Georgia Scott – Co-director
Georgia is an experienced producer, director and editor. Her first documentary film, set in Kenya explored the threats facing a unique Swahili community on Lamu Island on the border with Somalia. Georgia graduated with a BA (hons) degree in Production Design from the University of the Arts, London in 2011. She went on to manage a product design company before setting up GroundTruth Productions with Sophia in 2012 and has since travelled across Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East making documentary films.
Sophia Scott – Co-director
Sophia is an experienced producer, director and cinematographer and has worked extensively as a self shooting camerawoman across the globe on projects for the BBC, UN, PBS, CBC, The New York Times and Human Rights Watch among others. After completing a foundation year at the European Film College in Denmark in 2002 she went on to study Documentary Film and Television graduating with a BA (Hons ) from the International Film School of Wales before moving to Kenya where she spent the first 6 years of her film career.
Sawsan Asfari – Producer
Sawsan Asfari is a British-Lebanese producer and executive producer. She is the Founder of UK-based Cocoon films, and is a partner in Louverture Films, both of which are committed to producing films addressing social justice, human rights and struggles for freedom. Sawsan has been involved in the production and co-production of several critically acclaimed and award-winning films, including Annemarie Jacir’s films Salt of this Sea (Cannes) Wajib (Toronto IFF) and When I Saw You (Berlin). Cocoon films' latest projects were the production of the documentary Tomorrow’s Freedom by Georgia and Sophia Scott , and the feature film The Teacher by Oscar nominated Farah Nabulsi. Sawsan is also co-founder of two education and civil society foundations: the Asfari Foundation and the Galilee Foundation.
Making The Film
Marwan Barghouti is an elected member of parliament and played a crucial role supporting the Oslo Peace Accords in the 90’s. In 2000 Marwan was a key figure in leading the second Intifada against the Israeli occupation. Two years into the Intifada, Marwan was arrested by Israel and accused of ordering terror attacks in Tel Aviv. After 1000 days of isolation and his court case, an Israeli civilian court convicted Marwan and sentenced him to 5 life sentences. Recent polls indicate that in the next Palestinian elections Barghouti could be elected as the next Palestinian leader - meaning Israel would be holding the Palestinian Leader behind bars.
The vehicle through which this story is told is the Barghouti family. Over the past 4 years, gaining exclusive access, we witnessed first hand the pressures that wife, Fadwa and their four children endure on a daily basis including prison visits and a 43 day long Hunger Strike led by Marwan from Solitary confinement. Fadwa is a powerful force for female empowerment and is a lawyer and member of the Fatah council. Fadwa has traveled the world campaigning for Marwan's release for over 2 decades.
Tomorrow’s Freedom captures a new call for Barghouti's freedom; by his family, human rights activists and key interviewees including Hannan Ashrawi (PLO founder in Ramallah), Lindsey Hilsum (International Editor Channel 4 news and the only western journalist to have interviewed Marwan from inside prison), Yossi Beilin (former Justice Minister of Israel and Simon Foreman (international lawyer appointed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union to monitor his trial in Tel Aviv). Combining unfolding events on the ground, in depth interviews and powerful archive spanning over 30 years - we see Marwan's evolution from activist to learned politician, uniting people and bringing hope to a flatlined peace process. If given a chance, could Barghouthi pave the way for an inclusive and democratic future and peace between Israel and Palestine?