New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye

September 6, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Ahmed Mansour, Nancy Kalow
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
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Discussant: Ahmed Mansour

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. A NYU documentary graduate student from Gaza, Ahmed Mansour, will be the discussant and lead a Q&A.


  • 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.

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, journalist and interpreter.

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