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Synopsis: “Faces” is a piece about the universality of a personal tragedy. It is about the anxieties that we are all going through in these uncertain times, and how escapism has become our saving grace. And how do we all escape? Through our dreams.



Run Time

6 minutes

Directed by

Charly Wenzel

Written by

Khalif J. Gillett

Executive Producer

Agnes Chrakowiecka


Charly Zastrau


Kevin Hobaichan

Director's Statement

The film was originally conceived for David Deblinger’s performance project “Acts Of Love: Dreamscape” at HB Studio in New York City, which serves as an opportunity for international theater artists to create original work. I was interested in devising a movement based short film inspired by a piece of text. I asked the incredibly talented writer/performer Khalif J. Gillett to write a poem about “dreaming away”, getting out, but also about love and connection. I used his moving and beautifully written work to come up with the storyline and the different scenes for this film. I was working with a group of young actors and I wanted to visualize the wealth of images and ideas in Khalif’s message of “we’re all in this together -alone” by devising a movement based on camera piece. Each performer represents a specific chapter in the search of escape. During these tragic and uncertain times, I wish to inspire hope and a sense of connection and unity in my audience.

Director's Bio

Charly is an actress, dancer, choreographer and award winning filmmaker. She won multiple awards for her experimental films “Global Tides”, “Licht”, “Schein”, “PAUSE” and “Faces”, which were screened at film festivals worldwide.
Charly was the Artistic Director of her own project based dance company in NYC, she was the Associate Artistic Director of Naganuma Dance and she worked as the Rehearsal Director for Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance.
Charly danced at the Bavarian State Opera Ballet in Germany and she performed with Shadowbox
Theater, Naganuma Dance, Keila Cordova Dances, Bodystories, LolaLola Dance Theater, Morningside Opera, Soul Movement and others.
For the past four years she was a performer in the Bessie award winning production “Then She Fell” by Third Rail Projects .
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