Viviana Uriona was born in Pergamino (Province of Buenos Aires) in 1973. She has lived in Germany since 1996. She graduated in political science, studying first at the University of Cologne, later at the Free University of Berlin. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Potsdam in 2020 with a thesis on social movements and free radio in Latin America. She was engaged in the free radio scene, both in Germany and in transnational projects. Uriona is a former Rosa Luxemburg Foundation fellow. She was a member of Attac Germany and chairwoman of Attac’s Council. During the G8-Protests (2009/Kopenhagen) she managed the mediacenter and produced radio features. Until 2011 she was a member of the board of the federal Association of Free Radios (BFR). She is a member of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE). She is engaged in the free radio scene, both in Germany and in transnational projects. // Selected publications: // „Argentinien: Kampf um die Gegenhegemonie in der Mediendemokratie“ In: L. Gabriel/H. Berger „Lateinamerikas Demokratien im Umbruch“ Mandelbaum Verlag, Wien 2010 // „Moralische Ökonomie und solidarische Wirtschaften in der argentinischen Gesellschaft“ In: E. Altvater/N. Sekler (Hg.) Solidarische Ökonomie. Reader des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats von Attac, Hamburg 2006. // Selected radio reports: //„Demonstrationsrecht in Deutschland – ein politisches und menschenrechtliches Feld“ //„Bildung als Menschenrecht in Argentinien: Die Bleistifte schreiben weiter“
Mark Uriona was born in 1975. He learned how to walk in Mozambique and was raised in East Germany. During an exchange year in the U.S.A., a very special person lent him an old Nikomat that he has never given back. Uriona went nuts on photography. But he did not believe that it could earn any bread.
He studied law and worked as a research consultant for a member of the German federal parliament. He came to write speeches, essays, newspaper articles, and has learned the business of politics, which he has never come to like.
With Chris Fischer he founded the “Kameradists” in 2011. Uriona was a member of the editorial staff of the “Prague Spring Magazine”, has worked for “Geo Season”, the project “Bosnian voices” and the Helmholtz Association and is publishing a selection of his photographs on www.kameradist-wagner.de
Jobina Diez, born 1996 in Bremen, lives, studies, and has been working in Berlin since 2016. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin with the ethnographic documentary movie “tany masina”. She created the movie in collaboration with “Atelier Donné Vy”, an arts and crafts workspace in Ankazobe-Alasora, an outlying district of Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo. The documetary provides insights into the workspace’s philosophy of work and life, and critically examines the concept of “development”. After several long-term stays in Madagascar, as well as a study visit to La Réunion, Jobina continues to focus on the Indian Ocean region at the intersection of film, research, and activism, and language politics in postcolonial social settings in her Master’s degree at Viadrina University. She joined Kameradist*innen in February 2021, where she has since been involved in various aspects of film production and organization.
Christina Schulze, born in 1991 in Rüdersdorf near Berlin. After school she wanted to see more of the world and went to Nicaragua as a volunteer for one year. Back in Germany she studied Cultural and Social Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Hamburg. Beside her passion for the cultures of Latin America she got involved with documentary filmmaking.
“Heute noch Besetzer?” (Still rebellious?) was her first documentary about the people who in the eighties occupied the “Hafenstrasse” in Hamburg which has become a symbol of leftist activism and resistance against gentrification. She worked at TIDE TV a community tv station as a trainee. She gained journalistic experience writing articles for the online news magazine amerika21 concerned with Latin America.
As a member of the first “140 Gramm Smartphone-Workshop” she got to know the Kameradists. She influenced the concept of the workshop and became part of the group to teach others.
Rebecca Ellis is a freelance international correspondent, writer, producer and content strategist with a background in investigative reporting, business accountability research, broadcast journalism, and translation/website localization. She obtained her M.S. degree in Journalism at Columbia University.Before that, she completed a graduate program in Media Communications at the Polytechnic University of Berlin in Germany, interned at Democracy Now!, and worked for six months as a senior research consultant in Mexico City. In 2009, she traveled to Chile to write her master’s thesis on the topic of dissenting news media in Chile during and after the Pinochet dictatorship.Rebecca is a strong proponent of media democracy, speaking truth to power, and narrative justice. She is fluent in German, Spanish and her native language, English.
