Jan Beddegenoodts graduated as a journalist (Television KHM) in 2009. During his studies he was hitchhiking through Europe, couchsurfing in New York and helping to build a more human prison in Congo. He did his internship in Suriname with STVS (The national Television of Suriname).
After he graduated as a journalist he started focussing on Photography and travelling the world. In one year he travelled through India, Cuba and North America. After every new adventure an exposition followed. At the moment Jan Beddegenoodts is working on the postproduction of “We are Nabi Saleh” and his first photobook and shortfilm about the 8 months he spent at Israeli Raves and Palestinian protests. This project is called The taste of Freedom
After finishing his studies as a journalist in 2005, Niel Iwens decided to also learn the technical aspects of the profession. He got his second bachelor degree in audivisual technics at the Lessius College in Mechelen. He started out as a freelance video editor and cameraman at VTM, a commercial television station in Belgium.
The idea of making documentaries abroad arose after an inspiring 6 months journey through South America. In 2010 he made a report on the reintegration of former child soldiers in Uganda. This report was to be seen on ‘Terzake’ on Canvas.
Also for an organisation called ZUIDDAG, he realised reports in Indonesia and Tanzania on food, health and farmer issues.
For 5 years he has been teaching young journalist video-editing and camera skills at the school where he graduated. Besides his job as a lecturer he remained a freelance editor for VRT and VTM.
Rachel De Plaen was graduated from Arabic Literature in Brussel. She finished recently her master in International Negotiation in France. She has been traveling and working in the Middle East since almost 8 years in Yemen, Syria, Egypt and Palestine. She was all the time interested to get to know the most marginalized groups in that region.
Her recent professional experience in the NGO sector was a way to better understand the different societies in the Middle East and their develoment challenge. She is trying to use her personal and professional experiences to show to the western communities the Arabic countries in the most positive way.
Linah Alsaafin is a third generation refugee from the village of al-Falujah, nestled between al-Majdal and Hebron. Having graduated from Birzeit University in 2011 with a degree in English literature, Linah enjoys writing flamboyant articles about the ill-concieved Israeli occupation and its effects on Palestinians as a blogger for Electronic Intifada. As a witness to Salam Fayyad’s capitalistic Ramallah, Linah yearns to visit the Gaza Strip, where her grandparents still reside in the Khan Younis refugee camp and whom she last saw almost 7 years ago.