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Katja Kuivanen

Katja Kuivanen is a self-shooting producer, director and editor of documentary-style video content. She has an academic background in the social sciences, and transitioned to documentary storytelling on the back of a career in the international development- and humanitarian aid space. Katja has traveled to over 30 countries, and lived in 17, mostly around Sub-Saharan Africa. 

She recently co-directed two films in collaboration with award-winning OTOXO Productions in Barcelona, and has managed shoots, written copy and produced engaging short-form content used by organisations on social platforms and in media. She has a strong understanding of story and its importance from initial concept through to post-production, and an ability to connect with subjects whilst working hard to deliver high-value productions within tight deadlines, in challenging environments.

This video promotes the regular language-exchange events organised by the Open Cultural Center – a registered NPO active in both Spain and Greece, working towards the inclusion of refugees and migrants through educational and cultural activities.


This video showcases the construction of a shelter platform on a vessel for migrants rescued at sea. Produced in collaboration with Open Arms – a non-governmental organisation that protects those who try to reach Europe via the Mediterranean.


A meditation on the relationship between flour and water, the history of bread and its symbolic significance.


A charming portrait of the 78-year-old owner of a secret museum, and his collection of vintage sewing machines that connect him with strangers.


A group of parents and children come together to create a stronger community and safer cycling conditions in Barcelona. Can they pave the road to a safer and greener city?

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