The Sound Man
(27 min) Ethiopia/Kenya/Somalia/Sudan/Rwanda/US

Monday 10/19, 7:10 PM (Session 11)

Director: Chip Duncan


The Sound Man is a documentary short featuring 62-year-old location sound engineer Abdul Ramadhan. Abdul learned his craft on the job at Nairobi's Camerapix production company where he's been employed for more than thirty-five years. While working with acclaimed photojournalist Mohamed Amin and others, Abdul recorded the sounds of revolution, civil war, genocide and famine throughout East Africa. Abdul speaks candidly about the tragedies he has witnessed and provides gripping detail about the civil war in Sudan, the genocide in Rwanda, revolution in Somalia and Ethiopia and the current tribal conflicts in Kenya.

Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, author, photographer and president of The Duncan Group, Inc. Duncan and his team recently completed the three-part public television series The Reagan Presidency. Interviews include Douglas Brinkley, Oscar Arias, Walter Mondale, Paul Volcker, Sandra Day O’Connor, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Reich, George Shultz, Reza Aslan, and Andrew Young. Duncan is currently in production on a feature documentary called The Negotiator. The film tells the story of former Senator George Mitchell’s historic struggle to bring peace to Northern Ireland. The feature documentary, Meltdown—World Without Ice, is currently in production. Other notable documentary productions include the PBS Special Landslide: The Presidency of Herbert Hoover and the PBS special In a Just World— Contraception, Abortion & World Religion. The national release of The Cost of Freedom—Security, Civil Liberty & the USA Patriot Act premiered on public television that same year. Duncan’s production of the thirteen-part Discovery Network series Mystic Lands was broadcast in more than 140 countries around the world. His work includes still photo documentation of humanitarian and educational projects in Kabul, Bamyan, Panjshir; in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma; carbon-reducing development programs in Ghana; relief efforts in Darfur, Sudan; the Haitian earthquake and post-earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan. Duncan’s photographic images appear in the book Enough to Go Around—Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Darfur.

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