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My Love (Initial Episodes) 2004

Love. What is it anyway? I decided to find out what the people of New York can share about how they understand Love. Of course, there is no way words can express what Love is, it can only be felt, but I decided to seek out anyone who can articulate it. After all, if one truly experienced Love, I mean truly truly, then he/she can simply close the eyes, and while browsing the imagination, articulate it verbally. This project was shot on the streets of NYC in June through August of 2004 in a “chain-reaction” style, meaning – some of the interviewees became interview hosts to interview others, making this project multi-dimensional.

The Truth Is…

The Truth Is… project was launched in April 2004. It began in NYC, following by Holland, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, London, Israel, Egypt, many US States and Canada.

What is the truth? And why is everyone searching for it? Why is the truth painful, at times? This international film project portrays the views of thousands of people around the world, who were spontaneously approached and asked a simple question, “What is the Truth for you?”

They held a painting frame as if in a portrait and spoke their inner truths. The outcome shows the contrasts in how each person sees what truth is.

Friends or Money (New York) 2004

Renat Zarbailov converses with people of all walks of life about whether they would rather have a lot of friends or a lot of money. This short film was shot in the Times Square in April 2004.

What’s Missing in Humanity (2003)

What is one thing missing in humanity that can improve the quality of life for all humans of the world? This gorilla-style documentary explores this question by approaching over a hundred people on the streets of New York city. This film was initially shot on the Halloween day of 2003 in the Greenwich Village part of Manhattan, and later in the Times Square.

Why People Lie (New York 2003)

One late night I was returning home by subway when I spotted Mo, who told me that he recently came out of jail. My question to him was “Why People Lie?”. A couple sitting on the same bench joined the discussion about why people lie.