SIL VAN DER WOERD
NOISIA - MANTRA
2016 / 4:09 min
MANTRA chronicles the dangerous obstacles refugees FACE on their journeys to reach safer harbors
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ABOUT THE SHOOT
Except 2 of the 3 dancers and the 2 cops, all the characters in the video are portrayed by actual REFUGEES. • The refugees PICTURED fled from Afghanistan, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria. Some fled from wars, others had economic reasons. • All the refugees spent some part of their journey on a boat. Some 'only' a few hours, others as long as 7 days. Often without enough water and food. • The video was shot on Arri Alexa, the underwater scenes were shot on 5D MarkIII. In the Netherlands we filmed 1 day in an indoor pool and in the back of a moving truck. The rest of the video was filmed with a mini crew for 4 days in Sicily. • The night boat scenes were filmed in a special pool where dangerous situations are recreated. We asked 9 refugees to go back on a boat. But this time the waves were only 1 meter tall, the water was warm and there were security divers in the water. • The REST of the video was filmed in Sicily. Refugees who arrived AT or were brought to Lampedusa were often sent on to Porto Empedocle, and then to the village Siculiana, where they would stay 1 to 4 weeks before being relocated. In the first hour of filming in Sicily we were stopped 5 times by different kinds of police and the army. The next day, our Italian producer arranged a meeting with the local major and We got permissions to shoot practically ANYwhere. • The refugees surprised us with their willingness and positivity while recreating some of the intense parts of their journey. • The ruined apartment in the opening is part of an abandoned 7 story hotel which was never finished. It had been abandoned for 20 years and is now the kingdom of many pigeons. Several rooms were covered in pigeon droppings and several dead pigeons. • We shared several dinners with the refugees. They would share their stories which were often daggers to the heart. They were often mixed with stories of joy. • The painting featured in the video is made by Syrian refugee Khattar Shaheen, who is also seen in the video. Khattar is an artist who currently lives in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The painting is for sale. All proceeds will go to Khattar. • Syrian migrant Anwar Manlasadoon, who also appears in the video, has his own column titled ‘Anwar burgert in’ in Dutch newspaper de Gelderlander. • The tents that were used were donated to a nun who helps the refugees. • The video is produced by OAK MotionPictures and is funded by Vision Recordings and TAX videoclipfonds. • Angelo Schuurmans, executive producer of the video, had previously spent a month doing voluntary work, helping refugees out of the water in Greece. Angelo currently has a foundation that focuses on REFUGEE integration in the NetherlandS. • Besides all above, we lost and found 2 pieces of luggage, watched a big wildfire creep in to our apartment, and had to drop 1 location once we figured out it lay right next to the house of the region’s mafia leader.
DIRECTOR SIL VAN DER WOERD • PRODUCER OAK MOTION PICTURES TRENT CHARLOTTE SCOTT-WILSON • LINE PRODUCER ANGELO SCHUURMANS GIUSEPPE CONTARIO • DIR. OF PHOTOGRAPHY EMO WEEMHOFF • CAMERA ASS'T FOCUS PULLER ALYSSA VAN VEEN • DATA HANDLER BOYD BAKEMA • GAFFER STAN WIDDERSHOVEN • BEST BOY HIDDE MUSKEE • FIRST AD ANDREJ KRAUS • PRODUCTION ASS'T DEMI PLETTENBURG ROBERTA CARUANA • ART DIRECTOR ROMKE FABER • ART ASS’T BART JOLING • MIGRANT COORDINATOR HAMDAN SUWEID • WARDROBE FLEUR ENDERBERG • DRESSER DAPHNE JONAS • CHOREOGRAPHY HOUSE OF MAKERS PETER LEUNG MATTHEW PAWLICKI-SINCLAIR • DANCERS JUERSSON HERMANUS SUZANA GOMES MOHAMED YUSUF BOSS • THANK YOU REFUGEES IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO MEET YOU AND AN HONOR TO WORK WITH YOU • RUNNER FEMKE DE BRUIJN • LOCATION GET WET MARITIEM BEN • CONCEPT SIL VAN DER WOERD • EDITING SIL VAN DER WOERD • COMPOSITING STORM POST PRODUCTION JACK KUIPER LUUK MEIJER • GRADE DAPHNE MAIERMA • MUSIC “MANTRA” • BY NOISIA • LABEL VISION RECORDINGS • WWW.NOISIA.NL • THANKS TO ELMAR NOTEBOOM • MADE WITH SUPPORT FROM TAX VIDEOCLIPFONDS
BEHIND THE SCENES
LIVE AT ARNHEMS DOEK
SCREENING OF MANTRA AT ARNHEMS DOEK, REMBRANDT THEATER. SYRIAN REFUGEES ANWAR MANLA SADOON, KHATTAR SHAHEEN AND KHALDOUN SHAHEEN - ALL SEEN IN THE VIDEO - ANSWERED AUDIENCE QUESTIONS.