Filmmaker Q&A with Director Sean Dimond

Is there a particular documentary film or filmmaker that had a major influence on your career?

Terence Malick


What motivated you to make this film?

Social entrepreneurship requires tenacious, courageous, patient work.


Please tell us what camera(s) you shot with primarily – and any other special equipment that you used and why you used it.

Sony FX7


Please tell us about any special styles or techniques that you used during the production of your film to help tell your story.

We used an EyeDirect for every interview


How did your story evolve from day one, to the very last day in post? Is your story what you thought it would be?

The finished story highlighted global partnerships more than we originally expected


Please describe the most rewarding experience you had while making this film.

Filming with the Ugandan story subjects, particularly the graduates of the Sseko program.


What advice can you give to other impact filmmakers?

Listen and research deeply. Bring empathy. Take risks. Read good literature.


What’s your favorite part about the filmmaking process and why?

Seeing interview subjects share things they did not expect to.


What’s the one item you always take with you when working out in the field and why?

Headphones and curated playlists of compositional ambient music.


Please share a personal story about your experience making this film.

We had to wait for the monkeys to quiet themselves down before we could proceed with each interview.


What do you want audiences to take away from your film?

Inspiration and curiosity


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

Are balanced, equitable partnerships possible in cross-cultural social entrepreneurship ventures?



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