Meet my main characters

I remember very well the first time I met my main characters, when I had this vague idea for a film project in my head and interviewed several potential candidates to sharpen my plans. I had coffee in a European Parliament bar with Anne-Cécile (French), at that time a newcomer to Brussels, who was in the midst  of discovering all the written and unwritten rules of the ‘Brussels bubble’. Beate (German) scheduled half an hour to meet me at the end of her workday, but we ended up talking much longer. A year later, in my search for a character of my own generation, representing a Central European perspective, I got introduced to Joanna (Polish), in Caffe Vergnano at the Schuman Roundabout.


I felt a connection with these women right from the start and as I was filming them I came to understand better why and also what elements in their lives and personalities triggered my fascination. In the film I hope to let you experience this process, as the story unfolds. That is, if we reach the € 16.000 target by February 5tth  so I’ll be able to finance and start the film’s post-production process!

Here below a more ‘professional introduction’ to these amazing women, who so courageously joined my project.

Beate in an EP hearing with former EU Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos.

Beate (German) studied journalism in Munich and joined the civil service of the European Commission in 1995. When I started filming her in 2017 she was the Secretary General at the European Ombudsman's Office. Shen then became director at the European Commission, managing the EU's migration, asylum and integration budgets, including the funding for border and police cooperation. In November 2020 Beate was nominated deputy Director General, heading the recently established Taskforce Migration Management that aims to improve the migration management on Lesvos (Greece). For that purpose she now spends about 30% of her work time in Greece.

Joanna at the office of MLex Market Insight.

Joanna (Polish) holds a masters in international relations from the University of Lódź in Poland. She started her studies there in 1995, six years after the fall of communism. In 2004 she completed a masters in European Affairs from the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht. Two years after Poland joined the EU, Joanna moved to Brussels where she has become an experienced reporter on trade, investment policy and foreign affairs. She now writes for MLex Market Insight as senior trade correspondent.

Anne-Cécile explaining the working of the plenary to French visitors.

After completing her masters in both French-German relations and European Affairs from Science Po in Strasbourg, Anne-Cécile (French) became a 'Robert Schuman' trainee at the office of the European Parliament in Munich. When I started filming her in June 2017, she was the political assistant to French Member of the European Parliament Nathalie Griesbeck (Mouvement Démocrate, Renew Europe-group). Since the summer of 2019, Anne-Cecile works for French MEP Laurence Farreng, also from the Mouvement Démocrate.
15 more days to go! 

Our crowdfunding campaign runs until February 5h and we still have to raise 25% of our target amount. If we don’t reach our € 16.000 target, supporters will get their donations back. Will you help us realize the documentary?
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Anne-Cecile dining with friends she met in the European Parliament. 
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