From inmates in the Philippines' largest maximum security prison to employees at a dwarf theme park in China, I have always been drawn to communities whose voices are seldom heard. For therein often lie powerful stories that reflect important issues facing society today - waiting to be told. Themes of prejudice, discrimination and morality intrigue me deeply. And I have developed the love of exploring their complexities through documentaries.
BUYING HAPPINESS is, without a doubt, my most personal and challenging film yet. The subjects are individuals who touched my life deeply 12 years ago. And whose courage continues to inspire me today. Their intimate stories humanise pressing global issues. Including the management of development aid valued at US$150 billion each year.
While it has taken me years to decide to make this film, I now believe that it has always been written in the stars. It has become my mission to help the orphans who changed my life when we met in 2004. And I'm humbled to be able to return the favour through my work as a filmmaker.