Telecommuting to Beirut
A few months ago, after returning from filming with Syrian refugees in Jordan, I attended a small Human Rights Watch event where I met Lama Fakih, the Syria and Lebanon researcher at the HRW Beirut offices. She gave a talk outlining her current projects, missions and goals. Both my colleague and I were floored by her intriguing stories, her tenacity, and her remarkable eloquence. Immediately, I knew she had to become part of 3 Generations’ End of Atrocity series, where leaders and activists share their vision for a world free of crimes against humanity.
Unfortunately, Lama’s trip to New York was short, and we didn’t have a chance to film her. However, I couldn’t let this opportunity get away. End of Atrocity needed an infusion from an energetic young person who is active in the fight against crimes against humanity.
Using my connections in Beirut, I found a camera crew, a producer, and set a time to interview Lama. I had no idea how this was going to work, but early in the morning on a Friday in late March, everything came together. My good friend and talented producer, Joe Mokbel, was on hand at the Human Rights Watch offices in Beirut and, despite Lebanon’s famously atrocious Internet, was able to video-call me using Skype. It was like I was there in the room. We did a 30 minute interview, the cameraman sent me the files via an online shared server, and we downloaded them here in New York to cut together what I think is a fantastic addition to our series.
Take a look at the result: a powerful two-minute video of Lama Fakih’s vision for a world without atrocity.
Thank you Lama, Joe, and the whole Beirut team.