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Gaza film students use internet to break the blockade

by Alex Ritman.

Since March, for just a few hours every Thursday, a group of students in Gaza has been able to break the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory that has been in place since 2007. Their tools haven’t been boats or tunnels, or anything that can be intercepted at the border, but technology.

Through Skype, this group of eight between the ages of 18 and 21 have been taking part in a filmmaking programme, with lectures and workshops that would normally be experienced face-to-face in a classroom instead given through a computer screen. The project, organised by the Doha Film Institute in co-operation with Al Fakhoora, an international organisation helping provide educational facilities and rights to Palestinian students, will give the students the knowledge and resources to shoot two short films, and should help establish an educational programme that will see many more follow in their footsteps.

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