New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye
Join us at the John Hope Franklin Center for a program introduced by Center for Documentary Studies instructor Nancy Kalow of six recent short films by university students residing in Gaza, using a variety of forms from documentary to experimental. The films are a uniquely vital commentary on today's closed Gaza; kinetic performance footage of parkour, for example, is contrasted with expressive reflections on daily challenges. Films were made by students at Al Aqsa University, Al Azhar University, and Birzeit University. An NYU documentary graduate student from Gaza, Ahmed Mansour, will be the discussant and lead a Q&A. Ahmed Mansour is from Gaza Strip, Palestine. He is a graduate of Gaza University where he specialized in Literature and Arabic English Translation. He is a filmmaker, journalis, and interpreter.
Films: "WE LOVE LIFE" by Mohammed Ewais, Birzeit University: Portrait of graffiti artist Bilal Khaled from Khan Younis. "SEEKERS FOR LIFE" by Mahmoud Awad, Al Aqsa University: The used clothing market's buyers and sellers. "MOVING DREAM" by Alaa Al-Alol, Birzeit University: Nader dreams of going back to work. "THE CAGE" by Khalid Touimah, Birzeit University: Catching birds with Mohammed Halawa from the Jabalia refugee camp. "DEMA" by Amjad Al Fayoumi, Al-Azhar University: Too young to be a bride. "PARKOUR OF THE RUBBLE OF GAZA" by Khalid Touimah: A team of athletic daredevils.