The Creators of Freedom Fields

Take a look at the hand-picked team of Freedom Fields.

*4 minute read*

There’s an Ancient African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child”. For director Naziha, Freedom Fields has been her baby for the last 7 years, and it certainly has taken a village to birth this ground-breaking film. The first feature documentary ever made by a Libyan filmmaker, and the first feature film by a female Libyan, Freedom Fields started production as a one-woman band. As arms and legs started to grow, Naziha was joined by a talented group of craftsmen and woman from around the world.



Muhannad and Sufian were Naziha’s two right-hand men during production in Libya. Muhannad worked tirelessly organising shooting days, reading through scripts and handling the mountainous task of travel each day. In a city like Libya moving around when the streets can be grid-locked isn’t easy, but Muhannad made light work of the chaos to ensure everyone was where they needed to be when the camera was rolling. Sufian has been Naziha’s go-to second camera operator. Film critics in festivals worldwide have adored the fresh perspective of his visuals when supporting Naziha as DoP.

Flore Cosquer


Flore and Naziha met in 2012 during the Tripoli edition of ‘Stories’. ‘Stories’ is a series of talent developments workshop run by Scottish Documentary Institute and British Council. Emerging filmmakers are empowered with the creative and practical tools to examine their sense of identity and nationality. When Naziha was looking for a producer for Freedom Fields, Flore was first on the list.

With years of experience in narrative, commercial and documentary production Flore joined the core team at Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI), an internationally recognised research centre for documentary, in 2010. She is managing their various training initiatives and industry events and is a tutor for creative documentary workshops, run by the Institute in collaboration with the British Council. These workshops have taken her to Libya, Palestine and Morocco, where she has exec-produced short documentaries directed by local filmmaking teams. Flore has produced mid-length documentaries for UK broadcasters (BBC, STV) as well as short documentaries distributed in festivals internationally.

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The sound design of Freedom Fields mirrors the vibrancy and loudness of Libyan street-life, throwing the audience into the everyday world of Tripoli. Giovanni was the perfect person to bring Naziha’s vision to life, being a sound designer/field recordist and also a documentary director. He directed films including Valley of the Moon screened at the Hot Docs, amongst other Festivals, and a number of TV hour documentaries for Aljazeera and Channel One Russia, whilst continuing to explore the genres of film through sound design. Giovanni has worked on several projects centring around Libya, collaborating with the EU and Jarreth Merz for a project on Libya’s electoral process and a UN short documentary about assassinated lawyer Salwa Bughagis. He worked on a sound installation of Libya for the Museum in Marseille. He is now working on his second feature documentary After a Revolution, which will be directed by Naziha and produced by Met Films.

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EDITORS (with 5 years of footage, we needed a few!)

Ling Lee


Ling is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on human stories and crossover cultures. After graduating from The Edinburgh College of Art with a First Class BA, she studied at the National Film & Television School and gained an MA in Documentary Directing. Since then, she co-founded the Kitchen Sink Collective, and her work has been broadcast on Al Jazeera, BBC, Channel 4, ARTE/ZDF, VPRO, and screened at international film festivals. She won the One World Media Award for her film 'Miles Apart' and the Edinburgh EIFF Trailblazer Award for editing the feature-length documentary 'The Edge of Dreaming'.

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Maya Hawke


Maya is a documentary film editor, a writer and an experimental filmmaker. She has edited several feature length documentary films, including Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, together with Joe Bini. Films she has edited have played at festivals internationally, including Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

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Alice Powell


Alice has worked on a varied slate of documentary, fiction and artist films since graduating from the prestigious National Film and Television School in 2007. Her award-winning work has screened internationally at festivals including Berlinale, SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Tribeca and Hot Docs. She has worked with artists including Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing and documentary The Closer We Get by Karen Guthrie, which won the Best International Feature at Hot Docs and Best UK film at Open City Documentary Film Festival. Her most recent work was on the Sundance-supported Even When I Fall by Sky Neal and Kate Mclarnon.

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Katya Mihailova


2018 BAFTA original score nominee, Sundance Institute Film Composer Fellow, Katya Mihailova is a composer for film and media based in NYC. She composed original scores and contributed her works to a number of documentaries and features. Among those are “Born Free”, a British-Russian documentary produced by an Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner for Channel 4 in Britain and “Russian Woodpecker”, a Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning documentary by Chad Gracia. Katya’s music ranges from solo piano to experimental electronic, from orchestral to folk, intuitively interacting with the visual element, and at times, contributing a necessary ingredient to storytelling.

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