In 2006 Lydia co-wrote Shake the Devil Off, an Oscar-nominated film about St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in New Orleans – a historic, predominately black church that was threatened with closure after Hurricane Katrina. The idea for the film came from Lydia’s experience living in New Orleans in the run-up to the storm. Her contacts with St. Augustine’s helped her obtain the footage for more than one quarter of the film, produced and directed by a Swiss film company.
For 15 years, Lydia lived in Geneva, Switzerland and a writer and filmmaker. Her clients included the International Red Cross, the World Health Organization the International Olympics Committee, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Council of Churches and others. She has shot on locations in conflict zones in all world regions. Her commissioned films as well as her own documentaries have been shown in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
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