ALONG MEKONG PRODUCTIONS:
In 1992 four journalists and filmmakers joined forces to produce the first documentary on the river Mekong from the source to the mouth. That is how Bernd Girrbach, Rolf Lambert, Manfred Linke and Elke Werry founded Along Mekong Productions (AMP). Today AMP conceives, develops, and produces documentaries and documentary series, mainly for the German Public Television and for ARTE, the European cultural channel. Over the years, the company got the reputation of being able to film without too many problems in "difficult" places such as Libya, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, lately in Myanmar. Issues range from ethnological and historical subjects to developmental affairs, and include culinary, cultural and subcultural topics.
ROLF LAMBERT studied political sciences and German literature, M.A.. Journalist. Author and director and since 1986, frequent traveller, works mainly abroad, with a special liking for Asia.
MANFRED LINKE studied political sciences, history and sociology at Heidelberg and Konstanz universities, M.A. Journalist. Special interest in historical subjects and archaeology. Manfred has also a good hand for AMP electronics and keeps the editing suite running.
PIA GRZESIAK realises films for public television since 2002. As a studied biologist, she is particularly found of themas in the field of sciences, nature, ecology and sustainability. She always looks for uncovering interesting people and stories.
MATHEWS ANTHONY AMBROSE grew up and finished school in Malaysia. Worked as a DJ in Kuala Lumpur, and since 1996 in film production, as editor. As a freelancer he lives now in Germany, regularly editing or making sound for AMP.
EMMANUELLE LAMBERT-WAGNER Studied sociology and ethnology in Aix-en-Provence and Strasbourg. Worked in Paris, New York, Athens and Berlin, where she freelanced as production manager for fashion stylists, designers, documentary filmmakers. Since 2000 web designer and blogger. At Along Mekong Emmanuelle takes care of web design, communications and recherche in French and helps out as production assistant.
BERND GIRRBACH studied political sciences and economics at Heidelberg university. Journalist. News editor, correspondent for agencies in West Africa, assigned as ARD radio correspondent to numerous locations in Africa, before he co-founded AMP. For 25 years we have made numerous films together. In summmer 2014 Bernd passed away while working in Turkey. His spirit remains alive within AMP.