Filmed across three different continents
Commissioned by NBC and Telemundo
Every year, a growing number of people around the world leave their home countries in search of safety and a better life. The routes people take are often dangerous and uncertain, and stories of migrants going missing either during transit or once they reach their destination countries are widespread. For every missing person, there is a family left wondering whether their loved one survived the perilous journey. The International Committee of the Red Cross and NBC Left Field teamed up with freelance filmmaker and journalist Matthew Cassel to document the stories of five missing people from five different communities, across three different continents. These videos seek to piece together each missing person’s story through the lives of loved ones left behind.
Matthew is an independent documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist based in the Mediterranean region. In a career spanning more than 15 years, he has documented stories of people facing conflict and persecution in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and beyond. He works mainly as a one-person video crew, filming, producing and editing short and long-form news and documentary content for various publications.
“What I love about Matthew’s film is he took a subject that can be a bit old and put new life into it, and brought respect and dignity to his contributors, which allowed that story to be told better.”