photograph of Chip Duncan and Abdul Rahman Ramadhan

The Sound Man

In this new documentary, sixty-two-year old Kenyan sound engineer Abdul Rahman Ramadhan recounts his extraordinary and often heartbreaking career covering crisis zones throughout East Africa. During a generation of work with acclaimed photojournalist and Camerapix founder Mohamed Amin and others, Abdul has experienced and recorded the sounds of genocide, war, revolution, anarchy and famine in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda.

Produced by The Duncan Group and presented by sister company Thunder House Pictures, this short documentary was produced entirely “on spec.” Chip Duncan is the Producer/Director/Writer/Editor of The Sound Man. Duncan has written, produced and directed numerous documentaries for international distribution including several prime-time broadcast documentaries for PBS and the Mystic Lands series for Discovery Networks. Duncan’s feature film credentials include producing the 1996 Sundance Film Festival finalist Eden.

The Duncan Group team has a long-standing relationship with Nairobi-based Camerapix production company. The Sound Man was created with the cooperation of Camerapix and makes use of archival material from the Mohamed Amin Archive Collection as well as archival material from The Duncan Entertainment Group. All contemporary location photography for The Sound Man was shot by Chip Duncan and Nairobi-based videographer Moses Muiruri.

Duncan’s work as a photojournalist includes documentation of humanitarian missions in earthquake ravaged Haiti, post-earthquake Pakistan, war-torn Afghanistan, IDP camps in Darfur, food security in Ethiopia and detailed documentation of the failed Burmese heath care system. In addition to production of The Sound Man, Duncan has spent several years documenting the two largest slums in Nairobi - Kibera and Mathare.

Bob Huck from The Duncan Entertainment Group is the post production supervisor for the film and Randy Bobo from Independent Studios is in charge of sound design and mix.

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