Sam's Interview with UNICEF Voices of Youth
Name: Sam Chegini
Title of your video: The Cops Don't Know
What 3 words describe you best?
Creative, hard working, passionate
Tell us about your video – what is it about?
Everyday African-Americans may lose their lives in the hands of the police in the USA for no reason. The Cops Don’t Know is basically a reminder to people that black lives matter. Based on the documentary films, videos, and articles, the Cops Don't Know reviews all the painful cases when the innocent people got killed by the police, asking this question that if black lives matter, why the police do not know? It’s made to remind us we do starve for more love, peace and justice on our planet earth more than any time in the history of humanity.
What motivated you to create this video?
I always care about certain subjects in my works, such as peace, love, and imagination. When I first received the music track from our great producer Chris Porter, I couldn’t stop imagining the scenes. Powerful music by Jakko Jakszyk along with a powerful lyrics by Sir Lenny Henry, a fantastic combination, I couldn’t resist, I drew the storyboard and replied immediately that it’s going to be a great video for sure.
Why do you think it is important for young people to make videos and to produce other types of media?
I believe young people can change the world with their ideas. Maybe they have a more fearless point of view at things comparing to someone who has spent his/her lifetime in the career. So the messages behind these videos/films/any other type of media can be more truthful and important. They are more emotional and pure. It can be used as a good reference to look back to. A mirror of the world today or sometimes the other way round and completely imaginary. A path to follow or a path to create. After all, these are the voices of the next generation who are going to live on this planet and shape the future of our world. We should bold their messages and add some volume to their voices so people who need to hear them can listen and their messages can be heard for a better world. Governments and those who are in power must trust the young people and hear their voice.
Who inspires you?
Everyone and everything can inspire me in a way at certain points. Sometimes even a bad film which has some good parts in it can inspire me. From the singing birds on the trees to the poor man passing the streets looking for a bread to eat, everyone and everything can be a peer of inspiration for me.
Are you familiar with the Global Goals? Which is more important ? Why?
I am familiar with Global Goals. I've had cooperation with UN in my country when I was younger. I know particularly about WFP and UN-Habitat and their goals. To me, Climate Change is the most important goal. And to answer why: Because it's real! And we only have one and only one planet earth! We better protect it.
Read more about PLURAL+ here.
Workshop with Teachers
Sam held a one day workshop at Alzahra Art School for Girls regarding animation to share his experiments with the Art Teachers of Qazvin.
In this 1:30 hour workshop Sam's latest film, The Cops Don't Know was screened along his earlier titles such as Traveller (2012).
NEW VIDEO: THE COPS DON'T KNOW
Sam has been busy promoting his new music video lately. Since we haven't posted the video here we thought to update the blog with the great news on the latest Video Sam has directed.
Here's Sam's message about his new video "The Cops Don't Know"
"It is my great pleasure to announce our collaboration with Made In Soho records on Sir Lenny Henry's "The Cops Don't Know" official animated music video. The video is exclusively premiered on the prestigious Classic Rock Magazine's website and is also available on YouTube. I feel very honored and fortunate to have had the chance to collaborate with legendary artists , Sir Lenny Henry and Jakko Jakszyk and our wonderful producer, great Chris Porter, on this project. I would like to thank everyone who collaborated with us in the making of this Music Video from the wonderful Music Department to the animation cast and crew, Made In Soho records and everyone who helped us to make this video happen.
Let us remember those who have lost their lives in brutal unfair events all over the world from any background and ethnics and let us wish for more love, peace and justice on our planet earth, for which we do starve these days, more than anytime in the history of humanity.
The Cops Don't Know won the UNAOC Plural+ 2016 "FERA-LUCERO" Award earlier this week.
It's being premiered in London on September 1, 2016 at the grand opening party of the Portobello International Film Festival. And short after that, "The Smalls Film Festival" will screen the video at the festival, which will take place from 2nd September until 7th September 2016 at Hackney House, 25 – 27 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3LT.
So don't miss the wonderful festivals if you're close! and stay tuned for more news soon!
The Children's Film Festival Seattle
The Cops Don't Know is invited to be screened at the Children's Film Festival Seattle in January 2017.
The festival has invited Sam to screen his latest film, The Cops Don't Know following it's success in the Plural+ 2016 Youth Video Festival .
More information can be found at The Children Film Festival website here
The Children's Film Festival Seattle
Elizabeth Shepherd, Director at the Children's Film Festival Seattle on The Cops Don't Know which will be screened at the Festival January 2017:
" Thank you Sam, for your powerful visual storytelling. I really believe in the power of your generation to make the world a better place.. I have hope because of films like yours."
Elizabeth Shepherd, Director, The Children's Film Festival Seattle ©
Sam's workshop about Creativity in Arts
Sam held a workshop for the Students of Jahad-e-Daneshgahi University, Qazvin Branch about Creativity in the Arts.
During this one and a half hour workshop Sam screened his early films such as "A Spaceman Came Traveling", "Traveller" and his latest music video for Sir Lenny Henry, The Cops Don't Know.
Along with the screening of the titles Sam showed the Behind the scenes footages of the videos with original drawings and paintings which have been used in the mentioned titles.
Sam joins the MANUS team for a play
MANUS, a play about the refugees being imprisoned at MANUS island directed by Nazanin Sahamizadeh is going on stage at Ghashghaee salon, the Tehran City Theatre these days. Sam is co-operating with the team as video-artist working on the video maps for the play.
IMAGE OF THE YEAR FILM FESTIVAL
Sam will be present at the 14th Image of the Year Film Festival with two films.
"The Cops Don't Know" as director and "Paper Cinema" directed by Javad Atashbari as Editor and Animator.
The Cops Don't Know will be premiered at the Iranian Artists Forum on Feb 28, 2017 from 10 am to 17:30 pm local time.
And the Paper Cinema will be screened at the same place on March 3, 2017 18 pm local time.
Sam won the Image of the Year
Sam won Jury's special prize for the Cops Don't Know video at the 14th Image of the Year film festival 2016-2017.
This Thursday (March 10) Iranian filmmaker Sam Chegini won a prestigious national award at the Image of The Year (TASSVIR) Film Festival in Tehran. The surprising subject of his animated music video (made for British artist Lenny Henry) is racial injustice in the United States and the film is a part Iranian tribute to
the Black Lives Matter movement. The video shows several conflicts between
the U.S. police and African Americans and ends with a general message of
peace. This content is considered 'approved' by the Iranian government and
the BLM movement viewed as a just cause in Iran.
The video is called "The Cops Don't Know" (2016) and was produced by
Chris Porter. It won the "Jury Special Prize" and was handed out by
Iranian directors Kamal Tabrizi, Mohsen Amiryousefi and Houman Behmanesh.
The film festival is held by Seifollah Samadian from TASSVIR Magazine.
The Cops Don't Know on youtube:
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