Ramallah: Shashat, in cooperation with the Dramatiska Institutet, Sweden’s National Film School and with funding from the latter and the Swedish Institute is launching a Palestinian-Swedish Youth Video TrainingProduction Exchange in which four young Palestinian filmmakers will each produce a film with a Swedish counterpart.
The four Palestinian young women filmmakers are among those Shashat has worked with in the past, thus providing them with follow-up training. Dara Khader, from Jenin, and Layali Kilani, from Nablus, are in the third phase of Shashat trainingproduction programs. They took part in the 2008 Confession and in the 2009 Jerusalem…So Near, So Far and A Day in Palestine video trainingproduction programs. Amani Al-Sarahnah from Hebron, and Omaima Hamouri from Jerusalem, who are both in the second phase of training at Shashat, will also take part in the program.
The Swedish students are Ahang Bashi, Ina Holmqvist, Michael Krotkiewski, and Anna Persson, all film students from the Drama Institute. Each team, made of a Palestinian and a Swede will work on a film together, thus producing four films in total through the program.
The trainingproduction program which lasts two months, is divided into two parts. One part, lasting the month of February, will take place in Palestine where the productions will take place. The second part in March, will take place in Sweden, where the Palestinian and Swedish students will do the final editing. They will also attend Tempo Film Festival which is held in Stockholm-Sweden in mid-March.
The Swedish director, PeA Holmquist, well known for his films on Gaza, and who has trained in Palestine in the past, is the Swedish professor responsible for the project. Assisting him will be co-trainer, Palestinian director Ghada Terawi, and Dr Alia Arasoughly.
Shashat will screen the films in its 6th Women Film Festival in Palestine.