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SARITA SIEGEL

London, UK

Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor


BIOGRAPHY:

Sarita Siegel has been filmmaking for over 15 years in America, New Zealand and England. Most recently Siegel produced and directed the critically praised, award-winning documentary “Fire Burn Babylon”. Her current project, “Outspoken”, is a feature documentary chronicling the international community of young rap activists demanding change across the globe. Siegel’s documentary subjects often lie at the intersection between nature and culture. Her films have a love for heroes and visionaries, as well as anti-heroes and underdogs. Siegel strives to bring characters into focus that might otherwise be overlooked in our fast moving world.

Sarita Siegel created Alchemy Films in 1994 with Taggart Siegel. Alchemy Films has made award-winning cross-cultural films and natural history subjects with an awareness of conservation. Alchemy Films documentaries have been broadcast on National Geographic Channels, US PBS, ARTE, and France Channel 5. Titles include “The Split Horn” (2001), “The Disenchanted Forest” (2002), “Destroying Angel” (1995) and “The Beloved” (1997).


FILMOGRAPHY:

2010 - Fire Burn Babylon (documentary feature)

Director, Producer


2009 - Exiles and Outlaws (short documentary)

Director, Cinematographer, Editor


2002 - The Disenchanted Forest (feature documentary)

Director, Writer, Producer


2001 - The Split Horn (feature documentary)

Co-Producer


1997 - The Beloved (short narrative)

Director, Writer, Producer


1995 - Destroying Angel (short narrative)

Director, Writer





 


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DOCUMENTARY FILMS BY SARITA SIEGEL


THE DISENCHANTED FOREST

Documentary Feature

Director Sarita Siegel, UK, 2002, 52 min, color

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the disenchanted forest directed by sarita siegel
OVERVIEW:

Two years in the making, THE DISENCHANTED FOREST is an intimate portrayal of the world of orangutans, the threats to their survival and the people committed to help them thrive. But it is even more that that, we focus on the recent discovery that orangutans do not rely on animal instinct for survival, but instead have a culture that they preserve from generation to generation.

Orphaned orangutans are taken into rehabilitation to relearn from human caregivers the vital cultural skills they need to survive in the rainforest. These tenacious young apes are released and in the absence of mothers or elders they eventually learn to sustain themselves independently of human aid.




FIRE BURN BABYLON

Documentary Feature

Director Sarita Siegel, UK, 2010, 53 min, color

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fire burn babylon directed by sarita siegel
OVERVIEW:

Having met and fallen in love with a Rastafarian at the Notting Hill Carnival, filmmaker Sarita Siegel finds her life irresistibly bound to the fortunes of a crew of Caribbean Rastafarians who have resettled in London after a volcanic eruption devastated their island home.

FIRE BURN BABYLON is an inquiry into the transformations of culture and place when a spiritually vivid past meets the intransigent reality of a Western city. Sarita films Lyndon, I-Shaka and Elroy as they reinvent themselves as rude-boy rappers and small-time hustlers on the East End nightclub circuit. Will their dreams of celebrity be realized before the law catches up with them?

Will the birth of their children by non-Rastafarian women introduce new values in their lives? When your child must be brought up between two worlds there will be difficult choices to be made. FIRE BURN BABYLON is told through the eyes of the men themselves, the women who love them and the elders who guide them.


Official Site: fireburnbabylon.com

Facebook: facebook.com/FireBurnBabylon




OUTSPOKEN

Documentary Feature

Director Sarita Siegel

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outspoken directed by sarita siegel
OVERVIEW:

Currently in production, OUTSPOKEN is a feature documentary that chronicles an explosion of young rap ‘activists’ who are stepping up to the mic to voice protest and demand change in the world. Audiences will journey to the backyards, clubs and shantytowns of Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Polynesia to meet rap activists who use rhyme to celebrate, reinforce and represent themselves, prod the ‘powers-that-be’ and to protest. Globally, rap artists are creating powerful social commentary for our times and are ushering in new ways to thinking and communicating in art and politics.


Official Site: outspokenfilms.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Outspokenfilms






 
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