Anders Hammer is a Norwegian filmmaker and journalist. Hammer has earlier lived in Afghanistan for six years, and written four books about the country in addition to making a number of documentaries from the ground there.
Hammer filmed and directed the documentary Do Not Split, which takes us within the heart of the Hong Kong democracy protests. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and received the Special Jury Prize at AFI DOCS, Special Jury Recognition for Courage under Fire at DOC NYC and won best cinematography at SIMA Awards. Do Not Split was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 2021.
Hammer directed the documentary series Our Allies from Syria and Iraq for Field of Vision. He also directed and produced Escape from Syria: Rania’s Odyssey, which was published by The Guardian and won a Webby Award and a One World Media Award for Best Refugee Reporting in 2018.
Hammer was one of the directors of the documentary Exit Afghanistan published by Netflix in 2016. He has directed eight documentaries for the Norwegian investigative journalism program NRK Brennpunkt. In Norway, where Hammer was born in 1977, he has received the Fritt Ord Award (which is given in support of freedom of expression), the International Reporter's Journalism Award and the Big Journalist Award.