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Thanks for visiting the ZAMBIAN LIVES Portrait Series Videoblog, a place where I will occasionally post a new short video portrait from Zambia.

To start with, here is a little information from *wikipedia about this beautiful country in central southern Africa.

Zambia /ˈzæmbiə/, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, MozambiqueZimbabweBotswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest. […]

The territory of what is now Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia from 1911. It was renamed Zambia on the occasion of its independence, in 1964. The new name of Zambia was derived from the Zambezi river […], which flows through the western region of the country and forms its southern border. […]

In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is headquartered in Lusaka. […] *

Not only this thriving economical development, which brings numberless changes to all levels of society, makes it interesting to observe life here in Zambia. The nature of this country’s people – more than 70 different tribes! – who are exceptionally welcoming, hospitable, warm-hearted, open-minded and interested, makes it a joy to venture out, meet with and getting to know them.

From these enriching personal experiences, I derived the idea for this project. I feel an urge to share the stories that I am confronted with and give people a voice, who seldom have that chance.

As this is a private project, the amount of resources my partners and I can dedicate to it vary and are probably never close to satisfying a professional level of quality and sophistication and will unequivocally lead to a slower release of new films than we wish for, but I hope that I can build at least a small collection of portraits and thus paint an authentic picture of what Zambian lives are like.

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