Main Participant & Cinematographer
Mediha was an integral part of the making of the Mediha documentary. She filmed herself and her family for three years, bringing the audience into the most authentic telling of her story. She’s brave and determined beyond her years and has become an advocate for her community. She has the potential to help other Yazidi women and girls in very similar circumstances, and we believe that she, a Yazidi survivor herself, is the best person to do this.
Annelise is a documentary photographer and photojournalist—with a MSc in International Development—focusing on issues of migration and post-war refugee situations. She partners with organizations in refugee camps worldwide on communications campaigns. She has also worked for CNN, History Channel, Discovery, and the E.W. Scripps Foundation.
Stephen has produced dozens of films, including The Sessions and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and is on
the board of numerous non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth.
Jason is a Peabody-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. He produced and directed 2022’s Eternal Spring, the first documentary to represent Canada as its Official Submission to the Oscars® for Best International Feature. A SIMA Award Winner and nominee at both the IDA Documentary Awards and Annie Awards, Jason is CEO of Toronto-based Lofty Sky Entertainment.
Emma is a British actress, screenwriter, producer, activist, author and comedian. She is a recipient of two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, a British Academy Television Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. She is particularly active in human rights work.
Fahrinisa is a multimedia reporter from New York City, a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and a Columbia Global Migration fellow who regularly reports from the US, Europe, Turkey, India, Jordan and Iraq. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Guardian, NPR, PRX The World, Al Jazeera English, Vox, Slate, AJ+, BBC and CNN.
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a film finance and production company founded in 2006 by Dugdale and his filmmaking partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance and production and spearheads the company’s relationships with its worldwide community of financial partners.
Håkan Karlsson is a Swedish editor and producer known for The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, he owns the post production company, People In The Park.
Director & Producer
Hasan is coming off his directorial debut with his feature film, Higher Love, which won nine international festival awards in 2020, including the Slamdance Grand Jury award. His previous project in the Middle East was National Geographic’s Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.
Alexander is a filmmaker and journalist who has worked for National Geographic, CNN, Channel 4, Peacock, A+E, Showtime, Lionsgate, History Channel, Scripps News, Goldcrest Films. A Columbia DuPont Award recipient for Excellence in Investigative Reporting, and most recently with Hasan Oswald, produced Higher Love, which won the Grand Jury Award at Slamdance Film Festival 2020.
Joyce is a producer of feature films and documentaries. She is founder of Pierpoline Films and known for producing the award-winning cult classic Teeth. Past production credits include The Transfiguration (Premiere Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival), Angelica (Premiere Berlinale) and Happy Tears (Premiere Berlinale). She serves on the Executive Board of New York Women in Film and Television and on the board of BAFTA North American were she is Chair of the Film Committee.
Virtual Reality Developer
Joe Mecca is an XR (virtual reality) producer and developer with a background in travel, media and humanitarian productions. He owns and operates a virtual/augmented reality studio between Brooklyn, New York, & Bologna, Italy, that develops programming tools, cross-cultural productions and enterprise software.
"XR allow us to Democratize experience, and this project will put the audience in front of people they would otherwise never meet."