James Bluemel

Documentary Filmmaker

James Bluemel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He specialises in making film which are observational and character driven, giving the characters space and agency to tell their own stories, in their own words. The worlds he explores with these characters are complicated and conflicted, covering themes of homelessness, mental illness, drug abuse, poverty, migration and war. Seeing these worlds directly through the eyes of the people who inhabit them is an immersive experience, making the films deeply empathetic whilst challenging preconceptions and stereotypes. His films have won multiple awards including the duPont Colombia and Peabody Award, as well as best documentary prises at Bafta and the International Emmys.

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Oxford, United Kingdom

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2h 48m
the virus that shook the world part 1
The Virus That Shook The World
The epic story of how people around the world lived through the first year of the pandemic, from lockdowns to funerals to protests.
April 26, 2021
1h 54m
once upon a time in iraq mosul
Once Upon A Time In Iraq
The story of the Iraq war and the chaos that followed, told by Iraqis who lived through it.
July 14, 2020
1h 54m
Exodus: The Journey Continues
The intimate stories of refugees and migrants, caught in Europe's tightened borders.
January 23, 2018
1h 54m
The first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe.
December 27, 2016