Filmmaker's Name: Amr Moustafa "Alexandrian"
Film Title: When we Listen (Mississippi premiere)
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
After losing all her family and being forced to leave the life she once knew, Amal sought refuge in Canada seeking safety, a chance to live again, and finding a place that she could once again call home. Since She can’t speak or understand English so she communicates through flash cards that someone had made for her.
But she loses her those card at the grocery store and she panics till the employees of the store helps her, Amal decided to start a new life and trust humans again, because sometimes all that we need is someone listen to us, not only with his/her ears but also with eyes and heart.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
Aren't every one of us wish to have someone to listen to our pain and our feelings and understand it without judging. When I moved to Canada and start to have a voice to say what I want without being afraid of getting killed or go to jail, I decided I'll live my dream and speak and let the whole world listen to me, since my English is not that Good I decided to use what I do the best, making films. Guess I was lucky to use a Syrian refugee to send the message of my film because of the current situation in Syria, so it was a perfect timing.
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
The last day of shooting was delayed until one of the cast members (Amelia) had delivered her baby. It was perfect timing as one of the scenes in the film featured a baby in it.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
I don't have a connection to Mississippi, But my goal is to screen my film all over the world, if I could change one person to be better or give warms in one person's heart then I succeed.
Anything else you’d like the audience to know about your film?
I want to apologize in advance if my film will make the audience cry, but I promise that my film will touch your heart. One more thing, because many people asked me after the screening if Amal is a real Syrian: No, Amal is a Canadian actress... but I'm happy that people believed my story.
Good luck and see you next year, hope to hear good news from you guys, hope you like my film!