Faisal Attrache is a writer, director and producer who strives to tell unique stories with a socially conscious message. His short docu-fiction film Hasta Siempre, Comandante (2016), made in Cuba under the tutelage of Abbas Kiarostami, won a Mention Spéciale du Jury at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France (2018). His short documentary Growing Home (2014) had its international premiere at the Sheffield DocFest, UK (2015) and was awarded Best Documentary Short Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival, US (2015). He received an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles (2014). Born in Swaida, Syria in 1988, Attrache grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently based in Berlin.
This week we discuss Identity of the self. We have filmmaker and documentarian, Faisal Attrache (Growing Home, The Lotus Gun) talks with us about finding the difference between your superficial and core identity along with how to find focus in a documentary subject, and locate a strong narrative to create a compelling story.
Includes great indie/alternative music from #Syria by Hello Psychaleppo!, Kulna Sawa, Omar Offendum, LaTalteh, Gene, Zein Al-Jundi, Joussour, Rasha Rizk, Ibrahim Souleimany, Itar Shameh, Mayada Bselis, Lena Chamamyan, Malek Jandali, Dima Orsho, Twais, Omar Souleyman.
The show also featured interviews with groundbreaking Directors whose films center on Syrian refugees at the Zaatari Camp in Jordan: Faisal Attrache ("Growing Home") and Zaid Baqaeen ("Hotel Zaatari"). (minute 52:00)
This Arabology podcast was recorded in Jordan in July 2016 and aired in California on August 11, 2016. It features new indie music from Jordan + interviews with Jordanian musicians as well as a slew of talented filmmakers. (minute 2:37:49)
Faisal Attrache, Syrian-American filmmaker and activist, joins us in studio to speak about his unique experiences making his documentary, "Growing Home", at the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Through the lens of a hyphenated-identity, at once insider and outsider, Faisal's point of view is illuminating to many of us disconnected from the pertinent refugee crisis that has become a reality for far too many Syrians. Once the cameras leave, refugees live in a state of perpetual limbo, yearning for a life beyond the food and shelter provided by international organizations.
Today we have a very unique guest, someone who is truly an inspiration to us all! Today we will be speaking to Faisal Attrache about finding your purpose and truly following your heart! We will be discussing his motivation behind continuously making films and how he followed his heart to be where is today!]