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We are a multicultural, multidisciplinary team of filmmakers, ethno-psychologists, visual anthropologists, artists, physical theater performers, choreographers, musicians, cultural mediators / interpreters, social innovators, design thinkers, IT developers & designers, all engaged in social & environmental matters. Our main team has over a decade experience with approaching and empowering the most vulnerable communities, living with them for long periods, gaining their trust and building strong bonds. From refugees and immigrants in Europe, to very remote indigenous communities in the amazonian forest, in the jungles and seas of SouthEast Asia, in impoverished slums of Africa and Latin America, we are passionate about letting them rediscover their power, safeguard their valuable traditional wisdom and culture, in an alienating globalizing world. We are engaged in bringing those valuable experiences, voices, stories, artistic expressions out of those marginalized communities, to the rest of our societies, to bridge gaps of prejudice and show the ways for a common solidal future, where we learn from each other and grow together.

Elena Zervopoulou

Founder
Film director, producer & ethno-psychologist

Greek and French. As an ethno-psychologist (Masters in Clinical Cross-Cultural Psychology from the University of Paris 5), she has worked in Paris supporting immigrant families, in the team of pioneer Prof. Marie-Rose Moro and in South Italy with refugee unaccompanied minors. As a consultant at UNESCO, she has facilitated the socio-educational integration of street children in Madagascar. She holds a Masters in Documentary filmmaking and visual anthropology (trained by Jean Rouch’s team in Paris 10 University). As a founder of One Vibe Films, she has written, directed and produced creative documentaries for international broadcasters and for NGOs, mainly shot in remote areas of Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. As a founder of Diversity United, she designs & implements media & raising awareness campaigns, community engagement & capacity building projects for vulnerable groups using among others Participatory Video workshops offering various artistic outcomes, creates interactive cross-media, as well as conceives & designs digital platforms for social change (initially inspired as covid solutions). The above are further developed and implemented with the rest of the team. She speaks English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian and Malay.

Sea Gypsies joined the “Why Poverty?” series, led by BBC. It was covered by 69 broadcasters reaching over 200 countries worldwide.
Greece: Days of Change nominated by the Millennium International Documentary Festival, for the “Workers of the World” award (Belgium), and by Docs Barcelona for the “New Talent” award (Spain). Screened in 60 cinemas around Spain, as “Documental del mez”, in other cinemas across Europe with “Moving Docs”, and broadcasted prime time in 6 European countries.
Anti-bullism campaign, cross-media interactive educational tool (idea-design, multiple end scenarios, direction, production) for the EU. Officially used by the Greek Ministry of Education as well as in 6 other European countries.
Walking in light, a poetic video-dance performance inspired by Participatory Video (PV) workshops with young refugees hosted in shelters in South Italy.
BeLeaf VR 360, a virtual reality poetic film, part of MaTerre VR Experience, officially included in the cultural program of European Capital of Culture 2019, Matera, Italy. Selected for the “Maker Faire Rome – European Edition” and included in Rai Cinema VR app (under Maker Faire, Ma Terre VR Experience, BeLeaf)

Carlos Zuniga

Film director & producer

Peruvian cultural mediator & government consultant as indigenous people expert in Latin America. His most recent works are focused on consultancies and creation of educational projects for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage for CRESPIAL – UNESCO in Latin American countries.
He works independently in the documentary and institutional field. His personal works range from short fiction, to anthropological audiovisual documents and experimental works. He is specialized in the development of audiovisual, technological educational, advertising and anthropological projects.

2000 Barueri Prize, first video support for AIDS prevention, «O que quer Rubens», film and video festival, SAO PAULO Brazil.
Recognition granted by Associations of the Peruvian Jungle (AIDESEP) for the development of the SIRA communal reserve project and the visual proposal and books of: «13 problems of the Amazon Rainforest» «Indigenous Fund»

Alexandros Zervopoulos

Senior Developer & AI Engineer

French and Greek, Senior Developer & Natural Language Engineer in AI (Artificial Intelligence). He holds a Master in Project management and programming from the University of Amiens in France. He has over a decade experience as a free lance developer. For Diversity United he has programmed an EU funded interactive educational tool against bullying on a digital cross-media platform. Its use is officially adopted by the Greek Ministry of Education for Greek schools, as well as in 6 other European countries. With Omilia, he leads teams of developers in Artificial Intelligence prototypes for leading international investment banks. He is a key team member when it comes to designing and programming interactive cross-media and digital innovative solutions for solidarity and social change.

Guillermo Lossio

Designer of social innovation processes

Brazilian, born in Peru, specialised in social & educational innovation, prospective & strategic planning. Owner & Chief Innovation Officer of Genios360, a social innovation and technology company, headquartered in Brazil, which develops tools for transformation and improvement in different areas of society in Latin America in partnerships with people and companies allied to this purpose.

