241. Otis Birdy “Jiyan”

Otis Birdy brought his remarkable directorial debut “Jiyan” to Film Invasion Los Angeles in 2020 and and took home a Programmer’s Award for his efforts.  Inspired by a true story that Otis personally experienced, “Jiyan (Life)” recounts the daily life of Nerol, a seventeen year old Syrian Kurd who arrives in Switzerland without his parents and must learn to live and adapt to a new world while his family remains trapped in a country being destroyed by a Civil War.

Thanks to the internet and video chat, I got to meet Otis and do a Q&A with him at FILA 2021 and I always knew that I would want to talk to him in an episode of this podcast.  I’m so glad that it happened.

To learn more about Otis and his work, go to Otisbirdy.com and for his film visit jiyan-film.ch.

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