Impact Days Webinaire : 18.01.24

Visibiliser les défenseur·ses des droits humains au travers de documentaires et campagnes d’impact : risques et bénéfices.

Les participante‧s et partenaires des Impact Days viennent des quatre coins de la planète, raison pour laquelle nos activités se déroulent intégralement en anglais.

The Impact Days’ sixth edition kicks off on January 18 with its annual public webinar on Impact Filmmaking for Social Justice. This year we ask: How do we protect activists while promoting their work?

Films can be a powerful tool to support the work of human rights activists. However, from the moment we start following them with a camera, through to the screening and broadcast of the completed film in festivals, networks and institutions, we are exposing our protagonists to increased risks. Through a case study and panel we will discuss safety measures – from film development to impact campaign design – when working on politically sensitive human rights issues.

Click here to register for the webinar (18.01.23 3-5pm CET).


Emmy awards nominated in the category of outstanding investigative documentary, Delikado tells the story of a network of environmental defenders trying to protect their idyllic island of Palawan in the Philippines, and the dangerous situations they face. The impact campaign, which was in part conceived at Impact Days in 2021, is being run both within and outside the country. The case study will be presented by Delikado director Karl Malakunas (Australia) and producer Kara Magsanoch-Alikpala (the Philippines).

Moderated by Ana Castañosa, Head of Impact Days.

Documentary filmmakers, producers and impact producers face an important responsibility when they tell stories of human rights defenders. Often already at risk, these protagonists can benefit from the exposure the films give their work. But this exposure can also bring added danger. How can all production partners, including throughout an impact campaign which can last several years, secure the right balance between supporting a defender’s work and protecting them from becoming more visible targets?


Moderated by Sophie Mulphin, Impact Days NGO Programme Manager.


Karl Malakunas (he/him) (Australia) – Director, Producer, Writer, Second Camera, Delikado and Editor-In-Chief at Agence France-Presse. Karl is the director and producer of the Emmy-nominated eco-thriller documentary Delikado, which has won over 20 festival awards. Karl won the Walkley Award, Australia’s version of a Pulitzer, for the film. Karl is also leading Delikado’s impact campaign. He is a two-time Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and the Asia-Pacific Deputy-Editor-In-Chief for Agence France-Presse.

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala (she/her) (the Philippines) – Producer, Delikado. Kara is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer, broadcast journalist, and impact producer. She co-founded Storytellers International Inc. and is the founding president of the Filipino Documentary Society. She is a freelance producer for ARD German Radio and CNN Hong Kong. She produced the Emmy-nominated Delikado (2022), 11,103 (2022), Call Her Ganda (2018) and Batas Militar (1997).

Elise Golay (she/her) (Switzerland) – Campaign and Mobilisation Manager, The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). Elise is the Campaign and Mobilisation Manager at ISHR. Previously, she spent three years in Haiti, first supporting a local organisation with communications and advocacy, then at the International Organisation for Migration. Before Haiti, she worked for the International Network of Human Rights in Geneva. She holds a BSc in Journalism and Human Rights and an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies.

Meena Nanji (she/her) (Kenya) – Director and Producer, Twende Pictures. Kenyan-born and of Indian heritage, Meena Nanji is a filmmaker who has made award-winning independent documentaries, shorts, and experimental videos. She has co-curated film/video festivals in the US and has been a juror on major grant-giving organizations. She co-founded GlobalGirl Media, a non-profit now operating in eight countries, training young women in citizen journalism.

Zippy Kimundu (she/her) (Kenya) – Film Producer and Director, Afrofilms International. Zippy is an award-winning Kenyan filmmaker working in the global film industry for over a decade. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from New York University and has worked in over 20 countries. She co-directed a short documentary A Fork, a Spoon & a Knight with renowned director Mira Nair and was the Assistant Editor of the Disney film Queen of Katwe

Zippy is a film educator at I’ll Tell You My Story and the founder of Afrofilms International, a creative collective working to ignite political consciousness and action across continents. 

Evelyn Wanjugu Kimathi (she/her) (Kenya) – CEO, Dedan Kimathi Foundation. The Dedan Kimathi Foundation was established by the family of the late Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi and by fellow freedom fighters. Since the foundation’s registration under the Societies Act, Wanjugu has actively advocated for the rights of freedom fighters, particularly in matters related to land resettlement, leading to a membership exceeding 30,000 individuals. Wanjugu is also a prominent figure in conservation, having founded the ‘Green Army’—a collective of young individuals dedicated to combating climate change through extensive tree-planting campaigns to revitalise public spaces. As a champion of conservation, her foundation collaborates prominently with the Kenya Forest Service, CKL Africa Ltd, KEFRI, Kenya Defence Forces, and Equity Bank. Together, they have successfully planted 4 million trees across 30 counties nationwide since 2019.