A Four-day Film Camp at Bolu, Turkey With AL SHARQ YOUTH

I remember how i recieved that acceptance email, when Bayan and I were watching the new oscar nominated, Hidden Figures, I woke up the next day checking my mail , to see that my team was accepted in the film camp!


“every experience is a form of exploration.”

I packed for turkey and I’ve always loved visiting this country, which I was already filming its great city, istanbul.

On feb 9th , a rainy day it was, bayan and I headed to the al sharq forum building, I remember the first impression to each member of  the camp mates , we were seven teams , from maybe 6 different nationalities. we all sat at the meeting room table, two girls came to introduce them selves… a girl setting a the edge of the table was staring ..three talkative men with lovely egyption accent at the corner .. we went down the elevator with two young men mocking our matching lugagges..and further more a very talkative guy discussing his script all the way to Bolu..





And we are here in Abant, Bolu, Turkey..

we started the sessions with the one of his kind Mr. Ayed Naba’a 

by defining CINEMA.

Which is simply,


Mr. Ayed taught us to know our selves, and to speak for our ideas , our beliefs, and to look for achieving the best of cinemas more than looking for red carpets and lights! he taught us to observe! and observe more..

he taught us to build up a thousand  film out of one location, based on the dramatic structure,

and eventually making a concise story , and well understood..

                                                        “وعندما استيقظ ، كان الديناصور ما يزال هناك”




the Flawless Ala Hamdan on her own taught us to ” think personal , but think big!” and to show not to tell.

or the fact that Hitchcock was the first director to use the toilets in a movie scene.

the movies scripts discussion were so much fun and knowledgable,

from short films to feature film and oscar winning like 12 years a slave.





This four-day camp took us beyond the knowledge and experience, through the camp days we didnt only learn screen writing skills, we learnt culture, life, hope, struggle,           shared stories of survivng, built new friends, we all became one family, sharing different cultures, traditions, accents, stories, but we all speak filmmaking language!


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with the turkish director , Muhmut Coskun , as we all watched togather his award   winning film Uzak Ihtimal.


at the end of these four days, the girl who was setting at the edge of table was Cyrine, the lovely tunisian young lady who joined my group , and overwhelmed us with her passion to the italian and irani cinema, the three egyption men , were Mr. abu el fotooh the director, Mr. Noah the DOP who couldnt stop sharing his lovely stoties in shootings, and Mr. Ramadan, the three were very experienced and gave us alot from their experience, the one who sound to be very talkative was Ahmad from palestine the one with green jacket and big smile in our group photo, who made a very impressive descision at the end of this trip hope he can share his new journey with us , the two guys who went down the elevator with us were Amir and Abdelrahman from egypt the two have worked on a very impressive short film called “ghareeb” these two added a very lovely touch with their sense of humor, Omayma from Algeria and Islam from Jordan were the two girls to introduce them selves, i wouldnt forget to mention the one who kept following us with his camera, and filmed all our unforgetable moments , Basel Al Banyasi, also the calm syrian team who are filming stories of surviving , at last but not least the ones who shared our table with, the palestinian team.




at the end of this post I want to truly thank Mr. Amer for such a great opportunity , the lovely Firdous , and shermeen , and the one who inspired us Mr. Montaser Marai.

T H A N K   Y O U     A L S H A R Q    Y O U  T H


 Bolu short clip link :Video189views20comments



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