Interviews

Disclaimer: Please note that most artists, filmmakers and authors presented by FCI are not native speakers of the English language. To avoid misinterpretation, it is FCI’s policy to print their responses as received without structural or content changes.

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In Conversation with Filmmakers

(“Siege”, 2016, Syria, Thaer Al Shamali) How did you learn about FCI film festival? From Film free Way website It was a beautiful opportunity to learn about your festival It is impressive that you have been able to put so …

(“The Switchman”, 2016, Iran, Mehdi Khoramian) How did you learn about FCI film festival? I got to know the FCI festival through the platform film free way. Do you currently live and work in Iran? I live in Iran. I …

(“Café 469”, 2006, Iran, Atefeh Khademolreza) How did you learn about FCI film festival? One of my filmmaker friends introduced me to it. You currently live in Canada. As a filmmaker are you still active in Iran as well? Is it even …

(“Gaza: A Gaping Wound”, 2015, Poland/Palestine, Anne Peq) What inspired you to make this film? During the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, 142 Palestinian families lost three or more members. While covering the events, photographer Anne Paq and …

(“Syria”, 2016, Belgium, Halla Nejm) What inspired you to make this film? Violence and crime of the modern age and their destructive effects, especially on women. What do you want American audiences to know about this film or about the …

(“Eyes in Qaah”, 2015, Syria, Tamim Kalash) What inspired you to make this film?  The songs of Katia and Fatima (The film’s main characters) embody the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and a decent life, as well as …

(“The way home” 2015, Sweden, Begonia Randhav) What inspired you to make this film?  My parents were refugees and I’ve worked a lot with unaccompanied refugee minors as well. It’s hard not to get affected by everything that’s happening in …

(“9956” 2016, Qatar, Zaki Hussain) What inspired you to make this film?  I love to poke fun in conventional screenwriting. I spend a lot of time watching cool mini-documentaries on Vimeo and realized that they have a certain structure. With …

(“NGO“,2016. Iraq/UK, Dr Sam Christie) What inspired you to make this film?  I have just returned from a three month stay in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, indeed, I’m officially a resident at the moment and am trying to go …

(“Voice of Valley”, 2015. Jordan, Leila Jarman) What inspired you to make this film? I was taking a sort of broad strokes Middle Eastern history class in my senior year of college and wanted to find a more direct and …

(“About Arif“, 2016. Turkey, Hasan Kalender) What inspired you to make this film?  When I was a kid, among my friends, I used to feel most close to a kid with Down Syndrome. People with Down Syndrome are not cunning; …

(“Tomorrow After Yesterday”, 2014. Iran, Behzad Moloud) What inspired you to make this film? I like making independent films, and I have been always looking for new and different ideas. ‘Tomorrow After Yesterday’ reflects all my experience in film production. …