I was born and raised in France, in a small town called Roubaix. My parents came from North Africa Algeria. It was a French colony for 130 years .Because of the war they both left the country in 1957 and migrated to France . I was born in the north France .I knew at the young age that I wanted to be an counselor and I also knew that I love telling stories. I became a counselor and practice in France for eight years. In 1991 I move to the United states in Chicago. I taught French and waited table. In 1998,I moved to Portland, Oregon and went to to film school so I can start telling stories thru the lense.In 2010 I spend six month at Dignity Village, a Portland's city-sanctioned homeless campground ,where live 60 residents.Some of them share theirs stories.I was able to produce my first documentary.
In August 2015 I went to visit my family in France for a month. I went to the Jungle a refugee camp where 4000 peoples live in very poor conditions.I thought for a moment that I was in a third world country.No I was in the nord of France
I just could not believe it was in my home land .
It was very disturbing so I decide to do whatever I can to help and make a difference. While there I was one of the volunteer. I helped out the best I could with the limited ressources we had they were so grateful. it was so overwhelming I could not comprehend why as a civilize country we let the refugees live in these conditions. While there I had the opportunity to film and get some interview. I came back to Portland and started working on my project.
Shortly after there was a bombing in Paris . A lot of peoples unfortunately. It change France my country for ever. Similar attack have been going on around the world for decade now. The refugees so called migrant by the French government and the press sometime fled their homeland because of war and came to Europe to start a new life.What happen in Paris happen in Syria Irak Afghanistan Sudan and others countries around the world every day. Peoples fled theirs countries for theirs safety so they dont get killed .It take them years sometime to reach their destination lately Europe.Once they get there they still live in poor conditions like in the Jungle the refugee camp close to my home town in France , ressources are very limited.Our government seems to move very slowly. It is very disturbing to me.I wish I could do more so I decide to pray for Peace let help each others, accept each others for who we are, embrace each other's, our cultures ,our difference ,lets share our resources ,let have our political leaders have a round table so we can resolve our difference in a peaceful way. No more war no more violence no more pain and no more sufferings. Every day I pray Peace I visualize Peace I see Peace. I light candles for peace hoping that it will become a reality. .I just want to wake up tomorrow and feel the peace around the world.
I know that there is only so much I can do. But I believe I can make a change I am very concerned for the womans and the childrens living in the camps.
I am currently working on the short documentary about the Jungle (refugees camp}. Once it is completing I intend to raise some money so I can go back. I will once there will help the volunteers teams building proper house and help also with donations food educations.Anything that can help the refugees start their new life as humans being.
Also be theirs voice