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.

Founded in 2004 by documentary visionaries Mette Hoffmann Meyer (former head of documentaries at DR) and Nick Fraser (founder of BBC's documentary strand Storyville), THE WHY encapsulate their vision of making investigative documentaries available to everyone, everywhere. 

Engaging our extensive network of broadcasters, filmmakers and journalists, THE WHY now reaches more than 200 countries and territories 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 and environmental issues.



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


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


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.


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

We inspire critical thinking and debate on pressing human rights and environmental 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

Former French Ambassador to Denmark. 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.

Peter Stenbæk

Creative Director Cosmic People

Peter is the current Creative Director of Egmont in Copenhagen. Formerly the Creative Director of Cosmic People, Peter has a wealth of experience in the running arts organizations.

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 Docsville. 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.

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Mette Hoffmann Meyer

CEO / Executive Producer

Etta Thompson Deschamps

Office Manager

Charlotte Meyer

Strategy Consultant

Stig Bilde


Maria Colomer Canyelles


Signe Spanggård Jørgensen

Project Manager

Mathilde Kirstein

Graphic Designer & WHY STORIES Production Assistant

Cecília Tümler

Communications Coordinator

Isabelle Von Lowzow

Fundraising Coordinator

Kajsa Rosenblad

WHY PLASTIC? Series Researcher

Martin Lange

Video Editor and Youtube Assistant

Neus Herrera

Communications Assistant

Faria Hasan

Outreach Assistant

Alberica Rindi

Production and Outreach Assistant

Annika Langrock

Communications & Press Assistant

Wagner Moura


Alex Gibney

Film Director and Producer

Ruby Chen

Co-founder and Ceo, Cnex Foundation

Nagieb Khaja

Director and Journalist

Mariza Matshaya

Producer and Founder of Queen of Film

Olafur Eliasson


Jan Rofekamp

President & Ceo, Films Transit International

Chris Hastings

Executive Producer and Editorial Manager, World Channel

Claire Aguilar

Curator of Documentaries

Henrik Beha Pederson

Founder & CEO; Plastic Change | WHY PLASTIC? Advisor

Anja Stokkan

Plastic Coordinator, Municipality of Oslo | WHY PLASTIC? Advisor

Kristian Syberg

Associate Professor Roskilde University, MarinePlastic | WHY PLASTIC? Advisor

Connie Hedegaard

Former European Commissioner for Climate Action

Malene Møhl

WWF Plastic Advisor | WHY PLASTIC? Advisor

Sine Plambech

Researcher, Anthropologist and Film Director | WHY SLAVERY? Advisor