Producer and Screenwriter: Daniel W Smith (USA)
Daniel grew up on Long Island, New York, and in Japan. After graduating from Marquette University, he volunteered for military service. After deploying to Bosnia, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and Germany retired from US Army Special Forces in 2008. He then worked as a civilian operations planner at U.S. Africa
Command . Daniel graduated from George Mason University with an MFA in Poetry and the New York Film Academy with MFAs in Screenwriting and Producing. He has written seven screenplays and four documentary scripts. He has produced and completed three short films.
I am working on a Tahriib web series, and two more documentaries. The Roads of Exile, which examines Refugee and Migrant situation in Spain, and Kingpin. 27 Minutes at Son Tay. This documentary is about the raid into North Vietnam to rescue US prisoners of War, November 1970. I am revising a screenplay titled Arbakai, a story about a girl's school in Afghanistan that is under threat of destruction by the Taliban. Here are links
Roads was titled Gibraltar.
Tahriib is composed of an anthology of interviews with refugees, migrants, and peole who have worked with them. The desired overall impact of The Roads of Exile is to combat racism and intolerance as part of anti-refugee, immigrant, and Islamophobic trends in public opinion and government policy. Specifically, we want to reverse the 2016 trend in US public sentiment from humanitarian sympathy for refugees to national security anxiety over the refugee issue in both the US and EU and change the language of dehumanization surrounding refugees and migrants. Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks in 2016 and 2017 shifted public opinion about accepting refugees into the US. People became more concerned about national security, suspecting that refugees could quickly become radicalized and conduct even more terrorist attacks. Many people do not realize refugees are often direct victims of terrorist groups, criminal gangs, or oppressive regimes hence the reason they have fled their home countries. As mentioned previously, the The Roads of Exile stories aim to challenge the growing culture of fear in the US concerning refugees and migrants by creating empathy and underscoring our common ground. Then we want that newfound empathy to turn into action, asking more US voters to support refugees and migrants by improving US Federal policies and foreign aid to assist in the integration of refugees both in the US and the EU. By doing so, we can reduce the corrosive effect on our society of the instrumentalization of bigotry and xenophobia for political ends.
The best things were meeting and working with.
Rodolfo Colombarra and Valentina Corrado (filmmakers in Turin, Italy),
Una Voce, a group of musicians from Italy and West Africa,
And my cinematographer Pavilna Popovska,https://www.facebook.com/artstudiopopovski
Pvvy is my contact in Skopje, +389 77 572 368. She is interested in working with a Macedonian Production Comany to film Kopis.