What

We believe free access to information is a human right.

1 billion people are unable to read and write and more than half of the world's population lack access to the internet. This means that for millions of people across the world free, reliable, information is simply not available.

To combat unequal access to information THE WHY produces & donates documentaries to underserved countries and distributes them on a sliding fee scale to other broadcasters around the world.

THE WHY works in 191 countries with over 70 television broadcasters, local non-profit organizations and schools. By securing access to informative documentary films for everyone, we encourage global critical debate on pressing human rights issues.

How

Produce

We produce informative documentaries which focus on human rights issues around the world.

Distribute

We distribute our documentaries to over 70 local broadcasters, nonprofit organizations, schools, museums & galleries across 191 countries. 

Create

We create local language versions of our documentaries & supplementary educational materials.

Where we are

THE WHY works with partners across the world to extend free access to information for everyone.

OUR IMPACT

We secure free acess to reliable information for 600 million people across 191 countries around the world.

We inspire critical thinking and debate on pressing human rights issues.

We support public media in developing countries by donating films to broadcasters around the world.

To find out more about our impact download the individual impact reports for each project below

Who we are

Randi Bach Poulsen

Chair Person of the Board

Partner of the Danish Law Firm Bech-Bruun. Former managing partner and specialist in company law, investments and governance and member of a number of boards of privately owned companies and institutions.

François Zimeray

Board member

French Ambassador to Denmark. Lawyer, member of the Paris Bar. Former member of the European Parliament and former Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights.

Camilla Nielsson

Board member

Multi award-winning director. Holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology & Media Studies from New York University and worked as an independent filmmaker since 2000. Directed “Mumbai Disconnected” (2009) and “Democrats” (2014).

Klara Grunning-Harris

Board member

Emmy Award winning Grunning-Harris is an international content, production, distribution, financing consultant and executive producer for film, TV and cross-media content. She is the commissioning editor for documentary features and TV-films at the Swedish Film Institute. She previously worked at the Danish Film Institute. Grunning-Harris has supported films like Queen of Versailles, Sepideh Reaching for the Stars, Ai WeiWei: The Fake Case, Concerning Violence, 1989, Palme and many more. Klara Grunning-Harris has 15 years of experience in international co-production, content and financing.

Mette Hoffmann Meyer

CEO / Executive Producer

Mette Hoffman Meyer is Executive Producer at The Why. Mette was previously head of documentaries and co-productions at Denmark’s public service broadcasting cooperation, DR, and Editor of the factual series Documania on DR channel 2. Hoffman Meyer, helped finance films like the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, The Queen of Versailles, and the U.S.-Danish co-productions: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and the Sundance award winning film: The Red Chapel. She also spearheaded the projects Why Poverty? a series of eight films aired by 70 broadcasters, reaching more than 500 million people world wide.

Nick Fraser

Board member & Founding Member

Nick Fraser is spearheading the digital documentary platform Yaddo. Previously he has been editing the BBC factual series Storyville since its inception in 1997. After graduating from Oxford University he worked as a reporter, television producer and editor. His publications include a biography of Eva Peron, ‘The Voice of Modern Hatred’, and ‘The Importance of Being Eton’. Storyville films have won more than two hundred awards, including four Oscars, a Sundance Grand Jury Prize and several Griersons, Emmys and Peabodys.

Mette Hoffmann Meyer

CEO / Executive Producer

Etta Thompson Deschamps

Office Manager

Charlotte Meyer

Strategy Consultant

Stig Bilde

WHY STORIES? Editor

Maria Colomer Canyelles

WHY STORIES? Producer

Signe Spanggård Jørgensen

Project Manager

Siri Leijonhufvud

Graphic Designer

Natalie Collins

Communications and Campaigns Coordinator

Karoline Hill

Communications Assistant

Kajsa Rosenblad

Research Assistant

Emma Karlson

Content Editor

Dafne Lechuga

Video Editor

Nagieb Khaja

Director and Journalist

Sine Plambech

Researcher, Anthropologist and Film Director

Olafur Eliasson

Artist

Mariza Matshaya

Producer and Founder, Queen of Film

Jan Rofekamp

President & Ceo, Films Transit International

Alex Gibney

Film Director and Producer

Claire Aguilar

Curator of Documentaries

Chris Hastings

Executive Producer and Editorial Manager, World Channel

Ruby Chen

Co-founder and Ceo, Cnex Foundation

Wagner Moura

Actor

Henrik Beha Pederson

Founder & CEO; Plastic Change

Peter Stenbæk

Creative Director Cosmic People

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