Making Green Trees Yellow tells the story of two filmmakers from very different backgrounds and calls into question the ethics of the nonfiction film making.
Making Green Trees Yellow (In Progress) Feature, Reflexive Documentary | 60+ Mins.
Making Green Trees Yellow tells the story of two filmmakers from very different backgrounds and calls into question the ethics of the nonfiction film making. This film is a reflexive documentary that attempts to unpack the role of the director and explore power dynamics between maker and subject.
This film project was started in 2011 when I received funding to create a series of films in South Africa and Swaziland focused on stories of "success". However, before arriving in country, I agreed to mentor a Burundian refugee, who dreamed of becoming a filmmaker one day, during the production. However, as my crew and I learned more about this man and his unbelievable story of determination, we decided to turn the camera on him...
This film is still "in-progress" as the hope is to eventually bring Rheli to the United States to continue his journey.