15 years old, dirty-blonde hair, a slight slouch, blue or black clothes – that’s me, Nico Palesch. Or at least; that’s how I look. There are lots of things you could probably not tell by just looking at me: I’m half Canadian and half German, I’ve lived all over the world, in countries like Chile, the United States and Bangladesh, and right now I go to the International Nelson Mandela School, here in Berlin. Although I consider myself more German than Canadian I speak and write English far better than I do German, although I hope I have improved in my two year stay here in Germany.
Last year, when posed this question, I said that I would like to make a film set in a third world country, focusing on the daily hardships of living in such a country. This still holds true this year, as I would very much like to make a film set anywhere in Asia, in any country ranging from Saudi Arabia to China. The plot would focus on a family, or a wider community, and highlight some of the social issues and human rights inequalities still highly spread through the continent. The range of such issues is huge: they range from women’s rights, child labor, inacceptance of homosexuality, or family rights and traditions such as preventing divorce. The effect of these huge societal problems is often ignored when discussing this region, and often all we focus on are the problems or benefits involved with money, such as poverty or growing economies.
I myself would like to be the director of the movie. I tend to be very controlling of everything, and like to develop the bigger picture of projects, just as a director does. Unlike other positions in filmmaking the director is involved in almost all parts of the movie, and has a say or an opinion in almost everything. I enjoy bringing all of the separate elements of something together, and planning something from beginning to end. However, if this role was unavailable, one could always get me to be a critic of the movie.