Mei Leng Yew and Aran McCarthy receive finance and project support

Congratulations to two DocLab alumni - Mei Leng Yew and Aran McCarthy - who have both been awarded grants from the One World Media Production Fund which supports emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 69 developing countries. They will both receive a £1,000 grant, mentoring and skills workshops.

Aran McCarthy and Mei Leng Yew

Aran McCarthy and Mei Leng Yew

Mei Leng took part in the very first DocLab in 2012 and she is currently working as a researcher at the BBC across a range of factual programmes. Mei Leng will be using her grant to film in Sri Lanka where half a million people have been displaced following flooding in the capital. Families, unable to support their own children, have been forced to abandon them at orphanages. This film follows teenagers at one orphanage making a rare trip to visit their parents for the Tamil New Year, examining the Sri Lankan government’s response to the crisis, through the lens of a family’s sacrifice.

Aran graduated from DocLab in 2017. He started making films whilst coaching football for Arsenal F.C. in a variety of countries including Mozambique where he will return to make his film about a gifted football player who dreams of making it big - the only problem is that there is no women's football team. By looking at the politics of who can play on the pitch, Aran hopes to shed light on the entrenched gender roles on young women in Mozambique. Aran now works as a camera operator/editor at the Arsenal F.C. This year he also completed the Roundhouse Bloomberg Production Scheme.

Published: 30 January 2018

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