Anthropologist turned filmmaker Niobe Thompson is known to audiences around the world for his infectious fascination with the human journey, from our evolutionary origins to the present day. Niobe has a reputation for making his body into a living laboratory, bringing science to life in ways that delight, inspire, and sometimes shock his audiences.
While making the documentary The Perfect Runner, Niobe ran Canada’s 125-km Death Race as an experiment in human endurance. For The Great Human Odyssey, he learned to free-dive with Badjao nomads in a Philippine war zone. For the series Equus – Story of the Horse, Niobe rode with horse nomads in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, from the Arabian Desert to northern Siberia. Combining the roles of producer, director and on-screen host, Niobe has developed a unique style of adventure and science storytelling the Globe & Mail calls “indescribable, but brilliant.”
Niobe Thompson’s films have won seven Canadian Screen Awards, and is a three-time recipient of Canada’s highest honour for science and nature documentary, the Rob Stewart Award. A two-time Emmy Nominee, his 2019 short film Fast Horse (Dir. Alexandra Lazarowich) won a Special Jury Award at Sundance. Niobe directed the paired documentaries Memento Mori and Vital Bonds (CBC/NFB, Prod. Rosvitha Dransfeld), breaking new ground with the first-ever observational depiction of a family caught in the tragedy of sudden loss, making the fateful decision to donate their son’s organs. He is the founder and owner of the boutique production company Handful of Flims.