GENIUSES AND LEADERS:

ROOTS AND FRUITS

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A 12-episode international documentary series made of two parts:

ROOTS

Somewhere in time and space, an anonymous child with a seemingly vulgar future is born. Somehow, that child goes on to become the leader of a powerful nation, a record-breaking athlete, an otherworldly gifted musician, an icon of social change, or the author of a culturally-defining movement. What are the factors that take a person from a position of anonymity to that of shaper of History? Who and what has inspired them? What were the life-defining events, the supporting figures, the miles treaded, the challenges turned lessons, that made them who they are? The first part of this 12-episode documentary series explores in the first-person the invisible structures that, in one way or another, have supported our leaders’ and geniuses’ climb into becoming some of the most respected voices of our world. 

BECOMING
BLESSING OR CURSE?
FRUITS

What is it like to be born in the shadow of a giant? To be the inescapable bearer of a legacy that is shared with Humanity? To what extent does an ancestor’s prominence define who we are? Is it a door to a life full of opportunities? Or an unfair limitation to the merit one can ever be given? The second part of this documentary series steps into the shoes of the descendants of great figures from the past in order to shed some light on what it is like to carry the weight of an eminent name, focusing particularly on how they have managed to find their own voices under the beam of (a relative’s) spotlight.

DISTRIBUTION

Geniuses and Leaders: Roots and Fruits is due to be broadcasted in 2021 by RTP, which is the public service broadcasting company of Portugal (it is the Portuguese equivalent of the BBC in the UK). This includes the territories in which RTP International is broadcasted, which include Europe, Africa, South America, North America, Macao and East Timor.

It is also one of our main goals to get the series to other international broadcasters, as we have done with previous international series like 2077 - 20 Seconds to The Future, which has been sold to air in the USA, UK, Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, Germany, Thailand, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, South Korea, Turkey, Uruguay and China. In the case of Geniuses and Leaders, we will also invest heavily in getting the series to streaming services.

 
 

INTERVIEWEES

ROOTS

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photography
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music
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sports
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literature
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physics
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art
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economy
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entrepreneurship
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culinary
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space exploration
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futurism
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media
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education

FRUITS

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Gandhi
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Freud
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Cousteau
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Picasso
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Mandela
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Churchill
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Sagan
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Chaplin
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Kurosawa
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King
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Heyerdahl
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Annan
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Niemeyer
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Schumacher

Please note that these lists may be subject to change

WHO WE ARE

PANAVIDEO 

Is a Lisbon-based production company specialized in the production of documentaries, with over 30 years of experience.

We have recently produced the international series on the future of Humanity 2077 - 10 Seconds to the Future, featuring personalities like Theoretical Physicist, Michio Kaku, the Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, Nick Bostrom and the Secretary-General of United Nations, António Guterres.

 

The series was the winner of the 37th International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary 2018.

To watch our documentary portfolio, go to:

https://vimeopro.com/panavideo/geniuses-and-leaders

Password: genius123

(If you wish to watch a full documentary, just ask our producer to provide it)

THE TEAM

Is the journalist and award-winning writer developing this project, with twenty-five years of experience in those fields. She is also the founder of IM Magazine, an international digital magazine that covers the best things in the world for a better world. For 10 years, she has interviewed global change-makers to share their stories, visions and solutions for global problems.

ANA TERESA SILVA

EDGAR FERREIRA

Is an award-winning film director with work in several areas of filmmaking like advertising, music videos and documentary. With the participation in many film festivals worldwide, the experience of over 20 years in film directing and all the knowledge gathered along the way, he is currently focused on producing work that can make a diference and promote reflection about the major themes of today.

 
 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact our Producer

 

MAFALDA ALMEIDA

mafalda.almeida@panavideo.pt

+351 917367663

Where to find us:

Av. Infante Dom Henrique 332, Edificio 2, 1 Esq.

1800-224, Lisboa

Portugal

We would like to thank

Embassy of Portugal in Pretoria

Embassy of Portugal in the United Kingdom

Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C.

Prof. Ricardo Zozimo