Designer of innovation & cultural transformation processes to develop smart strategies and solutions in cities, institutions and companies. Creator & partner of different ventures, products and technological solutions in several countries. Founder of Lab Growing to train agents of growth, innovation and continuous improvement; currently developing the first workshops in Brazil, to be scaled in Latin America & Europe. Founder of IQM (Ideas that improve) an incubator for the creation of Fabricas Boutique and Startups in the areas of technology, innovation and social entrepreneurship. Writer of published books; currently working on a new format for launching other books. Trainer for institutions and companies in the areas of development, planning, strategy and implementation of transformational projects. Aligned to Diversity United’s mission to build together an innovative, transformative and collective culture that can generate real changes in our societies, based on medium and long term processes.

Erifili Stefanidou

Actress & physical theatre expert

Greek, she graduated from the “Contemporary Theatre of Athens” Theatre School of George Kimoulis and from the physical theatre school “Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq” in Paris.

She is a founding member, performer and artistic collaborator of the physical theatre group Patari Project. As a performer she has worked in Greece and France with directors such as Sofia Paschou, Kostas Fillippoglou, George Kimoulis, Esther Andre Gonzalez, Angeliki Kounenidaki, Marcello Magni, Lilo Baur, Caroline Reck etc.

She has performed in venues such as Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, National Theatre’s Experimental Stage, National Opera of Greece, Delphi Festival, Porta Theatre, Opera de Dijon etc.

As an assistant director she has worked with directors Kostas Fillippoglou, Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou and Thomas Moschopoulos. As a movement director she has worked with the theatre groups Patari Project (Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus), SoMMA (Bob Festival) and Mikriskini (Bob Festival & Arti Theatre) and with the director Anna Papamarkou (Alkmini Theatre).

She has been teaching physical theatre, movement and improvisation to professional actors, amateur actors, teenagers and children since 2005. She taught – on a volunteer basis – physical theatre, improvisation and movement for a year to a group of refugees in KETHEA MOSAIC, in Athens. Together they created in 2009 “Endless roads” (‘Δρόμοι χωρίς τέλος’), performed in Chora THeatre, in the “Going Youth Festival” (Technopolis) and in “Contemporary Theatre of Athens” – where they did a joined performance with a group from the National Theatre’s “Young People Workshops”.

Viky Sachpazi

Musician & performer

Greek, she studied piano at the National Conservatory in Vathis Square, specialized in Music Kinetics at the Moraitis School and with a scholarship at Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Advanced Studies in Music and dance education – Orff Institute). Then, wanting to further explore the relationship between music and movement, she studied Physical theater at Jacques Lecoq School and with Philippe Gaullier in Paris, as well as movement analysis and Laban dance notation at the Conservatoire National de Musique et Dance de Paris.
Today, she combines music, movement and theater in her artistic and educational activities. She teaches physical theater and music kinetics to children and adults. She collaborated as a clown – musician with Clowns without borders Sweden (2015-2018) and founded their Greek mission, the WHO NOSE team. During this time, the group performed 65 circus performances and seminars at 14 refugee shelters and hotspots throughout Attica, giving a smile to more than 8,000 people.

Kenan Akkawi

Sound Designer & Film Editor

Syrian based in Greece with over 20 years experience. He has taken part in more than 40 films (short and feature length) many of which have participated, and some awarded, in major film festivals (Berlin, Locarno, Toronto and many others around the world). His documentary work has been aired/commissioned by major broadcasters like BBC, and ARTE. He is a native speaker of English, Greek, Arabic, and French to a lesser degree. He has worked as an editor at post production firms for 8 years, and as Head of Post Production for 6 years. During this time his editing work mainly consisted of TV commercials, video clips, and corporate videos. Kenan has experience in other fields including Re-recording Sound Mixer, Visual Effects Supervisor, Production, and Location Sound Recording. He has been invited to lecture on Editing and Sound Design and is a member of the Greek Film Academy.

Ethnos 1998 (TV Awards) : Best Editing for a TV series “Love came a day late” with P. Papakyriakopoulos; Drama film festival 2000 : Sound Design award for the short film “Monday”; Prosopa 2000 (Nitro) : Best TV Concept award “Kalipolis”; Kalamata Doc. Festival 2002 : Special Effects distinction for the Docu-drama “Talk Of the Devil”; National Film Awards Thesaloniki 2007 : National award for short film production “Zafiris”; National Film Awards Thesaloniki 2008 : National award for short film production “Shoulder for hire”; Drama film festival 2009 : Sound Design award for the short film “And me for myself”

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