People and their stories have always been my inspiration, earlier in painting, later in filmmaking. As a child, I loved listening to the stories of the "grown- ups": under the shade of the trees, eagerly following my aunts at the central village laundry; "picking up" my uncle late at night from the bars — because that's where the most exciting stories hovered, just waiting to be captured by me.
I have now been capturing stories in my work as an author and director for over twenty years. It is the everyday stories of the "real people" that interest me the most. I interweave these with the explosive social-historical context that points far beyond their individual fate. The small reveals the great. Trust and respect are the keys to getting close to my protagonists. I offer them time and the necessary space to tell about their fragility, complexity and humanity.