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Media Center Member’s Work Premiered on Facebook 360°

We are so proud of our member Marcelle Hopkins, Director of the amazing immersive documentary "On the Brink of Famine" that premiered on Facebook 360° this month.

We are so proud of our member Marcelle Hopkins, Director of the amazing immersive documentary “On the Brink of Famine” that premiered on Facebook 360° this month. This documentary transports viewers to the heart of one of the most critical humanitarian situations of our time, the South Sudan’s food crisis.

Marcelle traveled to South Sudan this past August and September of 2015 to shoot the film with her fellow colleagues Benedict Moran and Evan Wexler. Through difficult conditions they created an extraordinary virtual reality film that gives us a closer look at the life in South Sudan, where more than 2.8 million people are facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, and around 40,000 people are near starvation.

The full documentary is now available on FRONTLINE’s Facebook page and so far has amassed more than 2 million views. You can also see an interview with Marcelle and her team from Ars Technica here.

“On the Brink of Famine” is supported by FRONTLINE and by a “Magic Grant” from The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford Universities. The Ford Foundation also supported the development of the project via its funding for FRONTLINE’s Enterprise Journalism Desk, and via a Ford Foundation JustFilms Fellowship at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

About Marcelle Hopkins:

Marcelle Hopkins headshot

Marcelle is an incubator member at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. She is an award-winning journalist specializing in human rights and humanitarian crises. In 2014, Marcelle wrote and produced an interactive documentary on Sri Lanka’s recovery from civil war, which won a UN Foundation Prize and a Horizon Interactive Award. Through seven years at Al Jazeera’s United Nations bureau, she has covered nearly every major international conflict and crisis of the past decade. She holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.