa Productions, hired by Climate Action, during the UNEA that was hosted at the headquaters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya from 23-27 June. HP participated to the event as part of the Sustainable Innovation Forum, run by Climate Action alongside the summit.
Gerard C. Rundberg, Director at World Waternet and Peter Simoes, Manager - Sustainability & Innovation at Afval Energie Bedrijf, explain how their work contributed to make Amsterdam the first city in the world to collect, clean and recycle water for the all city, creating also compost for alternative useful uses.
This video showcases how Verne Global data center in Iceland aims to increase efficiency in powering communication and information technology. Verne Global, in collaboration with Climate Action, presented its technology at the UNEP Head Quarters in Nairobi, Kenya, during the Sustainable Innovation Expo held on February 2013.
This video showcases Philips technology for community light centers in Africa. Philips presented, in collaboration with Climate Action, presented this already successful technology at the UNEP Head Quarters in Nairobi, Kenya, during the Sustainable Innovation Expo held on February 2013.
In collaboration with Climate Action, Jay W. Ireland presents the core messages of GE Africa at the UNEP Head Quarters in Nairobi, Kenya, during the Sustainable Innovation Expo held on February 2013.
This clip is an ESRI Promotional video. It was produced by Canvas Africa Productions at Climate Action Sustainable innovation Conference held at UNEP HQ on February 2013. It showcases ESRI activities, mission and mandate and it focuses on their satellite technology for the photo mapping of our planet. Through their work ESRI provides useful data to be used by environmental and other organizations.
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This video is a highlight of the Climate Action Sustainable Innovation Expo held at UNEP HQ in Nairobi on February 2013.
Interview on Livestock data Analyses with Carletto Gero, Senior Economist in the Development Research Group, Manager of LIMS-ISA for the World Bank.
In 2008 I was hired by ILO Somalia to produce two documentaries. One had to narrate a study tour organized by the United Nations Agency dealing with work and employment for two groups of trainees and beneficiaries in Somalia. One of the two groups traveled from Baidoa in South Central Somalia to Hargeysa to exchange experiences and know how with the Somaliland hosting group. The trip was highly informative and a true learning experience for everybody. I directed this documentary as a true road trip, unfolding as we traveled through the different regions of Somaliland, visiting the many projects ILO implemented already or it was in the process to implement.