Premieres February 26th on WORLD Channel. In this family reunion documentary turned international political thriller a pair of journalists discover the existence of slavery in a refugee camp. In their journey to tell a story of modern day slavery they themselves become the story. Directed by Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw.
by Violeta Ayala + Daniel Fallshaw
Violeta Ayala is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and theater performer from Bolivia. In 2006, she began her collaboration with Dan Fallshaw in North Africa on Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea, an investigative documentary about corruption in the oil industry. In 2007, Violeta and Dan made A Vegan in the Meat Aisle, a short drama selected for Tropfest. In 2009, their first feature film Stolen premiered internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival and at IDFA in competition; it went on to take Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival and receive a special mention at its New Zealand premiere. She is developing a framework on documentary for the Australian Film Television Radio School and has given master-classes at the National Film and Television School in London and the Edinburgh College of Art. Violeta is a recipient of the Jan Vrijman Fund.
Dan Fallshaw studied Visual Communications at the University of Technology in Sydney and St. Martins College in London. He worked in London and Germany as an Art Director and later in Italy as a film editor. Dan made his first documentary while at university, that looked at the lives of four women dealing with the consequences of chemotherapy. In 2006, he and Violeta Ayala created United Notions Film; they travelled to Mauritania and made Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea, documentary about corruption in the oil industry. In 2007, Dan directed A Vegan in the Meat Aisle, a short drama selected for the world’s biggest short film festival, Tropfest. His film with Violeta, Stolen has been selected for more than 35 film festivals worldwide. Dan received the Best Editing Award at the Documentary Edge Festival in New Zealand for Stolen.