Features journalist working as self-shooting Producer-Director on pieces of video journalism, short documentaries and arts films for online platforms worldwide. She's currently in the process of starting up a platform featuring filmmaking tips, camera gear reviews and video tutorials led by women, whilst freelancing as a Video Journalist for BBC.com's features team
Mari gained an eye for observational news footage whilst at Associated Press Television News headquartered in London, where she worked as Deputy News Editor, Media Manager and Producer for over three years. She has since shifted into shooting mini-documentaries around the UK for digital platforms AJ+, Fusion and Viral Thread. She has written on human rights issues for Washington Post, New Statesman, Index on Censorship and VICE, often shooting photography to accompany pieces - highlights include the last national gathering of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima, world’s biggest e-waste “dump” in Ghana, and the forced cancellation of dissident rapper’s concert in Morocco.
As an artist, Mari makes hybrid documentaries where she shoots solo in an observational style and adopts an artistic spin the edit. Her most recent film Bashoiri - that explores the heriarchy of sumo wrestlers outside the ring - premiered with NOWNESS, and her portrait of Greek town Eleusis that contributed to winning its bid to become 2021 European Capital of Culture. As a projectionist for an opera on Wikileaks cables written by Sebastian Lakowski, Mari developed the concept of audience surveillance through the use of live videography and audience participation of social media projected on walls - which premiered at Tete a Tete Festival in 2014 and supported by Arts Council England.
A self-taught filmmaker, Mari started directing films after winning grants through BFI Future Film with which she directed Break-Away, a short 3D documentary about a contortion break-dancer. She studied her BA in Music at St. John’s College, Cambridge.
Multimedia Journalist (Video, Photo, Writing) - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Feb 2017 - Present
Video Journalist - AJ+ - Aljazeera Media Network
Jun 2016 - Present
Video Journalist & Filmmaker - Fusion Media Network
Jun 2016 - Present
Contributing Writer - Broadly, VICE UK, Motherboard - VICE Media LLC
May 2015 - Present
Media Manager - International Video - Associated Press
Sep 2014 - Nov 2015
Multimedia Contributor - Index on Censorship
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
Field Producer - Television News - Associated Press
Nov 2012 - Jan 2015
Freelance Deputy News Editor - International Video - Associated Press
Oct 2012 - Sep 2014
Shooting Director / Producer, Editor - Nairobi based documentary - British Film Institute, Future Film x United Nations Association - Grant Winner, #Tweetapitch Competition
Mar 2014 - Jun 2014
Freelance Output News Producer - International Video - Associated Press
Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
Director / Producer - 3D Short Film - British Film Institute - Future Film: Grant winner BoldFace Productions
Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
News Assistant - International Video - Associated Press
Jul 2012 - Jul 2012
Director / Producer - Short Music Documentary - British Film Institute, Future Film x Doc Next - Grant Winner Step2TV
Sep 2011 - May 2012
Music - Bachelor of Arts, Honours - University of Cambridge
Sep 2007 - Jun 2010
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