I met Mark Abouzeid on a hot, Florentine summer day. I was enjoying an icy glass of water in the company of two friends on a terrace, when Mark stopped to say hi. My friends introduced me to, what they called, “an interesting subject” to interview for my project The Human Behind The Artist. There he was: a guy who talked too much, too fast, but everything he said made sense. His stories were captivating.
Months later we met for coffee, at his favorite coffee place in Piazza Santo Spirito, to explain the purpose of my project. Two hours into our friendly chat, after listening to fragments of his incredible life stories, I realized I would want to have his words in between covers and keep them on my shelf. Thus, I asked:
“Why don’t you write a book about your life?”
“I’m not a writer. Do you want to write it?”
I froze. I love documenting people stories. Stories are precious to me; pieces of a puzzle that come together and create a unique human being. I love the way people smile when they remember their childhood and how they frown whenever a bad memory comes into play. The man in front of me was offering his life and memories to “play” with.
That’s how the idea of Okay, you’re right! A collection of life stories with Mark Abouzeid. was born. Since then Mark became more than just a subject for The Human Behind The Artist; he became the storyteller I could listen to until dawn and a man who opened the door to a new culture for me through his documentaries Growing Cedars In Air and Finding My Lebanon.