In Mozambique, children dare to dream big

Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is financing the construction of a school of excellence, the Aga Khan Academy, in the outskirts of the capital city Maputo. The Academy provides high-level primary and secondary education with the goal of training future highly qualified and socially responsible professionals to help Mozambique fulfil its social and economic development ambitions. More importantly, the Academy will actively enroll highly gifted and talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds who will be exempt from paying school fees.

Against the odds: maternal and reproductive health in South Sudan

When violent crashes broke out in neighbouring Jonglei State in north-eastern South Sudan in December 2013, midwife Tereza Achuei was attending hundreds of births weekly at the UNFPA-supported tented clinic in the small town of Minkgaman. Some 100,000 people fled here to escape violence.

Some 400 km away in the capital Juba, Aber Evaline is busy assisting a teenage girl who has just given birth at the Juba Teaching Hospital. She is one of 15 South Sudanese midwives recruited by UNFPA to work alongside international United Nations Volunteers midwives in 13 sites across the country.
Client: UNFPA

Ernest finds love and protection in a foster family in a refugee camp

Imagine being 17 and running away from home and your country, just you and your little brother and sister. This is the story of Ernest who, after fleeing conflict in Burundi with siblings Bahati and Issa, found love and protection with foster mother Alice in Nyaragusu refugee camp, Tanzania.


A short documentary about the intertwining stories of 17 year old Aviwe, pregnant with her second child, and 15 year old Zodumo who was forced into marriage aged 13. Set in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, the documentary explores the issues of early pregnancy and forced marriage in the context of rural South Africa and the challenges Aviwe and Zodumo faced all along their teens in their quest to complete their education.

In South Africa, from cow manure to green energy

In South Africa, a biogas plant uses natural resources such as cow manure and food waste to produce 100% ‘green’ electricity. Standing several metres high, Bio2Watt’s four digesters operate 24/7, generating 4.4 MW of electricity per hour – that is 100% clean energy.

Using waste from food processing factories has an added benefit to the environment, as this is food that would normally end up in landfills or waste treatment plants. The project was made possible through a EUR 6 million loan by SUNREF, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) green finance label.

Panta Rei Media – Showreel

A showreel with excerpts of most recent our video and photo projects.

Incredible Elijah, 11 year old living with HIV

“I think people are afraid of HIV but now I’m here to tell them not to be afraid”, says Elijah Zachary Lemein Simel. At only 11 years of age, Elijah shared his story of how his mother told him he was HIV positive, how he grew up living with the virus and how he defeated stigma and discrimination in his own school, thanks to the support of his teachers and classmates.

Since this video was shot, Elijah has been giving inspiring speeches around the world, including the UN General Assembly in New York. He is an inspiration for us all.
Client: UNICEF

Children make their voices heard in Zanzibar

20 year old Rhama Seleman Jumanne actively participates in Children Speakers’ Corner, a weekly forum in which young Zanzibaris discuss and suggest ways to tackle issues that affect them.
Rhama is a long standing member of Youth of United Nations Association (YUNA), who, in partnership with UNICEF, organizes the topics and venues for the weekly Speakers Corner.
But today the youth will be faced with a very broad and challenging topic: what is needed to build an Africa prepared for its demographic boom and ready to take advantage of it?

Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram. For the past 10 years, the artist has been installing pianos on streets, in public squares and parks, train stations, and markets. Like a creative blank canvas, the pianos are there for anyone to play and engage with. Questioning the ownership and rules of public space ‘Play Me, I’m yours’ is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.

Screened at the ‘Without Border” Film Festival, Rome, 2010.

Evelyn’s Story: growing up with HIV

Evelyn is 18 years old and lives in a small village three hours outside the capital Accra. She tells her story of how, when she was a little girl, she learnt she was HIV positive and kept it secret from her family and friends all her life.

Evelyn is among thousands of adolescents living with HIV in Ghana. Globally, an estimated 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV in 2012. Discrimination, poverty, inequalities and harsh laws prevent many of these children from seeking and receiving testing, health care and support.
Client: UNICEF

My school, my community, my laptop

In 2007, the NGO Kliptown Youth Programme (KYP) received a donation of 100 laptops from the One Laptop per Child, a US-based NGO providing low-cost laptop to disadvantaged children.
Told through the voice of 12 year old Thembi, this short documentary shows how the laptops are now an integral part of the children’s life. They are connecting them to the rest of the world, as well as providing them with essential IT skills that will give them a head start in life.

Client: One Laptop per Child

Not me, not mine: women, girls and HIV

This multimedia piece is an intimate visual focus on women, girls and HIV that endeavours to bring to the foreground the human faces and the real stories behind the data.
This piece seeks to impact the audience viscerally and consciously, encouraging action in support of women and girls.

Photos by Leonie Marinovich. Produced by Bathsheba Okwenje.
Edited by Panta Rei Media.

Your rubbish is my business

With the help of Awethu Project, Colin, Thandeka and Bhekinhlanhla have come up with a business idea: picking unsorted waste, selecting it and selling it. By signing up deals with local corporate and catering businesses, they are able to collect and sell large volumes of waste. Their dream is to transition from homeless waste pickers to company managers by developing a sustainable business that will restore dignity in their lives.

Client: Awethu Project

Doodle for a difference

The Night of 1000 Drawings is a one night exhibition of original A5-sized drawings donated by artists, aspiring scribblers and members of the general public.
The exhibition is the culmination of a year-long campaign and race to collect 1000 drawings, which are sold at the event and the money raised are donated to a number of charities.
The Night of 1000 Drawings is today a fixture on the Joburg and Cape Town cultural scene.

Client: Night of 1000 Drawings