Shooting A Documentary | Lessons Learned
Just finished the shooting of a documentary about female genital mutilation in eastern Uganda.
Some of the struggles we faced included tracking down the known female genital cutters, it was the most frustrating. Imagine going up and down valleys and through caves and at the end of this trek it turns out to be an hoax. Many of the known cutters had crossed the border to Western Kenya!
Lesson learned: do not rely on only locals to get you subjects to interview. There is need to stay in the community for some time so that they learn to trust you.
And also the cutting is done in an even year but we went in 2013! And we didn’t know this.
Lesson learned: need to plan and do thorough research about the documentary idea.