Sam Farmar began his career working for an emergency medical team during
the civil war in Southern Sudan but soon started writing for the Guardian
newspaper and returned to university to do a Postgraduate MA in Broadcast
Journalism. He started out as a local BBC radio reporter going on to become BBC
Radio Four’s UK nomination for ‘best European radio documentary’. He has since
moved into television and now works freelance: reporting, directing and
producing documentaries and news.
Sam was the first reporter to
interview Joseph Kony - who remains ‘the most wanted man in Africa’ and is
the leader of the ‘Lords Resistance Army’, who in 23 years had never given an
interview. The story was the leading broadcast on BBC Newsnight, accompanied by
a front-page in 'The Times’ newspaper.
Sam initiated the concept and
remotely directed ‘Invisible Enemy’, a 60-minute film that formed part of the
BBC's ‘Our War’ Series and won a BAFTA
for Best Factual TV Series 2012. The documentary captured the
camaraderie and dangers faced by a British army platoon and their enigmatic
guitar-playing commander, during their six-month tour in Afghanistan.
He was also the first journalist to interview the world’s most active
kidnappers as they funded the presidential campaign during Haiti’s volatile
elections. He’s produced and directed films for Channel 4’s award winning
international current affairs series, ‘Unreported World,’ where under constant
threat he documented vigilantes, torture and disappearances in Guatemala City.
His second ‘Unreported World’ followed the lives of North Korean refugees
fleeing across the border into China.
Sam reported, produced and directed stories from the Tsunami
affected areas of Japan and made two films for BBC Newsnight in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. He also worked on the BBC's definitive series about the Arab
uprisings and spent six months working with the presenter Louis Theroux. More recently he has made a 'one off' venture back to radio, producing a BBC Radio 4
documentary on the rise of radical Islamists and religious tensions in
Sam is best known for finding great characters, originating stories and
developing clear engaging narratives. He has consistently delivered on a wide
range of difficult access stories across Africa, Asia and the Americas - covering
conflict, politics, adventure and character driven films. He has a sharp eye,
great perseverance and is an upbeat engaging character.
With extensive experience as a self-shooting producer / director Sam is
trusted to work alone and yet has confidently and successfully led teams and
managed presenters in highly sensitive environments for all the major
international broadcasters. He holds a US I Visa and is up to date with AKE’s
hostile environment training.
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