Sleepless in Gaza and Jerusalem is a video diary about four young Palestinian women, Muslim and Christian, two living in Gaza and two in Arab Jerusalem/West Bank
PINA TV Production camera crews will be covering Ashira Ramadan, a broadcast journalist based in Jerusalem; Ashiras friend in Gaza, the documentary film maker Nagham Mohanna; Dona Maria Mattas, a 17 year-old student at the Holy Family School in Gaza who dreams of growing up to be a journalist and Ala Khayo Mkari who works with Caritas in Jerusalem.
The intention of this series is neither rant nor rhetoric. It is rather an opportunity for all of us, who do not live in Gaza, occupied Arab Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank to grasp how these four Palestinian women live out their daily lives, precisely because their lives are stories that journalists are too often told by their editors to think of almost dismissively as human interest and almost necessarily conflict driven.
Sleepless is Gazaand Jerusalem documents how –as human beings — these four Palestinians can also experience moments of personal and community achievement, and the warmth of friends and family life that in real life is possible even in the most difficult circumstances of siege and occupation.
The series launches on Monday March lst it should be available in the afternoon on the East Coast of the United States and Canada, at night in the UK, late at night in the Middle East and even later going further east. We hope, quite soon, to have a better sense of timing. Each episode runs 26 minutes and will be shot, edited and uploaded each day for six days a week. On Friday, we all rest.
This series is produced by PINA TV Productions for Radiant Circle.
Directed by Ramzi Khoury. Executive producers: Abdallah Schleifer and Walid Sababa.
We can be reached at: SleeeplessinGaza@gmail.com