• Layout
    Linear Layout
    Grid Layout

Set in the labyrinth of a Rio favela, "Pacified" tells the story of Tati, a 10 year old trying to keep her drug addict mother out of trouble and Ze, just out of prison, trying to keep himself out of trouble. An unlikely friendship arises between them as they struggle to navigate their uncertain futures amid the intense social forces erupting inside and outside of their community. But will it be enough to keep Ze from the forces drawing him back into the drug trade?

Shot in Baghdad, Iraq a month after the fall of Saddam’s regime, this documentary takes a poignant and personal look at the war from the point of view of 6 Iraqi teenagers and their family’s caught in the middle. The documentary also highlights the efforts of a non-profit organization to bring the students to a "virtual" dialogue table with students from Connecticut, through the use of video conferencing and other cutting edge technologies.

"The road movie re-imagined as a subtle, insightful, funny critique of America's place in the world." - as described by a jury consisting of Actress/Filmmaker Joan Chen, New York Times film columnist Dave Kehr, and Los Angeles Magazine Senior Writer Amy Wallace.

“A road movie that probes the personal expressions of global shifts transforming Central Asia and the psyches of a group of road worn modern day caravaneers, stumbling through the pitfalls of their own human nature.” “Silk Road ala Turka” follows three Turkish photographers and an American filmmaker as they trace 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) of the Silk Road through six countries by camel caravan.

Paxton Winters

Writer - Director - Photojournalist