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Biography

Karin Stowe has been a senior lecturer teaching at different Universities in the UK for the last 15 years. He has also been a practising award-winning documentary filmmaker and photojournalist for the last 20 years. He is currently co–owner of the documentary, film and media training companies Citizen Camera and Aweland films working on commissions from the 3rd sector producing documentary films and running media training for charities and indigenous communities. His photography and articles have been published in major UK and world media outlets, whilst documentary films have won international competitions and been screened on television stations worldwide. His teaching spans across the theoretical and technical aspects of documentary, film and media with a specialism in filmmaking, photography and multimedia online representation. As a media practitioner working in the industry he has the ability to incorporate industry standards, commerce and practical experience into his teaching; constantly modifying content to reflect the changing media environment. Karin also has a deep theoretical, conceptual and historical awareness and knowledge of various forms of media communication, looking at elements such as visual anthropology, ethics, notions of truth and subjectivity, representation and observation. These combined skills and experience provide a holistic teaching practice that develops students into successful media theorists, communicators and practitioners in industry and further education. Karin undertook a degree in Fine Art photography and communications, An MA in Experimental film and a PGCE/FE specialising in Expressive behaviourism. Karin has a keen interest in physiotherapy. Undertaking a 3-year degree in Japanese body manipulation (MRSS) and physiotherapy becoming a lead practitioner for 5 years at the Multiple Sclerosis centre in Shoreham, Sussex. He still practices and is a keen martial artist and weekend urban explorer. Karin is currently directing media worldwide campaigns for organisations like Save the Children, Amnesty and Green Peace.

Documentary, film and media training: Citizen Camera.

Creative film and media campaigns: Aweland films

Areas of expertise

  • Documentary film
  • Photojournalism and representation
  • Indigenous and 3rd sector filmmaking and training
  • Gonzo and New Journalism practices and production
  • Social manipulation by the media 
  • Representation of the “Other” from Anthropological to Ethnographic
  • Alternative journalism and news practices

Publications

  • ASIA and WORLD WIDE - 1998 to 2005
    Various photojournalism image publications for magazines, newspapers and news stations; see site for examples:
    2008 and 2009 Articles: work undertaken in Myanmar (Burma) before independence, examining the brutal regime and the human rights abuse by the then military government: http://munen-mushin.com/burningburma.pdf
    Working in the Philippines examining the problems created by over mining by western companies: http://munen-mushin.com/undermined.pdf
  • TIBET and NEPAL – 2005 to 2008
    "Recollecting Tibet" 1-hour documentary film 2008: award-winning film working with the Tibetan Government living in exile in India and freedom fighters in Tibet. shortlisted for worldwide film festivals see site for information, press packs and watch film
  • AFRICA 2009-2010
    NGO training and media development with Citizen Camera working with NGO’s Children of Uganda and Narrow Road. Training NGO’s and clients in media practice using film, photography, websites and journalism.
    2009-2016.
  • ZIMBABWE 2009-2010
    "Mugabe, Me and a Million Tampons" 2-hour documentary film 2011: Award winning investigative documentary film into human rights crimes in Zimbabwe, shortlisted for worldwide film festivals see site for information, press packs and watch film
  • GUATEMALA 2011-2012
    Guatemala media research project with The University of Winchester RKE (Research Knowledge exchange) and Cultural Survival June 2011/12. http://guatemalafilms.yolasite.com/
  • EL SALVADOR 2011- 2012
    Working with Friends of the Earth UK/El Salvador producing promotional film and media to promote issues relating to climate changes in El Salvador. http://www.cesta-foe.org.sv/ see current promo work at http://www.citizencamera.com/documentary.php
  • HONDURAS 2012/13
    Working with the Garifuna people on the Northern coast of Honduras. http://www.ofraneh.org/ofraneh/index.html filming for Channel 4's Unreported world and Dispatches making the documentary film 'Honduras for Sale' http://hondurasfilm.yolasite.com/. 
  • INDONESIA - SUMATRA 2013
    Working with Sumatran Orangutan Society, producing a documentary and news material on the subject of deforestation and animal rights http://www.orangutans-sos.org/ published in the Daily Mail UK.
  • MYANMAR and BANGLADESH 2014
    Filming and articles for Al Jazeera on news stories about Buddhist - Muslim tension and attacks.
    Multi-Media film projects see: http://www.citizencamera.com/multimedia.php
  • CENTRAL ASIA - KYRGYZSTAN 2015
    The Central Asian Falconry project http://centralasianfalconry.org/ recording stories about the last traditional eagle hunters and connected cameras to see from the perspectives of animal and trainer. I (with my partner) also undertook a project with a NGO that safeguards sex workers called Podruga http://www.podruga-kg.com/. The project challenged the prettification of human rights stories via visual stylisation. We worked in brothels using Polaroid cameras to try and create a visual realism and reduce the creative influence from the practitioner and camera.
  • ENGLAND - TEMPUS ENERGY 2014 – 2016
    Promotional media produced for new green energy start up company including a successful 1 million pound start-up film for businesses and 2 experimental creative energy films for the viral campaign. See “Our Work: http://www.awelandfilms.com/
  • TURKEY/SYRIA/ENGLAND - SAVE THE CHILDREN 2015 – 2016
    Directing, producing and editing campaign material to promote differing issues relating to children around the world – including current stories about refugee camps and migration. See “Our Work: http://www.awelandfilms.com/
  • 2016 to 2017
    Projects under pre-production:
    Currently developing documentary film for CH4 on modern slavery in African countries like Mauritania and slavery’s expansion around the world.
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