Dr. Anne Blaudzun, born in 1976 in Rostock, studied history and sociology at the University of Rostock and received her Ph.D. (with research stays in England and Canada) with a dissertation on the British historian and philanthropist George P. Gooch (1873 to 1968) in 2011 as a scholarship holder of the DFG Research Training Group “Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship”. In addition to and after her studies Anne Blaudzun worked as a journalist for print and radio as well as a commercial copywriter. Since 2003, she participated in building up the free local radio LOHRO in Rostock and spent a year working as editorial director of the intercultural staff. Within LOHRO and until today she is the head of staff of the radio program “Rockzone”. [www.lohro.de/programm/sendungen/rockzone/] (Incidentally, she holds the Rolling Stones to be a world religion and occasionally works in town as DJ Dr. Titan.) Since 1999 she is an editor of the magazine for literature “RISSE” – a journal presenting contemporary literature from the German state of “Mecklenburg-Vormpommern”. [www.risse-mv.de] Anne works as a freelance copywriter. [www.anneblaudzun.de] // // Publikationen: Prinzipien historischer Wissensbildung. In: Nakath, D.; Stephan, G.-R. (Hg.): Entweder es geht demokratisch – oder es geht nicht. Schkeuditz: GNN Verlag, 2004, S. 151-156. / Blaudzun, A. et al. (Hg.): You Meet and You Talk. Rostock, 2009. / Germanophilie eines britischen Gelehrten: Der Historiker George Peabody Gooch (1873-1968). Rostock, Univ., Phil. Fak., Diss., 2011. / Kritik und Autor oder Literarisches Wutvergießen in Mecklenburg und Vorpommern. In: Gabler, J. (Hg.): Weiter Weg. Weimar; Rostock: Grünberg Verlag, 2014, S. 53-68. // Journalistische Arbeiten in Print und Hörfunk. / Diverse Rezensionen und Beiträge in der Literaturzeitschrift RISSE. [www.risse-mv.de]
Nora Wetzel was born in Kiel in 1979. After graduating in media design in 2002 she studied Spanish and Theatre on a one-year fellowship at the University of Havana (Cuba). Simultaneously, she worked as a production assistant, production manager and assistant editor within the film production company “PanEuropeanPictures” (Berlin). Since her master’s degree in 2010, she is working as a freelance filmmaker. Selected works: „world wide gap“ und „Zeig mir, wer du bist!“. // Filmographie (Auswahl): 2012: „Añoranza por ambos lados“ Dokumentarfilm – Recherche (Kolumbien) candelafilm / zuckerfilm / „Benedict“ Kurzfilm – Aufnahmeleitung (Berlin) 908 // 2011: „Sachamanta“, Dokumentarfilm – Dramaturgie, Schnitt (Argentinien / Berlin) Kameradisten / „Naked Slug“ & „Robots“ Musikvideos – Regie, Schnitt (Berlin) The Major Pins // 2010: „Uno que viene Otro que va“, Dokumentarfilm – Regie (Havanna / Miami) candelafilm.
Chris (“Doc”) Fischer, left the group of the “Kameradisten” with new plans in spring 2013. We wish all the best to him and we thank him from our hearts for the work he has done. (born in 1975. He served an apprenticeship as an electronics engineer at Siemens. He studied physics and computer science. Fischer is an experienced “computer doctor.” Most recently, he provided IT support for a large German software company. He has experience in fashion photography and film technology, is an avid photographer, is a co-founder of the “Kameradists”.)
Jan Gerritzen worked with us until 2016, was born in 1979 on the edge of the basin of the Ruhr in Western Germany. Between 1999 and 2007, he studied law and philosophy in Berlin, Shanghai, Bordeaux and Florence. In 2007 he received an MA in documentary film at the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires, working as director, cameraman, producer and sound engineer on numerous documentary projects including the International Student Film Festival and the National Library of Buenos Aires. Together with Iván López Tomé he founded nezfilms and realized the interview archive “Heimat hat keinen Plural”.