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(in order of appearance)

Susie Orbach – British psychotherapist & author “Fat is a Feminist Issue”
Ruchi Anand – Indian international relations professor
Paola Audrey Ndengue – French co-founder Fashizblack magazine
Maysa – Lebanese student
Eri Shibata – Japanese sculptor
Harrison Pope – Harvard Medical School, author of “The Adonis Complex”
Jean Kilbourne – filmmaker, author and activist, best known for “Killing Us Softly”
Anna Utopia Giordano – Italian artist
Daniel Horowitz – American university professor & author “The Anxieties of Affluence”
Berangere Portalier – French magazine editor “Causette”
Nadine Moawad – Lebanese activist, Nasawiya Feminist Collective
Toni Nassar – Brazilian plastic surgeon working in Beirut, Lebanon
Hala Ajam – Lebanese celebrity make-up artist

Maher Mezher – marketing manager, Lebanese National Bank
Ariane – student
Rola Yasmine – Lebanese activist, member of Nasawiya Feminist Collective
Akane – Japanese professional make-up artist
Hisako Motoyama – Japanese activist, head of the non-profit Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center
Jo Swinson – British Member of Parliament, co-founder of the Campaign for Body Confidence
Laura Mulvey – feminist film theorist
Tetsuya Ando – Japanese researcher, National Institute of Mental Health
Jason Karlin – author “Idols & Celebrities in Japanese Media Culture”
Gail Dines – professor, activist & author of “Pornland”
Stephanie – American student
Susan Linn – Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, “Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood”


Writer, Producer & Director

Elena Rossini


Elena Rossini

Associate Producer

Erika Franchini

Original Music by

Pierre-Marie Maulini (STAL)

Music Executive Producer

Olivier Linglet

Sound Design & Mix

Ludovic Jokiel (AOC)

Film Editing & Motion Graphics

Elena Rossini

Supervising Editor

Laura Minnear

Consulting Editor

Louis Goldschmidt

Associate Producer

Garrett Zevgetis

Additional Writing

Laura Minnear

Legal Services

Heraty Law PLLC

Educational Distribution by

Media Education Foundation

London, UK Crew

production assistant: Stephanie Ifill
sound engineer: Olivier Ducray

Boston, US Crew

sound engineer: Erik Johannessen
second camera operator: Karen Schoucair
production assistant: Reina Gattuso
production assistant: Michelle Ju

Beirut, Lebanon Crew

2nd director of photography: Zeina Tabbara
sound engineer: Olivier Ducray
consultant: Youssef Chaker
consultant: Nader Nakib
consultant: Leotie Scheiderman
consultant: Karen Schoucair
consultant: Yasmine Hajjar

Mumbai, India Crew

director of photography: Avijit Mukul Kishore

Tokyo, Japan Crew

production assistant: Kanako Iwai
sound engineer: Olivier Ducray
consultant: Robert Day
special thanks: Yuichi Shimizu

Marketing Strategist

Haley Hogan

Social Media Advisor

Anne Ditmeyer


French: Laetitia Bazelly, Karima Bouaiss, Gael Imad Eddine
Italian: Veronica Zurzolo (full film & landing page); Chiara Papaccio & Lawrence Oluyede (teaser trailer)
Spanish: AnyBody Argentina, NEO Language Services and Belén Llanos. Special thanks to Sharon Haywood


Quinn Davis
Rachel Lunt
Sheena Vasani

The Filmmaker

Elena Rossini

producer, writer, director, cinematographer & editor of The Illusionists

Elena Rossini is a filmmaker, DP, photographer, multimedia producer and blogger.

At age 24, Elena worked as writer, producer, director, cinematographer and editor on Dove Sei Tu, a feature-length narrative film set in between Milan, Lake Como, and Rome, Italy. Other notable film projects include the documentary short Direction, shot in Tokyo and Paris, and Ideal Women, a short documentary juxtaposing beauty ideals in the art world vs. mass media, commissioned by ARTE Web and the Louvre Museum. The film was screened at women’s conferences in the United States and Argentina.

In 2009, Elena launched a multimedia platform – No Country for Young Women – whose aim is to promote the visibility of professional women and to provide real role models for young girls. By now the site features over 100 interviews of women, age 17 to 91, across five continents: from entrepreneurs to NASA engineers, illustrators, architects, filmmakers, non-profit directors, award-winning novelists, and more.

Elena worked as a writer, producer, cinematographer and director on The Illusionists, a documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world. The film was financed through a crowdfunding campaign, amassing donations from over 360 individuals; filming locations include the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands, France, Italy, Lebanon, India and Japan. Post-production has recently wrapped and plans for distribution will be unveiled soon.

The Illusionists was selected by filmmaking site indieWIRE as its “Project of the Day” and also won the title of “Project of the Week” by popular vote. Dozens of blogs and print publications – including VOGUE Italy, The Cut, Jezebel, and financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore – have written about the project.

In the summer of 2014 Elena co-founded Gender Gap Grader with Elian Carsenat – a platform empowering companies and organizations with innovative tools to measure the gender gap.

Elena also works as a freelance videographer, photographer and writer. Her work has appeared on Corriere della Sera, Jezebel, indieWIRE, Adios Barbie and Gender Across Borders.

Last year Elena was selected for the prestigious Young Leaders program by the Council for the United States and Italy.

Elena’s website:

Elena Rossini | The Illusionists
Serena Shapero

Email: serena [at] theillusionists [dot] org

North America Tour Manager

Serena Shapero

Tour manager, outreach and development coordinator, workshop leader

Serena Shapero is a Baltimore based health educator, writer, radio show personality, and musician. She oversees, a health initiative for young adults through Jewish Community Services that uses a multimedia approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20’s and 30’s. Her work focuses on finding ways for young adults to feel seen, valued, and heard. Serena works with an incredible team to create and implement prevention education programs on positive body image, HIV/AIDS awareness, substance abuse, cyber bullying, media literacy, and healthy relationships for the greater Baltimore community.

Since joining The Illusionists, Serena has been overseeing North America tour operations; she is in charge of outreach and development and has been taking The Illusionists to school and after school programs leading workshops and discussions.