Asian Cinema Fund 2018
2018 Script Development Fund Projects
|Project||De Facto (Working Title)|
De Facto (working title) follows the element of water, in its three states, as it acts as a curse on three different women who face human trafficking and displacement in a politically complex Levant: one woman who must be smuggled through the tunnel to Gaza; another who must flee from the refugee camp in Lebanon; and a woman who must swim away to Greece.
The subject of human trafficking and displacement has been taking place since long ago and the people of the Middle East have had their share of it. The three stories happening in the film are based on real events and stories, which I discovered by reading articles, watching documentaries and through research. Filmmaking has a very important role in documenting the current crisis, and as a filmmaker, I stand by this cause with big responsibilities. I therefore believe that this is a timely film, one that is able to stand together and unfold itself to the audience with the possibility of opening their eyes and hearts on the human experience of fleeing and hardship, and the need to leave one’s liminal space into a place where there is life and opportunity, regardless of nationality or race.