Mo and Me
Mo and Me (and me) Winner of Best Documentary at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. A film presentation by film-maker Robin Kewell on the anniversary of the death of one of the world`s most famous cameramen, Mohamed Amin (MBE) who, with over 122 other passengers, was killed when a hi-jacked Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed into the Indian Ocean on the 23rd November 1996. Robin worked with Mo for many years on projects in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Seychelles, Indian Ocean and UAE. From the day they met they became close friends and if Robin had not been working on another film at the time he would almost certainly have been on that same flight. This feature documentary has been made by Mo`s son Salim, and reveals some of the remarkable exploits of Mo`s colourful career in the news business. Robin will add some of his own experiences on filming trips. Mo became one of the most relied-upon African news photographers, reporting on wars and coups throughout the continent and his exclusive footage was used by Western news media. Amin`s most influential moment came when his photos, along with Michael Buerk`s reporting of the 1984 Ethiopian famine brought international attention to the crisis and eventually helped start the charity wave that resulted in Live Aid concerts. He was awarded the MBE for his services to Africa. Apart from the Ethiopian famine, he contributed exclusive film of the fall of Idi Amin and of Mengistu Haile Mariam, he was also author of numerous books, including Journey Through Pakistan, Pilgrimage to Mecca, and covered various themes like East African Wildlife and the Uganda Railway. In 1991 he lost his left arm (and sound recordist) when an ammunition dump exploded in Ethiopia during the Ethiopian Civil War, when Robin Kewell started working with him Mo called him his left hand man. Mo has been described by many as a charming rogue, who managed to get interviews with people as diverse as HRH Queen Elizabeth II to Idi Amin, he somehow managed to get the story and get himself in the right place at the right time and survived to tell the tale...that was until that fated flight when he and colleague, writer Brian Tetley lost their lives. At the memorial service held in London BBC`s Michael Buerk said to cameraman Robin Kewell, Mo had 9 lives, it is a pity you met him on his ninth.
1hr 40mins long