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Emmanuel Itier 

An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: ‘Red Passage’ which won many Awards in the Festival circuit. Emmanuel Itier has also been a successful Music and Film journalist for both Rock Magazines, French TV networks and various websites for the last twenty five years. Finally Itier has been a buyer for many French and American Film distribution companies for the last twenty years. He was on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival for a decade and he writes poetry. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. Mr. Itier seats on the board of Directors of ‘Darfur Women Action Group’ in an attempt to bring Peace to Darfur. He is also the  founding President of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace ( ) and he is part of the U.N Association, Santa Barbara chapter. Lately he joined the World Council of Wisdom ( ) to bring Peace to the World.

Mr. Itier grew up in France and he moved in the USA thirty years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three sons. Emmanuel Itier released in 2014 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: ‘FEMME-Women healing the World.’ This Documentary earned over 20 Awards around the World. 

Late 2017 Mr. Itier completed his third feature Documentary: ‘Shamanic Trekker’, about shamanism in Peru. Mr. Itier has just released two more documentaries in order to keep “Making Peace, One movie at a time.” 

These films are part of a series called ‘The Oneness Collection: Documentaries for a conscious Humanity.’ The first one is called ‘The Cure: Healing The Mind, Healing The Body, Healing the Planet’  and the politically loaded Doc: ‘We The People: A Re-Evolution of Economics and Politics’, which is sure to shake the system! 

Mr. Itier is a recipient of the ‘2018 Global Citizen Award’ from the prestigious United Nation Association and he was named President of The Year 2018 by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace. 

In 2019, just before the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Mr. Itier went to film a drama about quantum physics in Germany and in German. The shooting was stopped by the crisis and he hopes to return by mid 2021 to complete this new endeavor.

In 2021 the impactful and very timely 6th documentary directed by Emmanuel will be released: ‘Guns, Bombs & War: A Love Story’.

Finally, Mr. Itier has formed a spiritual and political movement in France called ‘The French Victory’ ( ) with the ambition to run for President in 2022. His vision is:  “I, The People – We, President.” 

In Oneness, we shall heal the World. 

He is a member of The Critics Choice Association.

Emmanuel is a regular contributor to; in 2021 he covered Sundance and Santa Barbara with cutting edge filmmakers interviews.


Interview with the director of GETAWAY Stephanie Malson at PanAfrican Film Festival



PanAfrican Film Festival.


With Director Stephanie Malson

By Emmanuel Itier and Roxanna Bina

In GETAWAY on the backdrop of a summer of civil unrest in the United States, a Jamaican immigrant gives her bullied young son and herself a reprieve with his first trip to her homeland. As they ease into the change of pace, Mom gets shocking news that forces her to make a life-changing decision. This short film from writer / producer Malaika Paquiot and director Stephanie Malson explores what it means to be a good mother in extraordinary times.

This film is an exploration of the interior lives of each character as they encounter challenges that force them to peel back the layers of their truth. It also raises a lot of questions. Where is a Black person safe? Where do we belong? What if the place you thought would help you reach your dreams becomes your prison? What sacrifices are you willing to make for your family and what’s the cost? These questions are subtly posed to the audience to encourage dialogue. 


GETAWAY was written and produced by Malaika Paquiot and directed by Stephanie Malson.  The film has a running time of 21 minutes.  It will be World Premiering at the 31st Anniversary Pan African Film Festival. 

Q: how did this project come together?


Stephanie: It was really the passion project from writer/producer Malaika Paquiot who put everything together. It came out of the love of storytelling and the dramatic story of this Jamaican immigrant woman who has moved to America as a single mother.


Q: Any types of challenges to get this film done?


Stephanie: Beyond the writing process and making sure we had a compelling story, we then had to put together a grand cast. It wasn’t that easy to find the perfect actors. But we were so lucky to find a real Jamaican with lead actress Melissa Kay Anderson. It was also challenging to shoot the film in two parts, one filmed in North Carolina and then the second in Jamaica.


Q: What is this film truly about for you? What are the themes within this inspiring short movie?


Stephanie: For me it’s a film dealing about “finding our safe space”.  And how do we define the notion of “home”. I think that the struggle this mother is facing in this story is the one met by a lot of single parents, particularly, single mothers. It shows how hard it is to get your kid in a safe place with all of the gun violence existing today in our society. It’s a universal theme to show a mother protecting at all costs, her child.


Q: Tell me about the importance of being in a film festival?


Stephanie: Festivals are so important for us. We are now being screened at the Pan African film festival. It’s a tremendous opportunity to get exposure as a director but also, it’s the opportunity to show a story that is not usually told. I’m looking forward to having deep conversation with the various audiences coming to watch our movie. Connection is key when you are in a film festival.


Q: Can this film talk to a vast diverse crowd?


Stephanie: Absolutely! It’s a universal message about a mother facing gun violence. And this is, sadly, happening everywhere in different forms. It’s also a great opportunity to be exposed to a different culture and humanize every culture on this planet, to find out what we have in common. At the heart of this story there is a longing for a safe space and that also universal. How we are raising children in society today is truly a global issue. Everyone needs to get involved. At the core we desire the same things: love, connection and a safe home.

About Emmanuel Itier

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(Wonderland Entertainment Group)

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