Jan Nimmo started making films after she visited Ecuador and was a witness to a brutal attack on striking banana workers who were picketing the Los Alamos Plantation, owned by Ecuador's richest man, Alvaro Noboa. Her award winning documentaries, Bonita: Ugly Bananas (Ecuador) and Pura Vida (Costa Rica) from the Green Gold project have been screened and broadcast internationally. Her most recent documentary, The Road to Drumleman: Memories of the Argyll Colliery, is a tribute to workers closer to home. She is currently researching slow food and sustainable agriculture in the Sierra de Huelva, Spain and has just completed a field visit to Cameroon, filming banana workers’ testimonies in their homes and on the plantations. Both Bonita and Pura Vida have been used extensively as educational resources by teachers, lecturers and are recommended by campaign organisations such as Banana Link, Scottish Trade Union Congress and The Fair Trade Foundation.

Jan's film commissions include "Have Your Say" and "Making a Difference" both for Local Community Planning, Falkirk Council, "In the Same Boat" a film for parents with children with special educational needs (SEN Denny), "CTDU:It does what it says on the can" a participatory film with community activists in the Forth Valley. She has made video evaluations for BTCV and short promotional films for Picadero La Suerte and Casa Rural Los Llanos.

Jan carried out a video project at Glasgow Women's Library, "Documenting Trongate 109" which entailed gathering testimonies from a diverse range of women who used the library over the years, as well as documenting the library's physical environment. Some of the testimonies were edited and shown at Know How Mexico.

Chemical Application worker, Cameroon, Central Africa

Watch Jan's films on Vimeo or click on the film menu above to watch Jan's films via this webage or to learn more about each project.


To enquire about commissioning a film contact Jan.

Jan collaborates with Iñigo Garrido/OaksBark and together they offer video training workshop, including intensive hands on day sessions taking participants through the film process and the uploading films onto social media such as Facebook and Twitter - for more information visit OaksBark Training. Download training flyer.

Jan is a member of Glasgow film collective, Camcorder Guerrillas. Cacomistle Productions is the film and collaborative projects part of Jan's work.



The Scotsman "Me and Mine" by Billy BriggsThe Scotsman "Worst of the Bunch"

The Herald "Lifelines"

Dundee Courier "Bitter Fruit"

For Argyll "The Road to Drumleman - a lyrical documentary on brotherhood at Argyll Colliery Mining"

Variant Magazine "Chemical Cocktail"

Perspectives "Green Gold?"