Richard Ladkani, an award-winning director and cinematographer, has worked on over fifty documentaries as well as dozens of TV commercials. On most of the films he directs, he is also responsible for the camerawork. His current feature-length documentary IVORY on the illegal ivory trade and the fight against elephant poachers and traffickers is no exception.
IVORY is by far the most challenging and dangerous film he was ever involved in. With over 120 shooting days in ten countries, spanning over 15 months, this film surpasses all prior productions in the stakes it raises, the sheer scale and its possible impact on audiences around the world.
Prior to IVORY, a selection of his most recent productions include Gas Monopoly, a feature-length investigative documentary on Europe’s dependence on gas from Russia, Jane’s Journey, a documentary on the life of primate researcher Dr. Jane Goodall, which he photographed, and which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards; Vatican – The Hidden World, a BBC/ NatGeo/ARD co-production; and The Devil’s Miner, (BR/Arte/PBS), a character-driven film about Bolivian mining children.
Richard Ladkani founded Malaika Pictures GmbH together with his wife Anita in early 2015. For more information on previous films, please visit www.richardladkani.com
Anita holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and studied film production at the New York Film School. She has worked with her husband Richard as Creative Producer and Production Manager on numerous of the above-mentioned films. On IVORY, she was responsible for production management, and also joined in as creative producer during the early stages of pre-production as well as production and post-production. IVORY, a 24/7 job, with very complex and unforeseeable shooting schedules on four continents, proved to be extremely challenging to manage, but in the end it all went according to plan. Prior to IVORY, Anita managed a multimedia team at the Munich based web agency H2O.Media and also free-lanced for commercial production companies like RadicalMedia and Edgeworx Studios in New York.