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.
We produce informative documentaries which focus on human rights issues around the world.
We distribute our documentaries to over 70 local broadcasters, nonprofit organizations, schools, museums & galleries across 191 countries.
We create local language versions of our documentaries & supplementary educational materials.
THE WHY works with partners across the world to extend free access to information for everyone.
We secure free access to reliable information for 600 million people across 191 countries around the world.
We inspire critical thinking and debate on pressing human rights and environmental issues.
We support public media in developing countries by donating films to broadcasters around the world.