Alen, the Refugee Prince
- Location: Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
- Aim: fundraising campaign for child war victims
- Role: idea, writing, locations and actors scouting, directing, camera, editing
- Client: UPP
Nothing would have happened.
To be frank, back in Italy, the NGO didn't quite understand what I wanted to do. However, fortunately for us all, someone in Iraq trusted me: without Sergio, and later Nader, nothing would have happened.
I wanted to offer a portrait of refugees, unlike the unfair mainstream media representations, which was true and yet also fantastical.
In the photo with Nader and Sergio, doing what I know best between takes, Alen is trying to help, as always.
Night brings good counsel
Three days before flying home, an idea came to me overnight: the Prince. The next day started with a casting session in the camp and I recall thinking: "Whoah! What the hell am I doing? I was doing this with models in proper studios not more than one month ago…"
Guerrilla at its best.
News of a ‘film’ being shot in the camp spread quickly. Before long many residents were involved and had a lot of fun. Three days of mayhem and enthusiasm like I’d never experienced before — guerrilla video-making at its best.
In the picture Alen and Mina are wearing the best GoPro head mount I could come up with.
The resulting video became the UPP spot for the national fundraising campaign supporting Iraqi and Syrian child war victims.