Mohamed ‘Mo’ Amin made the news as often as he covered it. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he covered every major event in Africa and beyond, braving 28 days of torture, surviving bombs, bullets, and the loss of his left arm in an ammunition dump explosion, and emerging as the most decorated news cameraman of his time. His compelling coverage of the 1984 Ethiopian famine inspired a collective global conscience and a groundbreaking philanthropic wave resulting in Band Aid, USA for Africa, and Live Aid.
Mo Amin’s honest, unwavering approach to photojournalism earned him the unconditional respect of both friends and enemies alike. In Mo & Me, Salim Amin, Mohamed’s son and only child, undertakes a journey of recollection and reflection into the life of the frequently absent, globe-trotting father he loved, revered, and feared. Retracing his father’s steps and interviewing friends and colleagues, he unveils an extraordinary, action-packed life filled with a pain and a passion inseparable from that of Africa itself.
Mo & Me has won numerous awards globally including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; Best International Documentary at the Calgary Film Festival; and Best Documentary at the Kenya International Film Festival. Co-produced by Camerapix Ltd. and Al-Jazeera International, it has been serialized and aired on Al-Jazeera English.
About the Speakers
Salim Amin is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative. He is the CEO of Camerapix – the company his father started– and the Chairman of the Mohamed Amin Foundation and A24 Media. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, photographer and President of The Duncan Entertainment Group. His recent work includes The Life & Death of Glaciers (Discovery) and the three-part public television series The Reagan Presidency (Broadcast internationally in 2013). Duncan is also the screenwriter for the upcoming feature film on the life and work of Mohamed Amin. Duncan’s photographic images are currently on display at the Council on Foreign Relations and will be featured in the upcoming book Food Water Shelter.
Riz Khan has spent over 25 years in journalism. He is a founding director of Al-Jazeera English where he has hosted the flagship shows Riz Khan and Riz Khan’s One-on-One on the network. Prior to Al-Jazeera, he hosted CNN International’s interactive interview show, Q&A With Riz Khan and was the prime face for CNNi’s coverage of breaking news, high-profile stories, and global events. His career began at the BBC where he was the first person of South Asian decent in the mainstream news and co-anchored the launch of BBC World Service TV. He is the author of two books, the best-selling Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince (2005) and the 2012 novel We Interrupt our Programming.