Pero

When Pero picked up pottery, he was fascinated by the process. It eventually evolved into a passion, an art that he’s slowly mastering. With every ounce of clay Pero throws on that wheel comes a world of unlimited possibilities for him. Now he’s making his way into the business world by creating beautiful pieces to sell in his community and beyond.

  • David Lotfi
    Director/DOP
  • David Lotfi
    Producer
  • David Lotfi
    Editor
  • Peter Bakhit
    Key Cast
    "Pero "
  • Joe Codrington
    Camera Operator
  • Pete Nawoichik
    Camera Operator
  • Maya Tadros
    Title Design
  • Epidemic Sounds
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Egypt
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - American University
Director Biography

Born in Egypt, and raised in Saudi Arabia, David grew up traveling across continents with his family until they established a life outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

A few years after moving to New England, David embarked on his own journey to Washington, DC, where he established his career as a refugee resettlement caseworker. David eventually enrolled at American University to get a master's in intercultural and international communication, with a focus on media and social discourse.

David's interest in photography and film flourished tremendously at American University. There he honed his style and developed an interest in the documentary form. As a photographer and filmmaker, he hopes to continue telling stories of immigrants in the United States and beyond, elevating stories of resilience, courage, and oftentimes, unimaginable creativity.

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Director Statement

A hobbyist turned storyteller, I strive to consistently use the power of my lens to elevate untold stories. I believe that documentary film can brilliantly facilitate human connection, whether as a craft that impacts social change or as an art that fervidly moves our emotions.