We believe free access to information is a human right.

1 billion people are unable to read and write and more than half of the world's population lacks access to the internet. This means that for millions of people across the world free, reliable, information is simply not available.

To combat unequal access to information THE WHY produces & donates documentaries to underserved countries and distributes them on a sliding fee scale to other broadcasters around the world.

Founded in 2004 by documentary visionaries Mette Hoffmann Meyer (former head of documentaries at DR) and Nick Fraser (founder of BBC's documentary strand Storyville), THE WHY encapsulate their vision of making investigative documentaries available to everyone, everywhere. 

Engaging our extensive network of broadcasters, filmmakers and journalists, THE WHY now reaches more than 200 countries and territories with over 70 television broadcasters, local non-profit organizations and schools. By securing access to informative documentary films for everyone, we encourage global critical debate on pressing human rights and environmental issues.



Film camera as a symbol of producing documentaries about human rights.

We produce informative documentaries which focus on human rights issues around the world.


Hand with lightbulb distributing documentaries to the world.

We distribute our documentaries to over 70 local broadcasters, nonprofit organizations, schools, museums & galleries across 191 countries. 


Speech bubbles depicting local languages versions of documentaries.

We create local language versions of our documentaries & supplementary educational materials.

Where we are

THE WHY works with partners across the world to extend free access to information for everyone.

World map of media outreach.


Reliable information through documentaries about human rights to the world.

We secure free access to reliable information for 600 million people across 191 countries around the world.

Two debaters symbolizing critical thinking on pressing human rights and environmental issues.

We inspire critical thinking and debate on pressing human rights and environmental issues.

Broadcast tower and public media showing documentaries in developing countries.

We support public media in developing countries by donating films to broadcasters around the world.

To find out more about our impact download the individual impact reports for each project below

Who we are

Nina Möger Bengtsson board member the why foundation.

Nina Möger Bengtsson

Board member

Mette Walsted Vestergaard board member the why foundation.

Mette Walsted Vestergaard

Board member

Kirstine Damkjær


Randi Bach Poulsen chair person of the board the why foundation.

Randi Bach Poulsen

Chair Person of the Board

François Zimeray board member the why foundation.

François Zimeray

Board member

Camilla Nielsson board member the why foundation.

Camilla Nielsson

Board member

Mette Hoffmann Meyer CEO of the why foundation.

Mette Hoffmann Meyer

CEO / Executive Producer

Mette Hoffmann Meyer

CEO / Executive Producer

Merete Monberg

ASK WHY? Docs Project Manager

Jan Laursen

Office Manager

Cecilie Fernández

Project Officer

Siri Johnsen

Outreach Coordinator

Jonatan Jerichow

Why Freedom Producer

Stig Bilde


Rachel Sheary

Communications Coordinator

Mathilde Kirstein


Martin Lange

Video Editor and Media Manager

Felicia Elisabeth Jackson

Festival Director for THIS - Future Stories & Engagement

Lars Nørby Johansen

Business leader, expert in political science

Klara Grunning-Harris


Alex Gibney

Film Director and Producer

Ruby Chen

Co-founder and CEO, Cnex Foundation | CHINA

Nagieb Khaja

Director and Journalist

Olafur Eliasson


Connie Hedegaard

Former European Commissioner for Climate Action

Geralyn White Dreyfous

Academy Award winning producer I USA producer

Ally Derks

Co-founder of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and documentary films curator l GERMANY

Sigal Yehuda

Founder & Executive Director of Close-Up, an organisation dedicated to mitigating conflict through documentary filmmaking I ARABIC films

Nick Fraser

Senior Executive & Founding Member | UK and World

Wagner Moura

Actor, filmmaker, producer I BRAZIL

Mariza Matshaya

Producer and Founder of Queen of Film | SOUTH AFRICA

Jan Rofekamp

President & Ceo, Films Transit International | CANADA

Chris Hastings

Executive Producer and Editorial Manager, World Channel | USA

Claire Aguilar

Curator of Documentaries | USA and WORLD

Henrik Beha Pederson

Founder & CEO; Plastic Change | WHY PLASTIC? Advisor

Kristian Syberg

Associate Professor Roskilde University, MarinePlastic | WHY PLASTIC? Advisor

Sine Plambech

Researcher, Anthropologist and Film Director | WHY SLAVERY? Advisor





Funders and Donors

Program Partners

Pro Bono Partners

ProJect Advisors

With our Bronze Angel package you can support our organization with an annual donation and can expect reduced rates for the services of our consultants.

Silver Business Angels make a more modest contribution and receive our assistence with simple business issues in exchange.

Golden Business Angels make the biggest contribution. Either financially, in kind or sometimes both. In exchange for their support, they are rewarded with assistence on business issues, such as a footprint scan or a Trash hunt event for their customers.