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Hannan Majid and Richard York founded Rainbow Collective in 2005 as a means to create cinematic, character-driven documentaries capable of providing meaningful and positive change for their subjects, while succeeding equally in broadcast and cinematic contexts. Working largely in the UK, Bangladesh, Jamaica and South Africa,their films have taken an active role in campaigns for TRAID, War on Want, Childhope and many others, while winning awards at international film festivals and broadcasting to the mainstream via channels including Al Jazeera. Wherever their own work takes them, Hannan and Richard establish training and metoring programmes for vulnerable youth and children, encouraging society's most marginalised young communities to engage with education and find personal and collective empowerment through film making and activism.
Luis Lopez Carrasco
Luis López Carrasco (Murcia, Spain, 1981) is a filmmaker, writer and visual artist. In 2008 he co-founded Los Hijos, an experimental cinema and documentary collective.
His work has been shown in numerous international film festivals like Locarno, Rotterdam or New York and contemporary art centres. Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Distrital Film Festival and others dedicated monographic focus of their work.
Their first feature-length film, ‘Los materiales’ was awarded with the Jean Vigo Prize for Best Direction (Punto de Vista IFF 2010) and International Jury´s Special Mention (FiD Marseille 2010).
`The future’, his first solo feature-length film, was premiered in Locarno International FF 2013 and was awarded in BAFICI 2014, Lima Independiente 2014,Uruguay Winter Festival 2014 and IBAFF 2014.
He is also producer of ‘True Love’, (Ion de Sosa, 2011) and ‘Sueñan los androides’(Ion de Sosa, 2014) premiered in Berlinale Forum 2015.
Elena López Riera
Elena López Riera is an essayist and filmmaker.She taught cinema and comparative literature at the University of Geneva from 2008 until 2013,and has been invited as a researcher to several European universities such as Sorbonne- Paris III.She has published many articles on cinema and new audiovisual practices in specialist magazines, as well as a monograph on the film maker Albertina Carri.
She has also worked as a curator and cinema programmer for the Cinema Jove Valencia International Festival, the Spanish culture mission to the UN, The Entrevues Belfort International Film Fest and Tabakalera.
In 2009, she founded the “lacasinegra” research and audiovisual practices collective, based on experimentation with new image formats. Her works have been shown at many festivals worldwide. Her first feature film, Pas à Genève,took part at the Seville European Film Festival, Cinema d'autor (Barcelona), Márgenes, Lima Independiente among others.
Her short film, Pueblo, premièred at Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and was screened at more than 20 festivals. Her short Las vísceras competed at the Locarno Festival in 2016 and won the silver Mikeldi at Zinebi International Festival.
Since moving to London in 2009 to study documentary filmmaking, Iris has made two artist documentaries, won a Grierson award and other international prizes and screened her films at numerous festivals and universities all over the world. In 2013 she commenced a practice-based PhD which explores her own innovative documentary filmmaking technique, focusing on closed-communities. She is a guest tutor at Royal Holloway, University of London.