The Seinoli Legal Centre (SLC) leverages the Rule of Law as a tool for protecting, restoring, and enhancing the sustainable livelihoods of local communities. Our mission is to provide communities affected by large development projects with sustained, comprehensive access to the law to safeguard social, economic, and environmental rights. Our comprehensive and unique approach combines strategic litigation, advocacy, and capacity building of both our local client communities and the local legal system.

Project/ Job Summary

Seinoli is looking for a professional filmmaker or film production company to produce a documentary film, which will document the environmental, social, and economic impacts of large water infrastructure projects on the local communities in Lesotho. The intention is to draw attention to the human rights violations which marginalized communities endure as a sacrifice for the economic growth of their country, to influence policy, and to secure better development outcomes for the community.

The foundation of the documentary will be on the LHWP-affected communities in both Phase I and II and showcase the impacts in both phases and draw lessons that should inform the implementation process and development of policies for the anticipated Lesotho Botswana Water Transfer Scheme. The entire film production which includes filming, editing, voicing/narration, etc. should be done by the film expert, delivering a final ready-to-air product in broadcast standards and in HD technology format 16:9. The entire development and production process will be closely monitored by Seinoli and will provide a continuous review, comments, and thematic inputs support when needed.

Key Responsibilities/ Main duties

Seinoli has already produced three film pieces in the two project areas, where the LHWP phase II is currently being implemented, and in Makhaleng where the new L-BWT scheme will be implemented. Two more film pieces are expected to be shot and all five short films merged together in one 45min-1 hour documentary, with voiceovers and English subtitles. In order to achieve this, the selected individual or company is required to carry out the following:

• Visit the selected project sites and interact with the local communities/beneficiaries who have been impacted by the project.

• Submit a storyboard and script for the documentary.

• A detailed timeline and work plan should be submitted. A detailed budget and shooting schedule (pre-production, production, and post-production should be provided upon contract signing.

• Perform appropriate video filming and shoot interviews with the projects’ beneficiaries and stakeholders, and produce high-quality project still photographs.

• Incorporate all five film pieces into one final documentary film of about 45 min-1 hour. 

• Add relevant audio-visual material such as background music and scenic videos shot during production or which have been sourced from public domains but acknowledge sources.

• Deliver the final products through a cloud storage platform; final files will include completed videos in MP4 format and open files (raw project files) and photographs in JPEG format.


The duration of the entire project is expected to take 40 working days from the date of signing. This includes 10 days of the actual shooting in Mokhotlong and Katse respectively. The editing period will be one month, which involves editing of the two films and compiling all five films into one documentary of about 45min- 1 hour.

Key deliverables:

1 documentary of about 45min-1 hour with voice-overs, English subtitles, aerial shots, and still pictures.

Interested individuals or companies should submit a technical and financial proposal in relation to the terms of reference indicating their interest and providing the following information and documents

1. Detailed Company profile

2. More than 5 years of experience working in the film industry or a similar field. 

3. Submit a portfolio consisting of documented work experience in the area of film/reportage/documentary writing, producing, directing and editing, and photography.

4. References indicating collaboration and work with non-governmental organizations.


Provide a detailed breakdown of all estimated costs, including estimated days of shooting, production team, days of editing, travel costs, music, and total cost for the final product. Please note that no additional payments will be made outside of the total budget.

Expression of interest by individuals or companies should be submitted via email to by the 2nd of June 2023. Applications must be submitted in PDF.