A Faction Films’ production

We are proud to announce that Hip Hop Hijabis has made it into this year’s BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 Official Selection! Congratulations!


Directed by Mette Reitzel
A Faction Films’ Production for Witness, Al Jazeera English

A musical road movie following two best friends and Muslim converts, Sukina and Muneera of the Hip Hop duo ‘Poetic Pilgrimage’, on their quest to spiritually reconcile their new faith with their feminist sensibilities and Jamaican roots. As they tour the UK and Morocco the varied reception to their performances provides a candid, and perhaps surprising, snapshot of contemporary Islam, where some believe music and female performance is forbidden while others share their passion.

A universal story about friendship, love and idealism… and two young women finding their place in the world.

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Invisible Picture Show Wins

One World ‘Google Digital Media Award’

Tim Travers Hawkins’ documentary about children in immigration detention centres around the world, was one of three nominees for the award, alongside The Guardian’s Walled World and France24’s Iranorama.

The jury described it as:

“a very powerful and haunting piece of work. The evocative and creative treatment was a virtue, achieved by combining the sound of real voices with the immersive style of a graphic novel. The children involved and their stories are, by definition, hidden, and this project brought them to our attention with an emotional intensity unusual in digital story-telling.”

The One World Awards recognize “strong vibrant and independent media that empowers citizens, promotes justice and contributes to international development” and the Google- sponsored Digital Media Category is specifically aimed at innovative online forms.


For more information about the project go to: http://www.factionfilms.co.uk/films-for-sale/invisible-picture-show/

To experience the interactive web documentary visit: www.invisiblepictureshow.com

Our friends of Counterpoints Arts say:  http://counterpointsarts.org.uk/faction-films-win-google-digital-media-award/

Invisible Picture Show

Directed By: Tim Travers Hawkins

Producer: Andy Noble

Executive Producers: Sylvia Stevens and Caroline Spry

A Faction Films Production


Contact Tim Travers Hawkins on timtravershawkins@gmail.com or Sylvia Stevens on sstevens@factionfilms.co.uk


A Stud In Libya

“Given horseracing’s long and illustrious history, it is rare indeed that we are privileged to witness the birth of a new racing nation. Even more excitingly, Sylvia Stevens, of Faction Films, has been

filming the process right from the start, chronicling a nation rebuilding itself through its love of the horse”.

This quote introduces a powerful article by Ireland based horseracing journalist and broadcaster Lissa Oliver on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. The article is about Libya’s emerging role in the

international horse world. Faction Films has been filming at Dr Amad Shaab’s featured stud outside Tripoli for the past year.

Our documentary A Stud In Libya follows life at the stud and the extraordinary story of the rebuilding of the country’s ancient horse culture.

To keep in touch about progress with the documentary email us at faction@factionfilms.co.uk


Faction Films

has been at the cutting edge of documentary programme making since 1983. We work regularly with UK and international broadcasters in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. Our programmes have won awards, appeared in numerous festivals and helped change laws.

Faction’s programmes range from cultural, social and environmental explorations to investigative documentaries on issues and themes around the world including Iraq, Cuba, Ireland, Colombia, India, Ecuador, Australia and South Africa.

Faction has a strong track record of nurturing new talent and working with programme makers from other countries.

We have an energetic and experienced team of producers generating projects as well as collaborating with and supporting programme makers.