I believe in stories told with purpose. Stories that are living and powerful. As a filmmaker, I want to share the experiences of people and places otherwise unheard. The testimonies on this site of the young migrants from Africa are as heart wrenching as they are cinematic. Crossing jungles, deserts and seas, living through war, slavery, and sexual assault imprint psychological and physical stress no child should have to endure. Children and teens with no family and no possessions put everything on the line for a better life in Europe to pursue a dream, even if it's just a sliver of that dream. And once they arrive the battle continues with discrimination, abuse, and ever looming threat that it was all for nothing if they are shipped back to Africa.
Telling these types of stories is not only a passion of mine, something that feeds my heart and challenges my beliefs, but is also the type of story the world needs to see.
To me, there can be no great change, no progress, in the unification of humans, without empathy. Furthermore, without an emotional understanding of the lives of another person, how can we hope to care for them?
In my daily life in Los Angeles, I use storytelling, and therefor empathy, to sell the products of mega- corporations, TV shows for Hollywood executives, and to expand billion dollar film franchises. Using colors, light, textures, music, sounds, words, and magical moments captured at great pain and the cost of a small fortune, I have seen the power film has to move mountains. It is the greatest tool I possess.
Taking that same tool I hope to capture and craft the stories of these migrants and channel their experiences into the hearts of those that can create real change. Using their stories as a weapon to make a better world. That, to me, is the real purpose, and most powerful use of storytelling.