“Our small boat sets off from the dock. The early morning air feels crisp and fresh after a night of heavy rain. The sky is still undecided on whether or not to finally reveal its splendid azure hues. It’s my first day in Vava’u Tonga, where, for the coming weeks, I hope to swim alongside giants of the deep.“
“Sitting in the helicopter I can see my destination from far, It is apart of a land I have wanted to visit for a while. It is a land of beauty, pain, and strength. Little did I know just how much this place would impact me. My name is Ghinwa and this is my journey to Nigeria.”
A direct flight from Geneva lands me in Cairo, the elder sister of the city I grew up in, Beirut. After sailing through customs despite all the camera gear I was carrying, rehearsed answers to their potential questioning still buzzing in my mind, I stepped out of the airport.
It was my first time in Somaliland, my first time meeting the Bulsho crew. They are a local production company in Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital, that we have worked with since the beginning of WYTSL. Countless stories, long projects, a few nervous moments; the Bulsho crew and WTYSL have had a long history together.
I was filming a short documentary in Gabon for UNDP, CAFI (Central African Forest Initiative). With borrowed boots, socks and pants - everything but the shirt I was wearing - and a 15 kg backpack full of camera gear, I entered the rainforest for the second time.
This is the story of the creation of What Took You So Long? How it all began and why we are such ardent lovers of the camel. The following blog-post has been put together using the transcripts of a WhatsApp voice-note Sebastian recorded at the airport in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, and a recorded interview with Alicia at the wrap-up party of a 10-day shoot in Jordan.