In To The Camp.

Presentation of the project:

We have a beautiful, powerful and timeless story to tell and you can help us bring it to screen!

Through a community based project involving first time actors, Ihab Ghafri and his team are working on a short film adaptation of “The Child Goes to the Camp”, a novella by Ghassan Kanafani.
This story, written by one of the most prominent Palestinian authors and journalists, decades ago, will be the base to telling the story of a refugee kid in the camp of Askar, Nablus, in occupied Palestine in 2018.

 

 

What’s the idea behind this project?

We are a team of passionate young Palestinians committed to creating a short fiction film that is first and foremost a community based film project.

 

For us, the process by which the film is made is equally important to the end product itself. By using crowdfunding we aim to create a film that is authentically Palestinian, completely independent and intentionally community-driven.
That is why we are relying on a Palestinian writer-director, Ehab Ghafri, an entirely Palestinian technical crew, and first-time actors selected from the refugee camp in which the film takes place: Askar refugee camp,Nablus.
Through the years, each member of the crew has individually gathered  significant experience working with kids all over Palestine through art therapy and community lead projects, mostly in the field of theater. Building  on this priceless experience, we want to use the same creative energy to produce a film that will bring people together in each stage of film making from the development of the project, to the shooting on set and finally to the public screening of the final product.

 

In addition to providing workshops for aspiring actors from the community, hiring locally, and including community input on the creative direction of the film, we will attempt to show the realities of life in some of the world’s oldest refugee camps.

 

Lastly, all “making of the movie” materials will be made available for future Palestinian filmmakers to learn from and build upon similar experiences and processes. We want this film to be  one of many films developed, produced and distributed in the future by using the same community building resources.

 

One of our main goals will be creating a toolkit, that will go through all the steps of film making and can be reused by marginalized communities elsewhere in and even outside of Palestine.

 

We envision this toolkit being using by aspiring and emerging filmmakers that want to tell stories but don’t have the resources to do it in a traditional way. By going successfully going through this process we want to open new paths for film making. We are enabling ourselves to tell our own stories in our own way.

 

Our dream is that one day a Palestinian or Syrian filmmaker, in one of the camps of Lebanon for instance, will create his own community based film project relying on our “making of the movie” and using our toolkit.

What’s the story of “The Child Goes to the Camp” about?

This film aims to tell one of Kanafani’s lesser-known short stories: “The Child Goes to the Camp”. The story is still relevant today despite being written by the author decades ago, in exile, so close but yet so far of from Palestine.

 

In 2018, we feel the need to bring this story to the big screen because it is a powerful one, that is at once very palestinian and will without a doubt resonate with audiences around the world because it is very universal at its core.

 

Due to the forced exile of 1948, Palestine is home to some of the world’s oldest refugee camps. To be a Palestinian refugee is to have a complicated sense of identity that has been passed  down from generation to generation since the start of the Nakba, 70 years ago.

 

Not only is the refugee-status linked to a social belonging, it is also a place-based one. Being a refugee in your own country means having all parts of your life impacted by the ongoing conflict and having limited opportunities compared to the rest of the world. The refugee camps designed to protect the life of the refugees have ended up turning into places of isolation and exclusion.

 

The tale focuses on a young underprivileged boy and his extended family in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus. It follows him as he tackles growing up with conflicting identities and priorities. In this coming of age story, our protagonist has the difficult task to of  balancing his own desires with the inescapable daily necessities and emergencies. We focus on the inherent physical limitations to life in the refugee camp and to life as a child to be small in size and power in a constricted environment and yet have enormous responsibilities.

 

Our hero is struggling to find belonging within the confines of the camp  What happens when  individual aspirations, hopes and dreams come at the expense of the idea of a greater Palestine? How do you shape your world as a child when you are entangled in a situation bigger than yourself: the loss of the homeland, the occupation and the daily struggle to breathe, eat and stay alive?

This is a story as much about the complexity of identity as it is about the experience of childhood. It is a story about a story, told through a series of lenses that helps illustrate the complexity of the Palestinian refugee situation: the permanence of a state and status that was supposed to be temporary. It is a story about our past and it is a story about our present.  It is a story that is Palestinian and yet a universal one.

