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Theme: Creativity in times of confinement

This event occurred on
November 24, 2021
4:00pm - 4:30pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Santa Barbara, California
United States

Filmmaker Sam Kadi has been creating films under extreme conditions well before the Pandemic. His TEDxSantaBarbara talk spoke about how he created a film to capture the Syrian crisis without ever being able to travel to the country. In this conversation, we’ll explore how he’s managed to remain creative during a global lockdown and share some of the lessons learned.

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Sam Kadi

Sam Kadi is an award-winning filmmaker based in Santa Barbara, California. Kadi is the writer, director, and producer of the critically acclaimed feature drama THE CITIZEN, starring Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). THE CITIZEN received five awards on the international festival circuit before being released theatrically worldwide. The film was named among the "Best 10 Films of 2013" by Kadi’s recent award-winning documentary, LITTLE GANDHI, was an Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2017 Oscars. Kadi was invited to screen LITTLE GANDHI and to speak before U.S. Members of Congress, Members of the United Nations, Amnesty International, and the Canadian Parliament where Kadi met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Kadi is the producer of the upcoming feature animation film LAMYA’S POEM (60th Annecy Film Festival Official Selection - 2021). Kadi is a TEDx speaker and a member of the DGA, where he serves on the Guild Asian American committee.

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Santa Barbara, CA, United States