About the Filmmakers

Ami Vitale

Director of Photography

Ami Vitale's journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 75 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time and Smithsonian. Her work has garnered multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photo, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie Awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and the Magazine Photographer of the Year Award, among many others.

Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic Magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is currently writing a book about the stories behind her images.

Ashima Narain


Ashima Narian is a wildlife and documentary photographer covering India and Asia. She has directed and shot two award winning wildlife documentaries, "In The Pink" and "The Last Dance." Both were aired on the Discovery Channel, and were nominated for a Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar.

She has been the recipient of the Commonwealth Photographer of the Year, the Ramnath Goenka Nature and Environment Photographer of the Year, the UK Environment Film Fellowship and the Best Asian Wildlife Documentary Award from the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.

Michael Davie


Armed with a global perspective and a burning desire to tell the difficult stories unfolding on the world stage, documentary filmmaker Michael Davie, is one of the freshest voices in documentary filmmaking today. His work includes films on child soldiers in Africa, war refugees in the Balkans, the plight of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the empowering impact of music in South African prisons and the effects of the Congo’s brutal civil war on both people and wildlife.

He is a regular contributor to National Geographic Television. Michael’s work has earned him multiple awards including two Emmys, the Overseas Press Club’s 66th Edward R. Murrow Award, a New York Film Festival Gold Medal and the AFI Best Director Award. He was also awarded the prestigious FIPA Human Rights award by the United Nations.

M. Sanjayan


M. Sanjayan is a scientist and global environmental leader. He holds a faculty research position at the University of Montana and is the Lead Scientist for the world's largest environmental organization, The Nature Conservancy. His research interests focus on exploring the nexus between conservation of nature and human well-being; wildlife ecology; and in environmental education.

His scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature, and Conservation Biology. He is a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and was recently named an influential alumnus (one of just 45) by UC Santa Cruz as part of their 45th anniversary celebrations. He is a program advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Sanjayan's efforts have received extensive media coverage from National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times to Delta Airlines Sky Magazine. In August 2010 Outside magazine published a feature profile on him. He is a frequent guest on NBC's Today Show and has appeared on the Letterman Show on CBS. He has been featured in numerous documentaries (BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet International) including Planet Earth: The Future and during top rated Shark Week. His most recent documentary, a series on energy he hosted and narrated (Powering the Future) aired last year on the Discovery Channel (US), and is now airing globally.

Sanjayan is a sought after speaker with recent appearances on stage at TED Global, International Women's Forum, Aspen Environment Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Clinton Global Initiative, and the Summit Series.

When not off on an expedition (Africa and Asia are the usual haunts), Sanjayan can be found fly-fishing in Western Montana, where he tries to live.

Sanjeev Chatterjee

Executive Producer

Sanjeev Chatterjee has been producing award winning documentary films for over 25 years. His work has taken him to over 30 countries where he has been involved in making documentaries or teaching students about documentary media making. He holds the rank of professor at the School of Communication, University of Miami.

Bangladesh: A Climate Trap is part of a larger project, One City, at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami. One City is a multifaceted documentary visual media project about the future of cities around the world. Chatterjee's responsibilities include commissioning, completion and distribution of the film. For a full bio, click here.