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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.


Surviving the Cartel With the showrunner: Ely Bams



With the showrunner: Ely Bams


By Emmanuel Itier

Q: Where did this show come from, what were your intentions with it?


Ely: I have been working on this show for the past seven years. I wrote the first draft in 2015. I had a short film that helped me push my career forward with something else. I tried to sell that show, but they told me I couldn’t sell it without a big show runner. And, of course, all the big show runners are always busy on their own shows. My manager at that time recommended I write a feature film instead. And that this could open the door to, then, a series. After two more years of hard work, we showed it to all the big agencies, but they replied it was “trash”. So, this was a big waste of time. I decided then to write a pilot more in tune with what was going on in 2018 with the borders being closed and the tension in the USA. I was interested also with what was going on with the child separation at the border. The script was done and finished quite quickly. I went ahead and raised money myself. I wanted to shoot in a town closed to the border for more veracity. I wanted real actor who could play the role of “The Pope” and this is how I met the Mexican actor Gabriel Agüero. But he couldn’t come to the US to film, we couldn’t get a visa for him. This is when I decided to go and shoot in Mexico and shoot with a non-union crew. I think that shooting in Mexico helped us achieve a high level of reality.


Q: What the themes, the messages of your series?


Ely: I think the series shows that in life there is no black or white people, but everyone has some layers of grey in them. It’s not easy to figure out who are the good guys and the bad guys. Life is quite complex in that sense. You have good guys who sometimes make bad choices. And sometimes you also have bad guys doing good things. I’d like for people to understand the meaning behind the choices, the actions, that one makes. I also want to show the behind-the-scene of this universe, the one of the drug dealers, the cartels. I wanted to show things you don’t see in the news.



Q: Tell me about the various challenges you face making this series.


Ely: The main challenges was to complete this show and air it quite quickly. It took us, in fact, less than a year to achieve it. It’s quite unique for such a series. It was challenging to do something great but to film it and edit it quickly.


Q: Do you know where you’re going with this show?


Ely: Yes, I have in mind to do six seasons of this series. “Alejandro”, the main character of our show goes from being a good guy to being a bad guy and it will take some time to follow his evolution in this dark direction.


Q: Did making this show changed your views on the drug war and the cartels?


Ely: Well, for sure, to film in Mexico changed my view on that country. I think Mexico has a bad reputation. But in fact, it’s a great country and for the most part it’s quite safe. People are very warm and are welcoming and they work very hard. It’s funny how everybody I know was so afraid of me going to film in Mexico. Having said that I learned that business of drug will probably never end. Especially as long as people suffer and have pain and live in poverty. There is a sad saying: “it’s better to live five years as a king than fifty years as a loser”. So, this is the mentality among the cartels. They know they won’t have a long life but at least they have a “good” life.  It will take lots of time to educate people, to elevate people from poverty before we can see an end to the war on drugs.



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