Q: Congratulations on the successful completion of your movie. How do you feel?
A: After five years of hard struggle, it is a good feeling to see that one has achieved.
Q: How did you come up with the idea?
A: Actually, it was a story begging to be told. It is based entirely on my personal experiences. People do not understand what it means to be an illegal immigrant in a foreign land. Not having enough to eat, or a good place to sleep; being unable to go to a hospital when you're sick. The trigger was the fire at Schiphol that killed 11 detained illegal immigrants. I was an illegal immigrant so I could easily have been one of them.
Q: How did you meet the director of the movie, Rogier Kappers?
A: It is very complicated. I am glad that they saw the potential in my story and that we could work together to bring it to fruition.
Q: From an "illegal immigrant" to being a celebrity, that is some transformation. Do people look at you differently?
A: Ah! If you know me, you'll know that I remain the person I have always been. I like my privacy and I don't hug the limelight.
Q: What has been the reaction so far, do Europeans and Africans react differently to the movie?
A: The reaction, as I expected, has really been mixed. Many Dutch people are truly shocked that people exist (not live) in such conditions in their country. Many Africans find it courageous that I came out to tell a story to which they can relate. Some of them however think that it will jeopardise their status. But that's life....