On Sep 8, 2018 I was privileged to step into the Red-Circle of TEDx in Santa Barbara. As most of you know, TED is one of the world’s most prestigious speaking conferences and speakers have ranged from former presidents to prominent celebrities and scientists. My talk was titled “Unmuting Millions of Voices One Story at a Time – How, in a place of unimaginable terror, hope grew from a water bottle and a rose.” My talk was mainly focused on the necessity of giving the oppressed around the world a voice. The backdrop was Syria and the plight of its heroic people. During my talk I reflected on my own experience with the making of my recent film titled LITTLE GANDHI, an Oscar contender documentary about iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar who was known for facing down gunfire and violence with white roses and water bottles.