During the past few weeks any mention of the Gaza Strip conjures horrendous images of dead and mutilated children…high profile victims perceived as expendable by both sides in this on-going conflict.
Last year we made ’15 in Gaza’, a film about Shurooq, a young Palestinian girl who is celebrating her fifteenth birthday. We see her and her best friend Mai, two bright, intelligent, fun-loving girls as they talk about their hopes and ambitions in this besieged war ravaged territory. They talk of family, clothes, marriage and education…we see them as they walk among the ruins of a bombed-out school where Shurooq talks of her desire to become an architect and to help re-build her shattered community.
As the bombs continue to fall on Gaza, they are not only destroying schools and homes but also the hopes and dreams of a whole generation of talented youngsters…
If we as human beings have truly evolved, how is it possible we can witness such breathtaking abuses of power?…
If you would like to meet Shurooq and Mai, please click on the link:
Director: Wesam Mousa/ Co-director: Rana Ayoub
Produced by Aconite Productions/ Commissioned by Aljazeera English
Pictured (Clockwise): Victor Kossakovsky, Joslyn Barnes, and Heino Deckert with Aconite’s Aimara Reques.
Aconite’s Aimara Reques is currently hard at work developing one of the company’s current projects: Aquarela.
Directed by Victor Kossakovsky, Aquarela takes us on an epic journey, at the heart of which is the majestic element: water. Filming from an iceberg as it ruptures from a polar ice sheet and traverses the open sea, we experience the beauty of this essential life-giving element as well as its shattering power.
The project is developing well. We are currently in the funding stage and have been meeting with distributors, sale agencies and potential financiers in the US, and aim to have the financing in place by the end of 2014.
The pink carpets were out last night to launch the 21st edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest.
The screening of PULP – the opening film of the Fest – was a celebration of the noble people of Sheffield and in that sense it was a great pleasure for Aconite to be there.
Sheffield Doc/Fest is the biggest documentary event in the UK and we have a busy week of pitching meetings, watching great films and continuing to expand our network of like-minded documentary lovers.
We wish Sheffield Doc/Fest a happy 21st Anniversary and hope that the Festival continues to grow and expand as it has done over the past years.
We love Doc/Fest and their generous team.
We are delighted to introduce Everybody’s Child today to a group of young homeless people at the Quarriers Stopover Project.