The Storm is a Canadian documentary directed by Ross Birchall.
Principal photography took place in rural areas of Eastern Africa, with stock footage filmed in other parts of Africa, parts of Indonesia, in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington, D.C. and Louisiana in the United States of America.
Home to just 12% of the worlds population, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 60% of all people living with HIV. Birchall journeys to Eastern Africa to investigate the true horror of living in countries beneath the poverty line, we realize the one thing that we share despite our many differences is the fact that we are all human. As such, our role is clear: to help each other. This is the story of a continent in disarray; how a storm of a different kind is affecting our world. This is Africa.
Filming in Africa
The Storm was filmed in High Definition on location in Eastern Africa from February to April, 2007. Crew set up production in several HIV/AIDS orphanages, rural health clinics and treatment centers, and slums, with footage featuring the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, with a population of some one million. Political and civil unrest posed a viable threat to the project, with featured cast and crew in a considerable amount of danger.
The soundtrack to the film features music by Brooklyn-based indie-rock band The National (band), Kuba Oms, Tim Wildsmith, as well as a partial original score by director Ross Birchall.