Why Slavery? is a global public media project that encompasses 6 documentary films, 10 short films, educational materials, and significant outreach across 70+ broadcasters globally and through a unique network of civil society partners.

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Why Slavery is inspired by President of the United State Barack Obama’s 2012 Clinton Global Initiative speech, in which he said:

"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." - Barack Obama

Why Slavery? will premier in OCTOBER 2018.

Editorial Board


Klara Grunning-Harris
Chairperson of the Board

Emmy Award-winning Grunning-Harris is an international content, production, distribution, financing consultant and executive producer for film, TV and cross-media content. She is the commissioning editor for documentary features and TV-films at the Swedish Film Institute. She previously worked at the Danish Film Institute. Grunning-Harris has supported films like Queen of Versailles, Sepideh Reaching for the Stars, Ai WeiWei: The Fake Case, Concerning Violence, 1989, Palme and many more. Klara Grunning-Harris has 15 years of experience in international co-production, content and financing. 

Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser
Board Member
& Founding Member

Nick Fraser has been editing the BBC factual series Storyville since its inception in 1997. After graduating from Oxford University he worked as a reporter, television producer and editor. His publications include a biography of Eva Peron, ‘The Voice of Modern Hatred’, and ‘The Importance of Being Eton’. Storyville films have won more than two hundred awards, including four Oscars, a Sundance Grand Jury Prize and several Griersons, Emmys and Peabodys. 

Mette Hoffmann

Mette Hoffman Meyer
Board Member
& Founding Member

Mette Hoffman Meyer is current CEO of THE WHY FOUNDATION. Hoffmann Meyer is the former head of documentaries and co-productions at Denmark’s public service broadcasting cooperation, DR, and the former Editor of the factual series Documania on DR channel 2. Hoffman Meyer, helped finance films like the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, The Queen of Versailles, and the U.S.-Danish co-productions: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and the Sundance award winning film: The Red Chapel. She also spearheaded the projects Why Poverty? a series of eight films aired by 70 broadcasters, reaching more than 500 million people world wide.


Axel Arnö Commissioning Editor, SVT Kim Christiansen Documentaries & Co-productions, DR Sales Alan Hayling Editorial Director, Renegade Pictures Alex Cooke CEO, Renegade Picture