coming soon:
Walking out of Lockdown Season 2


project overview --->

From a casual support mechanism came season 1 of “Walking out of Lockdown: What comes next?” podcast series, a collaboration by creative partners Mark Abouzeid and Sophie Beer, Real Lives NGO and freelancers, artists, artisans and social protagonists throughout Southern Europe and around the globe.
Season 2 will take the conversation on the road and into communities by travelling throughout Southern Europe, to produce vlogs, short films and podcast interviews of artisans, artists, change catalysts and underrepresented communities, capturing their experiences and inspiration for adaptation.
Partnering with the Institute of Ecotechnics, the project will build upon the Oral History Archives expanding the focus to include adaptation strategies of creatives/artisans, impact on climate sustainability, impact on immigration/mobility, new forms of racism (country of origin pandemic response), lifestyle changes as a result, and, oral histories at a time when elders are dying en mass.

Photo by Yohann LIBOT on Unsplash

Empowering underrepresented voices.

RealLives works with underrepresented individuals, communities and cultures.
We empower them to define stories that represent their experience, knowledge and issues.

Local Heroes

Artists, artisans and visionaries living life their way while impacting the lives they touch.

Culture Shock

What better way to strengthen cultural diversity than to express oneself differently?

For a Future

Adding voices to the ongoing debate in diversity, development, politics or climate change.

Real Lives is a not for profit, multicultural association established to produce, publish and distribute content that promotes global diversity, cultural heritage, planetary sustainability and human respect on a personal level.


peruvian crossroads peruvian rainforest workshop

“We work around the world to protect cultural heritage, build links between communities, raise awareness of pressing risks, and transmit traditional knowledge to future generations.” Sophie Beer, co-founder

Our projects are tools to promote a model of society that is based on respect for cultural diversity, biodiversity and local traditions; is in harmony with the environment; offers gratification both in quality of life and work; and aims to transmit this heritage to future generations.

It is a principle of Real Lives that funding be used exclusively for projects and the communities they serve. Therefore, the Association maintains a permanent team comprised of only the two co-Founders, Sophie Beer and Mark Abouzeid. They are supported by a network of partners, collaborators, volunteers, interns and members.

Voces Indigenàs (Peru)

“The project has an impact on the improvement of young cultural entrepreneurs, providing tools and resources for the creation of audiovisual proposal with new messages and different points of view about the world and life, and particularly, with Amazonians cultural manifestations and experiences.”

FELIX ANTONIO LOSSIO CHAVEZ, Ministry of Culture, General Director of Cultural Industries and Arts

Mediterranean Oral History Expeditions

“The cycle of reciprocity between human culture and the sea has been broken by the domination of extractive economics. The loss of generations of ecological knowledge and cultural practices that inform and cohere communities is accelerating year on year.”

KATHELIN GRAY, Director, Ecotechnics Maritime Llc and the Institute of Ecotechnics

Walking Out of Lockdown Podcast

“I was expecting people to come out of this lockdown with more intention of being creative and expressing themselves in some way. I felt like we were going to come out with much more humanity. And I found I found myself wrong on that.”

Cayetana Soto de Garcillan, founder, Los Pecos Mutantes

Mirrors and Windows Films

“Kids of all races and cultures need opportunities to see themselves in stories, as well as chances to see the world through other peoples’ eyes. A mirror is a person whose identity matches yours, and who can reflect your own experiences back to you. A window, on the other hand, offers children an opportunity to see into someone else’s experience of life.”

Katie Lear, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor