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.