Mikhail Sebastian is a stateless man who has been living in the United States for more than a decade-and-a-half.
In this video, he tells of the hardships he has faced and the importance of providing legal protections to stateless persons in the U.S.
Role: Principal Cinematography
Haiti's Rape Survivors
More than 18 months since an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, women and girls living in makeshift camps remain vulnerable
to sexual violence. 'Haiti’s Rape Survivors' follows a survivor of rape, Shirley Christoff, as she attempts to rebuild her life in a rundown informal
settlement in Port-au-Prince.
"In the past, I could buy three or four sacks of grain for what one sack would cost me today," says Silmani Baltazar,
a food vendor in Pétionville, Port-au-Prince. Since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in early 2010,
food prices have spiraled to record levels, forcing residents to cut back on meals and quality of food.
No More Victims: One Man's Fight for Injured Iraqi Children
Cole Miller is founder of the non-profit organization No More Victims.
Miller brings Iraqi children who've been injured as a direct result of US Forces to the United States
for medical treatment they're unable to receive in Iraq. View the stories of Omar, Salee, and Rusul, and
meet the American communities that have taken them in.
Role: Cinematography, Producer, Editor
Client: GRITtv with Laura Flanders
Iranian Musicians in Iraqi Kurdistan
In recent years, many Iranian musicians have left Iran in search of the freedom to create
without censorship or fear of punishment for their work. Some have ended up in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region, which is
known for its relative stability and security.
There they can perform and release music without having to get government approval, as musicians are required to do in Iran. (Correspondent Roxana Saberi)
Client: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Alek Wek's Journey Home
This July, supermodel Alek Wek -- the first African model to grace the cover of ELLE magazine --
returned to her native South Sudan to mark the fledgling nation's first anniversary, meet refugees and visit
UNHCR programs aimed at helping some of the hundreds of thousands of returnees rebuild their lives. This clip
highlights Alek's visit to Yusuf Batil refugee camp and the need for international support for refugees in South Sudan.
Alek's mini-documentary, covering the wide range of her poignant weeklong journey, will be premiered exclusively on Facebook
UNHCR Celebrates 60 Years
GOOD Magazine - 11 Spring Street Art Exhibit
A documentation of one of the most significant exhibitions of street art ever.
Artists from all over the world came to the vacant space at 11 Spring Street in NYC to plaster,
paint, solder, glue, and otherwise make their mark on the building before it was converted to condominiums.
When the space opened to the public for three days last December, tens of thousands of people lined up for blocks to enter.
Client: Good Magazine
From Baghdad to Brooklyn
At the height of the war in Iraq, thousands of Iraqis were fleeing the country each day.
Among them was Mohamed, a 23-year-old from Baghdad, whose strikingly Western appearance and
manner resulted in threats to his life. Forced into exile in Syria, Mohamed crosses path with Jennifer,
a freelance videojournalist from Brooklyn, New York, who begins to document his life as a refugee.
Drawn into the fantasy world he invents to escape his harsh reality, Jennifer forms a unique
friendship with Mohamed, embarking on a series of adventures around the city of Damascus. From
crashing presidential referendum parties to staging elaborate photo shoots in the old city, the
pair creates welcome distractions from the uncertainty of Mohamed’s situation.
Jennifer returns to Brooklyn, but can’t stop thinking about the new friend she left behind.
The line between journalist and subject is crossed as she becomes determined to help him start a new life.
Against the advice of her colleagues and loved ones, Jennifer goes back to Syria with a mission to get Mohamed asylum in a safe country.
What follows is a journey that proves to be more than either bargained for – as illusions are shattered,
a friendship is tested, and one man struggles to attain the 'American Dream.'