Mari Shibata // Journalist

London-based independent multimedia journalist available for hire. Born in Tokyo, with a childhood in Germany, educated in the UK and a stint in Kenya, Mari adopts an ethnographic approach to international journalism and storytelling.

Since starting out as a DIY documentary filmmaker commissioned by the British Film Institute in 2011, Mari has gone on to work for Associated Press Television News headquartered in London. More recently, she has been building a body of written reports and photography for various VICE verticals. Whilst studying Music at Cambridge University, Mari interviewed former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.

Please get in touch for story tips, commissions and creative collaborations: editorial.mari@gmail.com



Inside the world's biggest e-waste dump
(Motherboard, VICE) 

A former wetland in Ghana's Agbogbloshie became the world's biggest dumping ground of outdated, broken and unusable products generating 129,000 tons of e-waste a year. Below is a sample of portraits capturing daily life and social division between Ghanian workers on site and West African migrants who live in the mountain of rubbish, some which will be exhibited at the Nature Museum in Switzerland from June 2016 to January 2017.


 

Report from "The Jungle" migrant camp in Calais on how residents there prefer to cook food at their tents rather than queuing for food to be fed like "animals". Despite financially tough circumstances, those who hosted me cooked food using Asda Smart Price range donated by British volunteers, and paid for alcohol they could purchase with small amounts of cash they had saved.

Report from "The Jungle" migrant camp in Calais on how residents there prefer to cook food at their tents rather than queuing for food to be fed like "animals". Despite financially tough circumstances, those who hosted me cooked food using Asda Smart Price range donated by British volunteers, and paid for alcohol they could purchase with small amounts of cash they had saved.

 

From 2012 - 2015, Mari worked as a full-time freelancer at Associated Press Television News headquarted in London, where she mainly oversaw coverage of international news as a Deputy News Editor and Media Manager. As a UK Field Producer she covered the death of Margaret Thatcher, UN hearings by North Korean defectors and political responses to beheading of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto. She’s also scored No.1 stories out of Japan as a Features Video Journalist, and has had a brief stint in Kiev during the 2014 referendum in Crimea.



MOROCCAN POLICE FORCE CANCELLATION OF DISSIDENT RAPPER'S FIRST CONCERT (INDEX ON CENSORSHIP)

Multimedia eyewitness report on what happened inside a concert venue when police cut power supplies to silence dissident rapper El-Haqed's first planned concert in Casablanca following his release from prison. As concert goers and journalists were blocked from entering nearby areas that surrounded the building, photographs of police arriving on site were shot from a hidden location.


Snow monkeys living near the resort of Yamanouchi, in the heart of central Japan's hot springs country, spend much of their time relaxing in warm waters.

This video is a shorter version showcased on AP's official YouTube channel. It ranked No.1 among AP features clients during week 7-14 January 2015 and No.2 in downloads among digital clients. You can watch full 6 minute version and read storyline on aparchive.com


Mari is a former winner of numerous competitions by the British Film Institute for emerging filmmakers.

Loving Kenyan Mother To A Child Of Traumatic Memories // United Nations Association #Tweetapitch Competition (2014)

Break-Away in 3D // Boldface Productions 3D Documentary Fund (2012)

Meat and Onions Gang // Step2TV Documentary Fund (2011)