Ken Fero (born 1961) is a UK documentary filmmaker, political activist and co-founder of production company Migrant Media.
Fero, born in Malta, is a filmmaker, activist and educator. His career began in the Fine Arts where he produced experimental art films including Porte Di Roma (1985) for the Arts Council. He was a founding member of Migrant Media, where he produced a number of hard-hitting documentaries for BBC Television and Channel 4 examining issues of racism and resistance, including Germany - The Other Story (1991), winner of a Platform Europe Award, and Sweet France (1992), which won a Mentione Speciale at the Images du Monde Arabe, Paris, and the Milano Province Prize 5th Festival of African Cinema.
He has campaigned on issues of policing and human rights abuses in Europe and the resistance to them and directed and produced the radical and controversial cinema documentary Injustice (2001), which has won many awards, including Best Documentary - BFM London Film Festival 2002 and Best Documentary (Human Rights) - One World Film Festival 2003. Critically acclaimed, the film gained widespread press coverage across national and international channels including CNN. Injustice has been screened at more than 70 film festivals around the world, winning several awards, and Fero has travelled with the film across Europe, the US and the Middle East. A major screening of the film took place at the European Parliament, where Fero spoke. The impact of the film led to the reform of investigative and legal processes relating to custodial deaths. Much of his production work continues to be screened on a regular basis and maintains a good public profile, including recent articles in The Guardian.
Fero has directed a number of documentary films around social injustice and ethnic minority issues including commissions for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky TV. He is also Senior Lecturer of Media Production at Coventry University's Department of Media as well as Lecturer at RSDFM (Regent's School of Drama, Film and Media) at Regent's University London, and Visiting Lecturer on the MA in Documentary Practice at Brunel University and a Visiting research Fellow at Goldsmith's College in the Centre for Cultural Studies. He also delivers lectures internationally.
His background in Fine Art and time-based work has recently led to research interest in the practice of a "documentary of force" by engaging in experimental reimaging practices and an essayistic approach that are clearly non-realistic, manipulative and anti-narrative. He recently produced a short exploring this approach Land Memory People (5mins/2013), which had its premier at the Lanchester Art Gallery.
Fero was founding member of Migrant Media, an independent media collective which undertook production, training and exhibition schemes supported by the London Arts Board, UNESCO, Hackney Education Authority, Commission of the European Communities, British Film Institute, Trust for London, London Film & Video Development Agency and the Arts Council. He organised conferences and Film Festivals at the National Film Theatre and continues to present work at conferences, most recently at "Marx at The Movies" at Lancaster University. He recently established the Documentary Film Production Workshops that assists local people to produce short documentaries.
- Po Po (2013/25minutes) - Director/Producer
- Who Polices the Police? (2012/52minutes) - Director/Producer
- Newspeak (2011/25minutes) - Director
- Defeat of the Champion (2011/25minutes) - Director
- Injustice (2001/98minutes) - Director/Producer
- Justice Denied/Justice for Joy (1995/50minutes) - Director/Producer
- Tasting Freedom (1994/50minutes) - Director/Producer
- Sweet France (1992/50minutes) - Director
- After the Storm (1992/25minutes) - Director/Producer
- Britain's Black Legacy (1991/45minutes) - Director
- Germany: The Other Story (1991/30minutes) - Director
Reviews and interviews
- "The Stephen Lawrence case and another Injustice", The Guardian
- "Filming Injustice - An interview with Ken Fero", The Multicultural Politic
- "Deaths in Police Custody", The Guardian
- "State Violence Exposed", Socialist Review
- "Injustice aims to rock the system", BBC News
- "My Tears Will Catch Them", Sight and Sound