If you take xenophobia, pour it in a single-bedroom cocktail glass, give it a gentle stir and finish it off with a squeeze of a fresh lemon that might turn out to not actually be a lemon at all - you get The Traveller
Sashen Naicker wrote this short gem that is The Traveller and we shot him over our set of questions.
There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Filmmaker Sashen Naicker is developing his latest project on Islamophobia in the US. In The Traveller he explores how the news media shapes and distorts the image of an entire community with sound bytes and over simplification of complex geo political issues. Yet in all the turmoil and conflict, the film reveals that no matter where we come from, or what our religion or skin color is, we all have more in common than we realize.
When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
Being able to tell a story that means something and can resonate with an audience. There is nothing more satisfying than having your work shown to an audience, and watching them being entertained, informed and starting a dialogue on a topic that may be outside their comfort zone.
Why this film?
Islamophobia is very real around the world especially in the US. It has affected people I know and care about. There is also a rise in fear of the “other” here in the UK and the US. I wanted to show people who watch The Traveller that we have more in common with each other and need to stop separating ourselves based on religion, skin color and ideology.
You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I’d love Joel Edgerton for Michael. Samuel L. Jackson for the Major. Stephen Lang for Dan. And off course myself as Tariq.
What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
Producing and completing the feature version of The Traveller. Get it into festivals and secure a distribution deal.
The Traveller will be part of our May’s lineup on CineShots 14.5. with part of the crew available for Q&A and chit-chat.
Make sure you get your tickets right HERE and we’ll see you Tuesday!