>Youth Media Showcase

Al-Hakawati, The Storyteller

Year: July 2007 and 2008
Location: Yafa Cultural Center, Balata refugee camp, Nablus
Duration: 8:08 min

Synopsis: In this comical film, a young camera crew making their first film is searching for the Al-Hakawati (a storyteller) in the Balata refugee camp. They interview several old people in the camp who can't recall any folk tales, but only mention their experiences of the Nakba (Palestinian exile in 1948). The young filmmakers nearly give up until the Al-Hakawati magically appears in a traditional costume and they are able to complete their film with his eloquent tales.

Youth Filmmakers: Ahmed Khader, Amani Khader, Hussein Shtawi, Rasmi Arafat

Supervised by Ruby Saed and Nitin Sawhney

This video short was produced during the Digital Storytelling Workshop conducted by Voices Beyond Walls at the Yafa Cultural Center in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank in August 2007 with subtitling and post-production completed in 2008.

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