Mapping Survival

Director: Nacho Corbella

USA, Chad, 2021



Be it in the field shooting, behind the desk editing or giving workshops throughout the Americas, Nacho Corbella is always helping tell powerful visual stories. His work been published by media organizations such as National Geographic, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine, El Pais and Univision.

Director's bio

This is the story of how a nomad in Chad, while advocating for the rights of her community, has become a leader in the fight against climate change and a voice for Indigenous people across the planet.
Against the wishes of tribal elders, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim’s mother made enormous sacrifices to send her daughters to school in the capital city of N’Djamena. They regularly returned to work the land with the nomads, learning their centuries-old culture, caring for cattle, and helping women and girls move from one settlement to another in search of water and good pasture.
Over the years, she observed Lake Chad, once one of the largest lakes in Africa, shrinking significantly and threatening the livelihoods and survival of more than 30 million residents.


Camera: Lucy Martens
Editor: Nacho Corbella
Sound: Mick Davie
Music: Nacho Corbella
Producer: Annie Griffiths