FIXER - FILMS
The Rabbi's Intifada - A Journey into the Neturei Karta Community
The Naturei Karta, literally the "Guardians of the City", is a Jewish Haredi religious group that calls for the dismantling of the State of Israel, believing that Jews are forbidden to have their own state until the coming of the Jewish Messiah. This belief has somewhat ironically put them in alliance with the Palestinians looking to create their own state and establish their own national identity.
Working with my friend, Heather Tenzer, a Jewish documentary film director based in New York, encompassed arranging interviews with leading Palestinian figures to understand the relationship between the Naturei Karta and the Palestinian people.
Heather Tenzer spent many years living in Palestine or working there, as a journalist and producer. Today, she is an award-winning filmmaker who produces, directs and edits documentaries, educational films, and other non-fiction work.
In her current project, The Rabbis' Intifada, she delves into the Neturei Karta community, which is usually closed to outside observers and not typically 'American.' There, she encounters a Judaism that most yeshivas don't teach.
Tenzer holds a Masters in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s from Oberlin College.
Palestine Underground, a Boiler Room Documentary
One of my favorite projects, Boiler Room's Palestine Underground premiered globally on November 13th, 2018. I enjoyed the fixing work I did because Boiler Room is all about the energy that emerges from music. Started with a webcam taped to a wall, Boiler Room broadcasted from a warehouse in London, opening a keyhole to the city’s underground. Boiler Room looks to do the same for cities around the world and being part of Ramallah's debut documentary.
The documentary reports on the resilience of a burgeoning music scene in Palestine bringing together hip hop, house, techno, electro, and experimental music artists in Ramallah for a full day concert on June 22nd, 2018. This was Boiler Room's first gig in Palestine.
UN Women Champions - Promoting Equal Access to Economic Opportunities and Decent Work in Palestine
ًWorking for women in Palestine and around the world has always been a priority for me. So when a project that promoted women entrepreneurship, I was very happy to help.
And working with Carlos Perez Osorio, a leading global photographer and documentary filmmaker from Mexico City, was a true learning experience. Carlos is currently working with Netflix.
Carlos came to Palestine to work with UN Women, a UN entity dedicated to promoting women equality and empowerment. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
In Palestine, UN Women contracted Carlos to produce a mini-documentary about UN Women's work in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. I was tasked with arranging interviews with the women involved and arrange production requirements for interviews in the Gaza Strip.
Carlos is a photographer and documentary filmmaker from Mexico City. He's currently working with Netflix in Mexico and directs SCOPIO, a production company that focuses on social documentary formats.
Carlos explores the connection that exists between individuals in adverse situations. This work led him to work on different development issues around the world in Mexico, Central America, Cuba, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Palestine, and most of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.