Ethno-Visual Narratives

I get asked often what kind of cinema do I make. Its neither here nor there, but in fact ethno-visual narratives. How can the visual language be pushed to become the Esperanto of the 21st Century with no translators necessary? That is the question, and although I don’t have all the answers yet, I know where I want the project(ions) to go.

An ethno-visual narrative is the name I call my films. 

Influenced equally by anthropology, literature, technology and film, all ethno-visual narratives have some commonalities:

1) Re-surfacing a tale/mythology/story from the past
2) Using ethnographic film techniques to document human relationships
3) Fuse the two (i.e., one from the past, one from the present shaping the future OR one documentary, one fiction forming the shape of an ethno-visual narrative)

Here's one example based on the 1,001 Nights and entitled "2015."

This multi-media project was shot in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Morocco documenting the Millennium Development Goals and funded jointly by the United Nations and the Arab Gulf Fund. For the first time, a philosophy of "development cinema" was used which not only recruited non-professional cast and crew for as many positions as possible but also paid each person at least their country's average monthly wage for each day that was worked. Shot at the the Great Pyramids, Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia was shot, in Thula, Yemen, one of the world's oldest villages, and in Casablanca on the ground's of one of the world's largest mosques, "2015: Millennium Development Goals" was produced with the hope that the MDGs will be accomplished by 2015.