Dinner at the No-Go's Directed
Marco Antonio Orsini Monaco / 2012 / 71 minutes World Premiere
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Everyone knows you’re not supposed to discuss politics and religion at a dinner party. Marco Orsini’s film starts with an intriguing proposition: forget about that. Orsini and producer Biala Mekkaoui take us on an international tour through the State Department's Travel Advisory list, also known as the “No-Go list,” where they film dinner parties and discuss only politics and religion. Invited to the dinners are provocative thinkers, lawyers, investors, artists, religious leaders, politicians, and activists. The filmmakers engage their guests on vital issues and ideas in search of a deeper understanding of the Arab Spring, the 9/11 attacks, two American wars in the Middle East and other pressing concerns. What they find is a series of fascinating conversations steeped in history and rich with emotions, fears and dreams. Along the way they visit Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, before landing at a truly fascinating dinner in Atlanta, Georgia for an all too familiar American perspective. To watch Dinner with the No-Go’s is like being a guest at a one-of-a-kind dinner party, where the main course is conversation. It is a conversation that will continue long after the credits roll – it’s fair to say the future of the world depends on it. –David Becker
Marco Antonio Orsini is an award winning narrative and documentary filmmaker with over 60 hours of prime time programming in both Spanish and English language Television with clients including Fox, Sony, Telemundo and WB.
His first independent Narrative film, Little Faggot of Jesus which premiered at NEW FEST 2001 was part of the up and coming Latino Directors forum by NALIP and of the Latin America Case Studies at Princeton University. His script, American Way was selected in the inaugural TriBeCa All Access in 2004
Marco's short film Un Dia en la Vida which premiered at Sundance in 2005, won best dramatic film at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in 2007. His first documentary, The Reluctant Traveler was distributed by DirecTV and continues being acquired in new territories.
Orsini is the current President of the IEFTA an NGO based in Monte Carlo (where he resides) which focuses on film education in developing economies, primarily Africa.
Cast/Featuring: Bilal Mekkaoui, Marco Antonio Orsini
Executive Producer(s): Mark Brockbank
Producer(s): Bilal Mekkaoui, Marco Antonio Orsini, Louie Jones
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