OCanFilmFest2020 Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

The Great Disconnect is a documentary that uncovers why, in a world seemingly more connected than ever before, people are feeling more and more socially isolated – and the true cost this has on our lives.

Tamer Soliman

Tamer Soliman, director, producer and cowriter

Before producing health documentaries, Tamer built his career as a holistic nutritionist, personal trainer and wellness speaker. Making this film has changed the way Tamer understands true health. Moving beyond simply eating well and exercising, Tamer now believes that in order to live in a state of optimal wellness, you need to have a strong sense of community wellbeing. Currently living in Ottawa, Tamer is partnering up with community leaders locally and internationally to continue to spread the message of this film.

Tamer Soliman answered a few questions.

What inspired your film?

I had the unique opportunity to explore a part of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, where I stayed a few nights in a small mountain camp, where life was simple, but very communal – and people seemed truly happy and connected to one another. This prompted my exploration into community involvement and social connections, and the effect that it has on our quality of life and longevity.

What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

Documentaries have a unique set of challenges because the script is constantly evolving. With every interview and new piece of research you come across, you have to find a way to integrate it and communicate it to the viewers in a clear, interesting and entertaining way.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

Making this film has changed my definition of what it really means to be healthy – physically, emotionally, and socially. My hope is that by watching this film, people will reflect on the idea that to be well, we need to find ways to come together. The health of society as a whole depends on it.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Specifically for documentaries, I’d say follow your intuition and let your script evolve (just make sure you have a patient team of writers and editors, like I did!) 🙂

What’s next for you?

Right now we are solely focused on promoting The Great Disconnect. We feel that the film is timelier than ever and we want to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. If any organizations are interested in screening The Great Disconnect they can contact us at info@disconnecteddoc.com

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