Weijun Chen, Director
Weijun Chen is a documentary director and producer living in Wuhan, central China. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Sichuan University in 1992, he joined the documentary production department of the Wuhan regional television station. Chen’s first film, My Life Is My Philosophy, was nominated for the best documentary of the year by the Chinese National Association of Broadcasters. In 2003, he completed To Live Is Better Than To Die, which was awarded Peabody and Grierson awards, as well at the Rodlf Vrfba Award from the One World Festival.
Don Edkins, Producer
Don Edkins is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. With an academic background in Development Studies and African languages, he has extensive work experience in the field of media and development. He produced the multi-awarded Steps for the Future (2001/4), a collection of 38 films from Southern Africa about life in the time of HIV/AIDS. He was executive producer for the STEPS global documentary project Why Democracy? of 10 longform documentaries and 17 short films, screened by 48 broadcasters in 180 countries. With more than 30 international awards for the films, including an Oscar, two Peabodys, and a Grierson, the films are now being distributed worldwide for educational outreach. He is coauthor of a book about documentary filmmaking, training and outreach published by Jacana Media: STEPS by STEPS. Don is director of Steps International, and executive producer of the new STEPS project Why Poverty?