Fun times with Felicia

By Twins and Ducks

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. I was there to capture beautiful images of it’s flora, fauna, water sources, the water, the village, the people and the park rangers. It was important to me to get these images because they would make the film a lot richer, but also, if I’m being honest with myself and with you, I really wanted to see and film gorillas. I wanted to find gorillas so badly. My long lens was fasted to my camera and the tripod on my shoulder, was ready to be set up at a moment’s notice.

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Nessim Stevenson
Extended Family and Bad Press

By Chris Kousouros

The presence of What Took You So Long leaves a mark, like a clearing in the trees where the grass is still warm and flattened, their presence lingers in the air around me.

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. The project I was there for was with a different organization in Hargeisa, but from the start the Bulsho crew’s involvement was assumed. You wouldn’t arrive to a city and not contact your best friend, even if you weren’t specifically there to see them. Except I had never met this best friend of ours!

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Nessim Stevenson
The randomness of Camel Milk

By Chris Kousouros

La grande majorité des productions de What Took You So Long se déroulent dans des environnements complexes, avec plusieurs langues et dans des situations en évolution rapide. Cela nécessite des équipements légers et non-imposant qui produisent des images tout aussi étonnantes à midi et au crépuscule, dans un bureau ou dans la brousse.

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Nessim Stevenson
The Central African rainforest and the fear of turning corners. 

By Clara Wetzel

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. I was there to capture beautiful images of it’s flora, fauna, water sources, the water, the village, the people and the park rangers. It was important to me to get these images because they would make the film a lot richer, but also, if I’m being honest with myself and with you, I really wanted to see and film gorillas. I wanted to find gorillas so badly. My long lens was fasted to my camera and the tripod on my shoulder, was ready to be set up at a moment’s notice.

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Nessim Stevenson