Monday, April 25, 2016

IFF Panama: Get to Know Seasoned Filmmaker and Educator Jorge Ameer

While in Panama for the film festival, one of the notable people I met was Jorge Ameer. Jorge left his home in Panama at age 16 in the late 1980s due to political unrest and civil instability.  The country’s dictator and drug king Noriega was recruiting young men to fight in his military army as the looming confrontation with the United States approached. In 1989, the United States invaded Panama under the name of “Just Cause” ousted the Panamanian dictator. Living in Los Angeles, at the age of 18, he was selected to participate in the Walt Disney College Program. He worked in the marketing departments of New Line Cinema, Paramount and Columbia Pictures. In motion picture...

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