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New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye

September 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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. He has worked with international journalists covering Gaza and produced his own powerful documentaries that tell the story of his generation of young people and their aspirations for peace. He is currently enrolled in a MA program at NYU in News and Documentary.


This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center and Duke University’s Center for International and Global Studies. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1 hour parking vouchers to guests.


Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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