Ali & Silvana (Bulgaria)
I was invited to direct a 90-minute movie entitled Ali and Silvana in 1993. The film was shot on location in Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast. The story follows the romance between a Muslim boy named Ali and an Orthodox Christian girl named Silvana. This truly was a contemporary Romeo and Juliet narrative that related many of the cultural clashes that face young people as families deal with tradition and change. An intense rehearsal schedule and twenty one days shooting on location was made easier by a very professional Bulgarian crew and translators. The relationships that developed however were of such depth and mutual respect that they led to some excellent performances. The film was released in cinemas in Bulgaria, aired on national TV and was distributed for TV worldwide.