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RICARDO D'AGUIAR / SELECTED VIDEO / 2023

Welcome to my video portfolio page. I am a media strategist, video director, editor, photographer, and multimedia creative with broad international experience in both the commercial and the non-profit sectors. I have excellent knowledge of four languages and working experience in several countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Pacific & the Americas. I'm a Chevening scholar with an MA in Media and International Development, 5 years of corporate management experience and 4 years of NGO management experience—my current occupation. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, with Permanent Residence status in Canada, I'm currently based in New York City. Below are a few examples of video projects I have worked on.

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
CURANDERO

Deep in the Amazon forest, a variety of plant species are considered doctors, teachers, and intelligent beings. A sophisticated medicinal practice was developed around these plants and has been in use for millennia. Its effectiveness today is being carefully studied by Western science. Curandero takes a closer look as these two powerful systems of knowledge production converge and interact to produce something new and exciting. At a critical point in the climate crisis, Curandero reminds us we can only thrive if the planet thrives as well. I co-produced, directed, shot and edited it.

FEMINIST CHALLENGES

This is a film about DAWN, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era. DAWN is an organization of feminist researchers, analysts and activists from the global South, who work for gender, economic and ecological justice and for sustainable and democratic development. Since its founding in 1984, DAWN has been recognized for its feminist analysis of gender and development and for its participation in global women's and feminist movements. Through research, analysis, advocacy, and training from feminist pedagogies, DAWN seeks to support the mobilization of women, lesbians, and trans people to challenge unequal and unfair social, economic, and political relationships and advance the construction of alternatives. I co-produced, directed, shot and edited it.

Film Poster

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Film poster created for the launch of the 23-video series based on the Intergenerational Dialogues meeting held by DAWN in Ciudad de México in 2019.

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Watch the film below

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This documentary is part of a series of 23 videos created during the DAWN Comms overhaul which was based on the DAWN Comms Plan 2020 proposal.

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Click the button below to access the website-formatted comms plan

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CLIMATE CRISIS

This is part of a series of 7 short videos for social media based on DAWN's thematic areas. The voice-over is from Dr Gita Sen, the renowned Indian feminist economist. I co-produced, directed, shot and edited it.

BRIGHT SKY

This animation is the first of a series of animated and live-action films produced under the project "Old Dog, New Tricks: Neocolonialism & Public-Private Partnerships in the Global South'' that highlights the effects of PPPs on women's lives. The project also focuses on the deterioration of working conditions by promoting casual contracts and different degrees of informal work, in what’s quickly becoming a trend of late-stage capitalism. I was responsible for the production and coordinated international dissemination as the organization's Communications Officer.

PALESTINIAN SUMMER SCHOOL

Documentary about the Drama Summer School, a project that offers a 3-year educational program to teachers from Palestine and the Arab world. The classes take place in a hotel in the ancient city of Jerash, Jordan. It is organized and offered free of charge by the A.M. Qattan Foundation. The idea is to introduce the use of drama as a tool for enhancing the teaching of regular school disciplines. It also creates a space for people to interact freely and straighten networks in a society under severe pressure. This version was broadcast by Palestinian National TV.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Documentary short about social actors ignored in their daily professions: bus drivers, rubbish collectors, maids, nannies, and doormen. People who are judged, frowned upon and excluded in various ways. The film focuses on listening to these people, their stories and especially their opinions about the way they are viewed and treated by society. Contemporary thinkers offer a critical analysis and understanding of this historical legacy of Brazilian slavery in modern urban centres.

AERIAL FOOTAGE REEL

Drone footage shot at the US/Mexico border for a film project about an anthropologist and a botanist working in the region. I enjoy aerial footage creation and have learned to use a few aircraft.

MUSIC VIDEO FOR A SONG BY KATIE DEY

I am an experimental videomaker and have been working with different approaches to video since I first got a VHS camera in my hands. This is a recent example, using a few image-sampling apps and programming created by the Spanish digital artist (and sea captain!) Julio Lucio.

TAKIWASI: HOUSE OF HEALING

The research & therapy centre Takiwasi is based in the High Amazon region of Peru. Founded in 1986 by French, Peruvian and Japanese doctors, it uses Traditional Amazonian Medicine combined with Western psychotherapy to achieve a high success rate in the treatment of severe drug addiction, depression and other psychological ailments. Patients from around the globe and from the local community seek the centre's services. Takiwasi relies on a multinational staff of Western-trained doctors, psychologists, molecular biologists and ethnobotanists as well as traditional healers from around the region which is notorious for producing some of the greatest curanderos of the Amazon. The centre has developed a unique approach to integrating and articulating Western science and traditional methods to create a therapeutic protocol focused on long-term, sustainable patient results.

FLOATING JUSTICE

Much of the population of Amapá lives in riverside communities accessible only by boat. A federal judge and his court set up a floating tribunal and go up the river to render their services to the people. I participated in the project from the beginning. I helped develop the story and edited several pieces with director Leila Lak. One version of the film was awarded Best Documentary in Portuguese Language at the Portugal International film festival (May 2019, produced by Leila Lak). The film was re-edited and sold in different formats to the BBC, NYT and Channel 4, among other broadcasters.

VIDEOART FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
ADVOCACY VIDEOART

Feminist Digital Justice and The Feminists for a People's Vaccine Campaign

ADVOCACY VIDEOART: CLIMATE CRISIS
THE FUTURE

Transmedia work for a play by Lucas Paraizo Garcia & Fernanda Bond. Presented at the 1st edition of Microteatro from Madrid in Rio de Janeiro. We used 6 synchronized video projectors to fill an entire room where the audience walked through to watch the play. This video was screened as an introduction to the play. It was projected in 6 adjacent screens of 2x1m, custom-made to fit the screening room.

(Mapping by J. Parente)