Fernando Sapelli :: Director

Born and raised in Brasil, I concluded part of my education in Ireland and Italy before moving to the United States to pursue a double BA in Film & Media Studies and Dramatic Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In Los Angeles, I worked in prestigious film and television companies like Leonardo diCaprio’s production company Appian Way and Sony Pictures Television, and directed/produced several productions. In 2010, I decided to follow my true passion and utilize my knowledge towards the benefit of those who needed, creating the independent and volunteer project People of Change. After traveling through over 16 countries for a period of 10 months, the documentaries were utilized as a fundraising tool and to increase volunteer awareness for the organizations. Currently, I’m producing, alongside Oscar nominee Hank Levine, the documentary “Exodus,” which depicts the current scenario of global human dislocation, chiefly refugees. I also work with internet and new technologies, and write about relevant social issues for Global Voices. I’m always looking for new opportunities to make a difference. @fernandosapelli

Member of People of Change since January 2010.

Fernando Sapelli's entries:

20 Day Stranger

One of the greatest things of recent technologies (especially the internet) is its power to bring people together. Some people might argue for the contrary, but if created for the right purposes, technology can be used to serve the people; not the other way around. From cell phones to computers, tablets to smart TVs, these mediums […]

The Cola Road

What if one of the most distributed products in the world could be turned into a distribution network of essential medicines? You can buy Coca-Cola virtually anywhere in developing countries, but in these same places 1 in 9 children die before their 5th birthday from simple, preventable causes like dehydration from diarrhea. This is a […]

POCket Docs :: Ateliê Sustenta Capão

One of the most difficult times for any social initiative, be it an organization, a company or a project, is the beginning. In the beginning, there are several challenges: finding the right partners, searching for the necessary investments, understanding the initiative’s essence, and mainly, finding motivation to keep fighting and believing. We know several people […]


Quarterly News :: April 2014

Another quarter, and yet, a full semester has gone by since we last shared our news. We started our fourth year committed to continue doing our work and, most importantly, in consolidating ourselves as a registered organization. There are several alternatives we’ve been considering, but essentially we’ve been focusing our time and energy on raising […]