Meet the team behind the project:

 

Ehab Ghafri wrote the script based on Ghassan Kanafani’s story and will direct the short film. He is leading a team of passionate emerging talents that are working on the ground to make this project a reality.

Ehab received his B.S. in psychology and worked as an art therapist for years with a focus on women, young adults and children. He worked on many cinema, TV and theater productions all over Palestine. After being an actor for many years, he returned to school to study lighting and film making.  

 

Islam Sirafy will serve as a drama coach for our first-time actors in this film.  

A theater director who studied at Baghdad University in Iraq, Islam moved to Palestine during the Iraq War in xxx to study sociology and theater.  He incorporates both in his approach to theater and teaching. He has worked for various associations as a drama teacher, story teller, and social worker. In 2007, he formed a theater group at Al Najah  University in Nablus.

Khaled Tabone will contribute to the workshops for first-time actors and will also be part of the cast of this short film.

Khaled is a rapper and actor who has been in multiple productions and concert performances, including the film “Junction 48”.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?

We are committed to making a beautiful film that will hopefully go on to be seen on screens big and small, all around the world.  

 

Your contribution will help in the development and production of the film:

Complete the development of the script based on the book

– Continue our pre-production work

– Equipment Rentals/Materials

– Compensation for highly skilled sound and light technicians

– Workshops in the community

– Training for youth and aspiring artists/technicians in Palestine that will join the team

– Post-production costs

 

We want this movie to travel because we believe that the singular story it tells needs to be seen by a wide audience. Your thoughtful generosity will also help us distribute this film to the widest possible audience in and out of Palestine:

– Create and edit the“Making of the film” material

– Create and print the promotional material

– Festival submission fees

– Organizing screenings

– DVDs of the film

TRUST, RISKS AND CHALLENGES

As with any film production there are challenges and risks in bringing the project all the way to fruition. You may have already backed crowdfunded projects that didn’t deliver… so how can you trust that we will deliver?

  • We are a passionate team that is more than 100% committed to making this a success. A success that everyone involved can be part of, from the Askar community, to the backers of the project and the communities where the film will end up being screened.

 

  • The team involved with this project has already started to work in Askar Refugee Camp and know very well the challenges of bringing such a project to life in occupied Palestine. We have being planning for the past months in order to create a strong foundation to start production in the best conditions possible.

 

  • We are an experienced group of people who will endeavor to make this project happen despite any potential difficulty and setback. The funds we are gathering here will make this process easier and faster, and for that we are extremely thankful.

 

YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO DONATE? YOU CAN STILL HELP US IN SOME OTHER WAYS.

 

While every donation, even the smallest, can make a real difference, we realize that not everyone can contribute financially. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still be a huge part in  making this film come to life: you can still help us by raising the profile of our campaign BY SHARING IT!

Please share this page as widely as possible, with your family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and on any other network you belong to.

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THANK YOU

Every little bit counts and can make a huge difference with such a project! Thank you for your trust. Your contribution is truly appreciated and our team is so grateful for your support in making this film.

€10- Shukran!

  1. a special thanks on the films website
  2. regular updates on the making of the film

€50 – Shukran!

  1. A special thanks on the films website
  2. regular updates on the making of the film
  3. An online viewing of the film when.

€75 – Shukran!

  1. A special thanks on the films website
  2. regular updates on the making of the film
  3. An online viewing of the film when.
  4. a digital HD download of the film(when the film has finished its festival run)

€100 – Shukran!

    1. A special thanks on the films website
    2. regular updates on the making of the film
    3. An online viewing of the film when.
    4. a digital HD download of the film(when the film has finished its festival run)
    5. a personalized digital album with set photos and stills from the film

     

€150 and more – Shukran!

    1. A special thanks on the films website
    2. regular updates on the making of the film
    3. An online viewing of the film when.
    4. a digital HD download of the film(when the film has finished its festival run)
    5. a personalized digital album with set photos and stills from the film
    6. The “making of the film”

     

The link for our project to fund

https://gogetfunding.com/into-the-camp-film-2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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