Ari Beser Reel, 2019

The Nuclear Family, Witness

As we approach the 75th year since the worlds first nuclear attack, followed by the 10th anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, humanity still contemplates global security and energy. Have we learned the lessons from the only country to experience both nuclear war and meltdown? Ari Beser’s latest documentary explores this question through a uniquely personal approach. His own grandfather, Jacob Beser was the only man in the world to witness both atomic bombings from the B-29s that dropped them.

Thesis Documentary - American University

Semi-finalist - Student Academy Awards

Selected - Oaxaca Film Festival, New Industry

Global Online Peace Film Festival

Hibakusha Stories: Jong Kuen Lee

The Pain and Politics of Hiroshima

An Eerie Look Inside Japan's Nuclear Exclusion Zone | National Geographic

In Search of Undiscovered Insects

idea sold to cnn

Aysén, Patagonia

From the Archive

If you were to dig through National Geographic Society’s archives, it would take you a long time. There are about 12 million objects in the archives, and of those 12 million objects, nearly 8 million of them are images — 35mm slides, glass plate negatives, autochromes, deep-sea and microscopic illustrations, black and white prints, and more. Digging through those images is part of the job for National Geographic’s Senior Archivist, Sara Manco.

In this video — which was produced and directed by Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Fellow, Ari Beser — Manco explains more about the unparalleled archive that is housed by National Geographic. Manco leads the team that takes care of National Geographic Society’s historic collection. Appreciating archives and collections is not new for Manco. Back when she was 14 years old, she picked up her dad’s Minolta camera and nurtured a love for photography and photojournalism. Eventually she focused her career on cultural preservation, which is how she ended up at the National Geographic Society today.

Many of the photographs that Manco looks at have never even been published, Manco says, simply stored away in the archives. However, Manco and her team are currently digitizing many of those images. So far, only about 20 percent of the photography archive has been digitized, and Manco says she and her team have only barely touched the surface of what this entails. Even so, one thing is clear for Manco: Her role as an archivist is to share these photographs — that give us a glimpse of what life was like far before our time — with the public. One question lingers: What are the hidden stories that these photographs will tell her?

“We’re looking for those other stories now. Those other things that we had hidden here, and trying to bring that to the surface. I have a lot of work ahead of me.”

You can follow Ari Beser on Instagram @aribeser.

End nuclear weapons? Cut off their funding!

Reel, Ari Beser

ICAN Ban the Bomb

Hibakusha: The Nuclear Family Trailer

The story of survival: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A trailer for the upcoming 2015-2016 Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Grant Blogumentary

Agahozo-Shalom: A Place Where Tears Are Dried

This video was shown at the 2014 Stand Up & Be Counted events in NYC, Boston and Rwanda. It tells the story of the transformational change happening on the ground each and every day at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Filmed by me, Thank you to Jason Merrin for Briliantly editing the footage.

Agahozo-Shalom: Hope of the Future - Day of the African Child 2014

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is a holistic living, learning and healing community for 500 of the most vulnerable youth in Rwanda.  
For more information on Day of the African Child, and Hope of the Future Group, please visit.

Mwami Mana Music Video

Written and performed by Didier Muhire Produced by Blameless. Visit for lyrics and translation. 

Magoso Primary School - How to start a school

A story about a primary school started in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi Kenya. Listen to Lillian Wagalla, the founder of Magoso Primary school tell how she turned a one room classroom into a compound that houses and educates around 500 orphans from one of Africa's biggest slums. 

Umuco Mwiza

Umuco Mwiza means Good Culture. It is a Primary school founded in Kigali Rwanda. Marie Louise Kambenga, a Rwandan native, but Japanese Citizen, tells us about the expansion of the school, and its very special relationship with the country of Japan. 

Peace Boat Hibakusha Project - 80th Voyage Final Video

This is the story of the 6th Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World, a part of Peace Boat's 80th Voyage. These members participated in the voyage to share their stories of survival, and their goals for peace. This is a summary of their experience. 

The Greasy Hands - Willow B (Where Are We Going?)

Filmed and edited by Ari Beser

Time Lapse - A term in the life in Agahozo Shalom Youth Village.

A flip book of pictures from the last three months at Agahozo Shalom. 

ASYV-TV Episode 6

Hosted by Jean Luc and Ally. Culture Competition, Guests:  The Spouses Program of the African Development Bank.  New Mama from Rosa Parks Family. Students from Tufts University.

ASYV Welcomes Class of 2017

On December 28, 2013, Agahozo-Shalom welcomed the newest members of the ASYV family. 128 new students moved into the Village, met their ASYV family members, and began a life-altering journey. At ASYV, their rhythm of life will be restored, hope will be found, and a bright future will be cultivated.
For more information on the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, visit

Thank You For Giving Me Hope - Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Thank you very much is Murakoze Cyane in Kinyrwanda. 

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village Traditional Dance Troupe: Isheja

On Sunday, October 5th, ASYV’s traditional dance team, Isheja Dance Troupe, competed at the national level. Isheja has received notable acclaim over the past few years and has long been considered a fierce competitor throughout Rwanda. This year, Isheja won first place at the regional level and at their performance on Sunday placed them 4th in the country - an amazing accomplishment! Leading up to the national competition, the Isheja Troupe practiced three times per week at two-hour intervals. The drums that make up the beat seemed to be playing non-stop as supporters cheered on the dancers throughout every rehearsal. There are 50 dancers within Isheja, while only 20 perform at competitions. Among them are Senior 6 (12th grade) student Claudine Ingabire of the Julius Nyerere Family and Senior 5 (11th grade) student Peter Mugengana of the John Locke Family.  

Stand Up & Be Counted Rwanda 2014

ASYV class of 2013 Imbuto Graduation