I’m passionate about our social environments and our fragile relationship to it, as well as with each other as members of our societies. My first documentary “The Sea In Me” was a journey into how the residents of a small fishing town were forced to deal with environmental challenges, urban planning issues, social inequality and economic disparity. These themes keep popping up in my scripted films as well, and hold center stage, both in my personal convictions as well as in my private life.
Coming from migrant parents, I’ve dealt with my fair share of cultural, social and economic challenges. Which is why I’ve supported (and continue to support) projects dealing with themes such as social inclusion, sustainability, regeneration and citizen initiatives.
Here are some examples from such projects:
The District book Series
Funded by the Austrian Federal Chancellery (I love saying that-makes it sound sooo official, even though they dished out only a portion of the total costs), the district book series (or Begegnungsorte in German) focuses on local cultural heritage and public space in Vienna (for now). We’re set to produce more, and kickstart an online magazine in early 2020. The episode below focuses on the Helmut-Zilk-Park and what it means for the locals; incidentally, I adore this park and take my kids there often.
The Open Heritage Series
OpenHeritage identifies and tests the best practices of adaptive heritage re-use in Europe. We created a series of case studies with Eutropian, to highlight the unique methods in which urban heritage sites have been revitalized for the common good. The videos are complete but not yet made public, check back in january to view!
URBACT-Gender Equal Cities
URBACT held a workshop in Vienna on gender equal urban planning: creating this video, and the online campaign made me realize how ignorant I was to the amount of work that goes to ensure we live in all-inclusive environments. Vienna is one of the most important cities in terms of gender equal urban planning so it was a perfect case study. The campaign consisted of an image film as well as a series of short, effective social media messages, all of which you can view below, or here in this album.
The Our Common City series
Citizen movements have been transforming local politics, as they enter city halls and initiate change. Activists from locally active movements convened in Budapest to exchange ideas and formulate strategies: we took the opportunity to create a series of videos out of the interviews we conducted. They’re not fully public as of yet, but here’s a sneak peak into one of them. Check back in January for the full album of 13 interviews and social media videos.