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Discussion of “Let’s Watch a Movie” Project by Students

Monday, December 2, 2019

During the discussion of “Grape Leaves (Waraq Dawali)” movie by Sarah Abdawi

The Deanship of Student Affairs in AAUP organized a project entitled “Let’s Watch a Movie” under collaboration with “Shashat Woman Cinema”. This project enhances students’ capabilities in group discussions and presentations, and enables them to actively contribute in building a democratic community that respects human rights and diversity. 

After discussing the movie “Kilimanjaro Girls” for director Maisa AlSha’er, the student Nermeen Abu Tbaikh said that she appreciates this chance that she is standing and talking in front of audience. She said that this project is good for teaching them how to do time management and run discussions by asking and answering questions. It encouraged audience to express their opinions. 

On the other hand, student Ro’ya Assal asserted that her discussion of “Al Kofyyeh” for Afnan Qatrawi, enabled her to criticize movies and how to use them to serve national, local and community causes. She also mentioned that she has learned from the experience of the written report that explains the most important aspects of the movie and the audience opinions.

Student Sarah Abdawi from the Faculty of Dentistry, talked about her experience in presenting “Warq Dawali” movie for the director Dina Amin. She said that what was special about the movie is the similarity between the story of the movie that talks about the experience of a Syrian lady who moved to live in Jerusalem, and her own family’s story who originally are Algerians. This movie and this experience have greatly affected her.  

Dr. Bashar Daraghmeh explained how AAUP always tries to encourage students to try as many experiences as possible to develop their personalities and enhance their skills in presenting and discussion in front of others. Those movies were a great chance for discussion, especially that the movies have focus on the causes of the community, and were directed by youth Palestinians and discussed by youth Palestinians as well.

“Let’s Watch a Movie” is a project implemented by “Shashat Woman Cinema”, “Association of Female University Graduates” and “Sunflower Association”. This project is a cultural and community related project that started three years ago and is funded by the European Union, the Switzerland institution CFD and Poland Representative in Palestine.

Ro’ya Assal in her discussion to the movie “Al Kofyyeh”
Narmeen Abu Tbaikh in her discussion for the movie “Kiliminjaro Girls”