Meet the Commissioners: BBC Africa Eye | OWM Workshop

Wed 19 October 2022 | 13:00 – 15:00pm BST

Meet the BBC Africa Eye team as they share the ins and outs of their platform and how they work with filmmakers and journalists in delivering ambitious films.

Since 2018, BBC Africa Eye has sparked conversations across Africa for its high-impact investigations. BBC Africa Eye broadcasts 20 films each year. The series’ goal is to promote the culture of investigative journalism across Africa and strengthen the skills of African investigative journalists. All the films are based on in-depth reporting that holds power to account.

But Africa Eye isn’t only a platform for journalists – like all good documentary filmmaking, narrative is central to all investigative and current affairs films. There is a wealth of talented filmmakers from the documentary world that have what it takes to produce high impact, investigative films.

In this workshop, BBC Africa Eye team will demonstrate the crossover between the documentary and current affairs worlds. They’ll talk through the key elements that make an Africa Eye film, like gaining access to elusive characters and institutions, the use of covert filming, and open-source investigations.

The team will explain how the experience in investigative journalism and current affairs filmmaking can be used to support your ideas and develop your stories. The session will cover the parameters the BBC follows when undertaking covert filming or working in hostile environments, and take you through the process of a pitch to broadcast.


Zoom meeting details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event.


Peter Murimi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan documentary director/producer focusing on hard-hitting social issues. His feature-length documentary I Am Samuel (2020)* tells the story of a gay Kenyan man’s struggle for acceptance and has been shown at more than a dozen film festivals, including Hot Docs, BFI and Human Rights Watch. Peter has led numerous investigations for BBC Africa Eye including The Baby Stealers (2020), which exposed a child trafficking syndicate and led to multiple arrests, and Suicide Stories (2019), for which he won the Rory Peck News Features Award. He has made films in 30 African countries for major media outlets including Al Jazeera and Channel 4 News. His first major win was the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Award for his intimate film about Female Genital Mutilation among his Kuria community, Walk to Womanhood (2004). Peter is the Development Executive Producer for BBC Africa Eye.

Karim Shah is a London based filmmaker, and he has produced documentary and current affairs films in close to 40 countries, from Pyongyang to Timbuktu. A versatile filmmaker, Karim’s work ranges from self-shot observational documentaries to undercover investigations. He regularly works for the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera English and PBS Frontline. Karim was awarded a Foreign Press Award in 2016 and has sat on the jury for the Rory Peck and Royal Television Awards. Karim is an Executive Producer for BBC Africa Eye.

Suzanne Vanhooymissen is an award-winning filmmaker who has been central to the Africa Eye team since its inception. Her credits include “Crowd1: Unmasking the pyramid kings” which won BBC News Award for Most Innovative Use of Production Craft, and “Sudan’s Livestream Massacre” which won the 2020 Webby Award for ‘News & Politics’ and the 2020 BBC News Award for ‘Digital Innovation’. Suzanne has worked in nearly every production role, a one-woman band, filming, reporting, producing and editing in the field for breaking news and features. She has in-depth knowledge of open-source storytelling techniques. She’s worked across Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Suzanne was born in Kinshasa and spent periods of her childhood living in DRCongo. She was also based in Ghana for 3 years as a freelance shoot-edit producer for BBC News before joining Africa Eye.