LIFE THROUGH A LOOP

LIFE THROUGH A LOOP

LIFE THROUGH A LOOP

MOUNA MOUNAYER I WRITER I DIRECTOR I PRODUCER I WIFE and not necessarily in that order…

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THE FACE OF AFRICA

31 Jul 2011

THE FACE OF AFRICA

How often does a film-maker find a subject standing in an opportune ray of light?   I came across this man standing in the doorway of his blacksmith shop in the back streets of Marrakesh while filming the documentary Arabs: A Lost Identity.

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What to do when you can’t find the perfect location…

24 Jul 2011 4 Comments

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai

My film crew and I spent hours, on a day where the temperature soared to over 42 degrees centigrade, looking for the perfect shots to be used as B-roll in a documentary film on the Buddhists.  B-roll are usually general views shots that work well with more general narration, that is they are not specific to any one thing in the story. The shots were supposed to represent the birth of Buddha in his father’s palace in Nepal.  Since the budget did not stretch to filming in Nepal (only India and Thailand) I had to find a location that could work behind the story of the Buddha’s birth and the sumptuousness of his early life in his father’s kingdom.   After four hours of looking we spotted a Four Seasons Hotel nestled discreetly off the beaten path and as soon as we entered we realised that we found the birth place of Buddha.  Well at least for the purposes of our film.

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand. Location used in the documentary The Buddhists.

The Buddhists is part of the World Religions Series for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.  Written and directed by Mouna Mounayer.

The Face Of Egypt

23 Jul 2011

While walking through crowds coming out from Friday prayer in Cairo a few years ago, my cameraman and I spotted this beauty playing with her son and pointing and smiling at us.  In person she was breath-taking with eyes the colour of dark moss.  Finding such a face in the crowd are some of my favourite moments as a film-maker.Egypt

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