We have a unique way of working with our clients which draws upon our experience of filmmaking, social work and visual anthropology.

Next to our independent documentaries, we work closely with local authorities, government agencies, schools and charities around the globe. Our work serves as a medium for research, implementation, documentation, evaluation and training and we have extensive experience of working with vulnerable people from various backgrounds and age groups.

Our award winning multi-lingual team has developed film projects, which celebrate local culture and knowledge as well as triggering analysis to necessitate social change.

Our films aim to improve living conditions by reaching out to and engaging communities into shaping services and systems. We believe in participatory filmmaking to be an effective tool to engage people around the world in exploring their lives and the world surrounding them.

We aim to empower people, by giving them a voice through film as a vehicle of communication. Our approach is inclusive, democratic and learner-oriented. All participants are equally involved in the making of their own film. We provide the framework, the participants produce the content.


Our intercultural video exchange project EinBlick received the Dieter Baacke Award 2015, which is given to exemplary educational, social and cultural media projects by the GMK (Society for Media Education and Communication Culture) as well as the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Kerstin Rickermann

Kerstin co-founded Glocal Films in London with Silke in 2004. She combines degrees in social work and visual anthropology, giving her a deep insight into socio-cultural aspects of filmmaking and media education.

Pre Glocal, Kerstin worked for various social institutions worldwide, specialising in photography, art, radio and video workshops. While working as a social worker in fostering and adoption teams in London, she completed a broadcast/festival documentary about immigration on unaccompanied minors in the UK and worked on an Indian/German documentary co-production.

Silke Beller

Silke, Glocal Films co-founder, received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College in London and spent 4 years as a freelance journalist. She then worked on various broadcast/festival documentaries as a researcher, while also being involved with the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, the LUX, the London Detainee Support Group and Resonance FM (104.4).

Between 2004 and 2006 she taught Visual Anthropology in the film departments of Iqra University and the National College of Arts in Lahore/Pakistan, while organizing various participatory video projects, the first Glocal video-exchanges and making a documentary for BBC Urdu.

Foteini Foteinaki

Foteini has a degree in photography and animation and an MA in arts education. Through teaching, Foteini has extensive experience in working with vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds.

She has been part of the Glocal team since 2010 and has enriched our work through animation. She currently focuses on adoption films.

Chryssa Panoussiadou

Chryssa holds an MA in Documentary Research for Film and TV and has a strong background in editorial photography and TV news production. She has been working on assignments for major media organizations and NGOs internationally, including BBC online, The Guardian, The Times, ActionAid UK, Red Cross, Associated Press Television News, ZDF and others.

Chryssa, who has collaborated with Glocal since 2011, currently films, produces and edits news and documentaries.

Debbie Attucktsang

Debbie gained a BA in Fine Art and Art History from Goldsmiths College, London where she specialized in photography. Since graduating she has continued as a practicing artist, working and living for extensive periods in Northern India. Debbie has been running art workshops for children from various backgrounds and is a qualified OFSTED registered Childminder.

Debbie has freelanced with Glocal Films since 2005.