FL Films makes current affairs and factual documentaries for a variety of renowned television channels. Broadcasters we work for include Al Jazeera and the BBC.
We're committed to quality journalism and filmmaking, and our aim is to give a voice to the people who cannot speak out for themselves. Our expertise accessing inhospitable places and working under extreme circumstances is all part of our dedication to make sure that these stories reach a wider audience.
FL Films works with a pool of quality camera-people, editors, journalists and fixers in different regions of the world. Our close relationships and contacts with locals and experts mean that the right team is always matched to the right film. And most importantly, that a genuine insight into a story is guaranteed.
Fernando Lucena has been working in the television industry since 2003. He started his career with Channel 4's Dispatches and after that with the BBC’s Current Affairs department, where he worked for This World, Panorama and Newsnight, amongst others; first as an undercover reporter and then as a Producer-Director.
Fernando has directed, presented and/or produced over 50 films on Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Europe. His work has aired on the BBC, Channel Four, Al Jazeera, AJ+, Vice, Vice News, Sky, MSNBC, France 24 and SIC Portugal, amongst other networks.
His background includes a few years working as a qualified lawyer in Peru. He then went on to complete an MA in International Journalism at London's City University and began his career in television.
In 2007 he set up FL Films, which makes factual and current affairs TV documentaries.
Through unprecedented access, an Al Jazeera film made by FL Films provided an exclusive insight into the character of Victor Carranza, the "Emerald Tsar" – probably the most powerful man in Colombia.
A three-part series filmed in Israel and Palestine in 2010 was nominated for the Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival.
Fernando is the only journalist to have met the leaders and filmed with the most lethal faction of Peru's Shining Path, in the Amazon jungle's "Emergency Zone" - work for which he was nominated to the prestigious AIB awards for investigative journalism.
He single-handedly conducted a year-long journalistic investigation into archaeological trafficking. His subsequent film and newspaper articles lead to the intervention of Interpol and the eventual repatriation to Peru of 120 million Euros on looted archaeological treasures.
Other topics brought to the screen by Fernando include armed conflicts, indigenous protests, immigration, "behind the scenes" coverage of electoral campaigns and extensive coverage of the "War on Drugs" - throughout the most dangerous hotspots of the illegal trade.