It Takes a Village to Make This Film: Dead Sea acting workshop nets a short
- IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE THIS FILM
April 7, 2008
Dozens of boys and girls gathered for the one-day acting workshop led
by Jordanian screen actress Nadia Odeh. But only a few were admitted
this time. The look of disappointment on the faces of those who were
left out was too much to bear. So we came up with the idea of making a
film that anyone in the village who showed up for the training can act
What a great idea to keep the momentum going in this small
impoverished village in the Jordanian Dead Sea community of Ghour
The film idea was silly and simple enough to shoot unscripted and with
the least amount of rehearsals. When it was explained to the young
talents from the village, it was an easy sell. And in no time, it was
The laughs and the smiles form our talents, young and old, made it
worth everyone's while.
Our talented 15-years-old Suhayb Ja'a'raat, who already acted in
another short titled Rasha, takes the lead role as the unscrupulous
local producer, manager of YaHalaWood Films, who wants to promote his
film production services at any cost.
Dr. Suhayb meets with Hollywood filmmaker Jon Pierre (Rabee Zureikat)
and Hollywood stars Su Su (Nadia Odeh) and Feetoo (Fathi Hwaimel) who
are looking for a local producer to make an action film about killing
evildoers. It was a match made in heaven.
The end product is a promotional video for YaHalaWood Films,
showcasing their success with Hollywood and advertising their low prices.
The whole experience was a blast. We made a few dreams come true in a
small way as kids acted small parts. Maybe some of those who
experienced the making of this short will be inspired to pursue their
passion in filmmaking. We have seen it before.
The acting workshop was organized by Rabee
Zureikat, cooperative filmmaker and founder of the Zikra Initiative,
and the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative, a non-profit indie filmmaking
Special thanks to screen star Nadia Odeh for volunteering her time to
put a smile on the faces of children and adults alike in Ghour Maz'ra'a.
Hope Films: Tales from The Dead Sea
The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative
(for more films, search Google Video for "amman filmmakers")
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