Beyond Borders: The Refugee MC Swat

MC Swat, famous Libyan rapper, is forced to flee his homeland when he tells the ugly truths about his country's leaders. He longs to end his odyssey as a refugee and settle in a peaceful place.

  • Matthew Millan
    Stronger than Bullets, We Win or We Die
  • Matthew Millan
    Stronger than Bullets, We Win or We Die
  • Matthew Millan
    Stronger than Bullets, We Win or We Die
  • Harold Millan
    Stronger than Bullets, We Win or We Die
  • Yusef Said aka MC Swat
    Key Cast
    We Win or We Die
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    War, Music, Political
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Italy, Libya
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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Director Biography - Matthew Millan

MATTHEW MILLAN boasts a truly unconventional background for a filmmaker. He graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz with a Physics degree, and worked as an engineer for several years. Finding this vocation wanting, he duly quit his job and co-founded 180 Films. Since then, he has built an impressive body of work that covers narratives, music videos and documentaries. His work has ushered him to many exotic places, from the snowy peaks of Ladakh, India to the lawless border towns of Northern Vietnam. When the uprising in Libya first erupted, he traveled there to witness the revolution firsthand. And what he saw inspired him to live in Benghazi for a year, and document its burgeoning music scene with Stronger than Bullets.
Since his completion of Stronger Than Bullets, Matthew has worked on a variety of ambitious projects. In 2016, Matthew collaborated with a former Congressman and a local Evangelical Church to create a series that builds a bridge of understanding between American Christians and Muslims. In 2017, he traveled with renowned journalist Micheal Kirtley first to coastal Morocco to document a music festival featuring an eclectic mix of top musicians from around the world, and then to the balmy shores of Togo to illuminate the ancient religion of Vodun through the eyes of a high priest. Recently Matthew filmed three women (One Brit and two Omani women) who walked 500 miles across the world's most barren desert; he is now working on turning their story into a feature-length documentary.
Matthew is also working on Beyond Borders, a globe-trotting adventure series that aims to take on the axioms that dominate civilization. The first ten episodes, with topics ranging from the refugee crisis to the myths that still endure in modern times, will be released later in 2019.

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