After a sunny start and the rainy days that we really needed for our scenes, we now wish for a little warmth. You may not notice it in your daily activities, but it is so cold when you wait and our crew waits a lot.
The good news is that we are on schedule and doing fine. We are following the planning thanks to our diligent Assistant Director Saskia and the hardworking Production Team (Noemi, Annemarie and Asher). I'm not mentioning our director Farshad and our camera & sound team, because it is obvious that we don't have a film without them!
We have the most finest team ever! It's not easy to work on an experimental documentary on the street and in a cold weather. Specially when you don't exactly know what is going to happen next. But that is how we make this film and that is why we are grateful to our cast and crew for their patience, understanding and above all hard work.
In the mean time we MUST not forget our Roya, the person who the film is about. The person who tries to survive everyday in cold, rainy and lonely days. She is a symbol of every rejected refugee in the Netherlands, even Europe. With allowing us to film her story and follow her struggle to stay alive, she makes this film possible. But that is not all. By telling her story she stands for every refugee who is forgotten, every refugee who has no place in our nice and cozy homes. We wont forget them, do the same!
There are a lot of friends who help us during this journey and that makes everything even more beautiful. We stayed at my dearest friend, Fanny 's house when we were shooting at the Maria Heineken Square. She treated us with such a hospitality, our crew is still flurried by it.
And when we were desperately looking for a red coat and bag, Lovely Jacqueline immediately send us pictures of everything she has in red. Now we use her coat and bag in our film.
Absolutely dear friends and supporters like Cindy, Basema, Jan Jaap, Clement and Romke who play the police agents in our film and Roy, Marcel, Nathalie, Darifa, Karin and more to come, who participate in any way they can and help us enormously.
Dear friends, colleagues and relatives, I can't thank you enough!