In summer 2016, Daniel will world premiere Live from Mogadishu (Somalia/ USA, 100 min), his first feature-length documentary film as director. The film tells how Somalia’s top hiphop group Waayaha Cusub overcame war, violent attacks, and bans to journey back to Somalia to run the historic Mogadishu Music Festival. The musicians wielded hiphop as an instrument of social change to persuade youth to turn away from extremism and help end the war. His second feature as director, Thunder Spiral (Bosnia/ Afghanistan/ Somalia/ Netherlands/ USA, 90 min), about how survivors cope with war post-traumatic stress, will premiere in the fall.
With Humanitarian Bazaar, Daniel also served as producer of the Mogadishu Music Festival (2013), producer of the Somali Sunrise Concert Tour for Peace (2012), and was co-producer of Sound Central Festival (2011), the world’s first “stealth” music festival which took place in Afghanistan. Beyond Humanitarian Bazaar, Daniel has also worked as a humanitarian aid worker, human rights researcher, documentary filmmaker, photographer, and writer, having served in Somalia, Kenya, Eastern Ukraine, Chechnya & Ingushetia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, and Bosnia, and on shorter assignments in Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Jordan, and Palestine. He’s produced videos for Humanitarian Bazaar, UNDP, the US State Department, Adeso Africa, and Oxfam International and published photos in Rolling Stone, CNN, Eurasianet, and in university exhibitions. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Matador Network, Humanitarian Bazaar Magazine, Eurasianet, the Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and other sources. Based in New York & Sarajevo, he’s currently available for filmmaking, global affairs consulting, and to conduct trainings. Check out his portfolio below! Contact him at Humanitarianbazaar@gmail.com. ====>