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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside the world's biggest e-waste dump
A former wetland in Ghana's Agbogbloshie became the world's biggest dumping ground of outdated, broken and unusable products generating 129,000 tons of e-waste a year.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.
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.
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)