An Indian Professor of Photography and Cinematography, Shaison P. Ouseph has described the students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo as one of the best he had ever worked with in his career as a teacher.
Professor Ouseph who was in the College for empowerment training programme organized by the Student Union on Media, Journalism and Filmmaking observed that the College students are intelligent, capable and willing to learn during a short period.
“Intellectually your students are number one. Your students with two sessions, they can handle the camera very well. They could go into the creativity part of film making which is a difficult stage for some students. As a teacher, I am very happy with this kind of students,” he noted.
The internationally acclaimed documentary film maker, cameraman and photographer, who has to his credits as director of many documentaries and independent feature projects across the world and had been teaching short courses to students in countries like Srilanka, Nepals, and the Philippines ascribed the brilliant performances of the College students to a combination of nature and excellent environment which the college present to the students.
“I will say you are living in such a beautiful environment. The student interacts with themselves freely. For example, In India girls sits separately, they never speaks to each other, here you find them like brothers and sisters, they talk, they fight, what a lovely sight,” he observed.
He added that his coming to Nigeria and the College has really changed his opinion about the country and marveled about the level of development of infrastructure, quality of staff and students in the College.
He commended the College Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen for his visionary leadership in the College describing him as a man of creativity who knows what to do and exactly how to do it.
His word: “I have a high respect for that gentleman, the day I came I just interacted with him for just five minutes and from that interaction I could get that he is a man of creativity and he is man who knows what he has to do and how exactly how to do it and I am sure his presence has made a tremendous change for this College.”
Professor Ouseph indicated his willingness to collaborate with the College in training students in short term courses in Journalism, photography and film making where students will be given additional certificates before graduating from the College.
He added that such courses will further empower the students and enhance their marketability in while searching for jobs.
Shaison is a teacher and professor at XIC, St. Xavier’s college in Mumbai, India. He teaches film making at various places around the world. He is one of the directors at ‘Matrix of Learning’ in United States and has been featured in many national and international magazine, radio and video programmes.
Profesor Shaison P. Ouseph public service campaigns promote literacy, empowerment of women and action against child exploitation. They have won him many national and international accolades. Among the esteemed organizations that have bestowed awards and certificates on him for his work on social issues are the United Nations, the US Embassy, International Labour Organization and International Independent Film Awards.
Based in Mumbai, India, Shaison’s desire to work for the rights of the domestic workers and their issues has taken the form of documentary films. His videos on saving children in prostitution have been applauded by many. His commitment to making meaningful film was clearly seen with his video on the earthquake in Nepal.
He searches the world to find meaningful subjects, and his films have been appreciated by many. Films on the side effects of cancer treatment in Denmark, local classical music of Sweden, migrant issues in Australia, the Bali Spirit Festival in Indonesia and the work of a gifted healer in the United States are some of the subjects that Shaison has recently documented.
His latest films, ‘Baano’, the story of violence on women in India, and “Rescue” a heart touching story of women in Kenya, let people feel who Shaison really is. His upcoming feature film, “Sister Rani Maria,” is a true story of a Catholic nun who was murdered for empowering the tribal women and children in the remotest villages in India.
Recently, the International Independent Film Awards acknowledged his co-directed film “Playa Azul I Love You,” made with Dr. Serena Anderlini.
In February 2018, Shaison had the privilege of presenting at the successful International Youth Summit in Nepal. In March, he was in Nigeria where the World Institute for Peace on Sustainable Development recognized him as the World Icon of Media for Peace for 2017.
His association with International organizations, such as 100 Humanitarians, and the Life Story Library Foundation in the USA, is another milestone in his life. His work as a director for various commercial and non-commercial audio-visual projects has also been well recognized.
Shaison’s goal is to inspire young people and use films to share powerful human stories for the greater purpose.