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Meet our spokeswoman and her team

Cœur de Gazelles

Alexandra, dedicated spokesperson

For this 2019 edition, Cœur de Gazelles had the immense honour of welcoming French producer Alexandra Fechner and her team, composed of Nils Tavernier, Yordan Tavernier and Douglas Law.

They spent 4 days immersed in the caravan, following the doctors closely as they worked, to get material with which to make the film of this year’s edition. Alexandra and her team did not come alone: celebrated French actress Florence Thomassin also accompanied the doctors in the field.

Cœur de Gazelles sends huge thanks to Alexandra, Nils, Yordan and Douglas for their magnificent work and their investment in the association.

We also extend heartfelt thanks to Florence for her dedication to our team and our actions.

Presentation of the team

Interview with Alexandra, Producer

How did you come to work with Cœur de Gazelles?

“I met Marina at the closing ceremonies of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2018, to which I had been invited by Virginie Atlan. We talked about the association and I immediately understood the colossal scale of the work accomplished by the team. I wanted to do something right away, to help in my way, with my skills. I had some idea of what I would find on location, but I wasn’t anticipating the scale of the need that exists. I was marked by the waiting lines, and I am really impressed by the work of the volunteers.

You get a real sense of fraternity, knowledge and sharing.

I am fascinated by their solidarity and desire to surpass themselves. The film will allow me to tell their stories, to transcribe the tremendous actions of the association.

I was extremely touched by the expressions, especially those of the children, which are deeply moving.”

Interview with Douglas, Producer

How did you come to work with Cœur de Gazelles?

“I worked on a film project with Alexandra, so when she proposed this to me, I said yes right away. I wanted to bear witness to certain things through my weapons, which are my cameras. I’d already been to Morocco, Marrakech and Casablanca, but I didn’t know the desert.

There’s a real feeling of family within the team; the volunteers are impatient for each edition, to see each other again. I am impressed by the equipment the doctors have at their disposal, and the way they move from a classroom to an operating theatre.

Another incredible thing is the medical follow-up provided for patients. The project doesn’t stop with the caravan, but continues all year long after the doctors have left the region. The volunteers all share the same values, and that is admirable.”

Interview with Nils, Producer

How did you come to work with Cœur de Gazelles?

“I came to Cœur de Gazelles because it’s impossible to say no to Alexandra! But seriously, I was happy to get to know the association’s actions: I’ve done a lot of short films like this one, and I’ve also done a lot of humanitarian. Unlike my previous experiences, there is no ego between the caravan’s volunteers, and I think that’s largely due to the personalities of Fred and Marina, who are not interested in putting themselves forward.

I am surprised by all the specialties and impressed by the medical follow-up provided.

Their work is exemplary: using the word ‘family’ to describe the team is no exaggeration. I was also marked by the strong collaboration between the French and Moroccan volunteers. There is a very important message to be had there.”

Interview with Yordan, assistant cameraman and DIT (Digital Imaging Technician)

How did you come to work with Cœur de Gazelles?

“When my father mentioned the project to me, I though I would just be assistant cameraman, and then Alexandra suggested that I be part of the production team.

And frankly, it’s amazing! I am thrilled to spend five days in the desert, and I am passionate about cars.

I knew the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles but not Cœur de Gazelles. I think the project is super successful, there are many specialties, the locales are clean and well-prepared, and everyone knows where to go.

I am very impressed with this caravan, it’s great!”

Interview with Florence, actress and loyal supporter

What made you want to come share this adventure with Cœur de Gazelles?

“This is the first association where I’ve been directly involved with the action. I like extremes and I wanted to get away. I was very moved by everything I saw, and I would really like to be able to come back.

I was impressed by the organization and all the care provided. I loved accompanying patients during their consultations; contact with others fulfills me.

It was a complete immersion, and I love that! I’m going to need some time to find the right words with which to express my experience.”




Dominique Serra has dedicated this 29th edition to Nasrin Sotoudeh – prominent Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate – who has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes for “inciting corruption and prostitution” by defending women who took off their headscarves in public.

I encourage everyone to sign the petition for her release.