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Ambulance

A film by Mohamed Jabaly that provides an intimate account of the last war in Gaza from the perspective of an ambulance crew

Fields of Knowledge
  • Health / Sustainability
  • Social Justice

Organizing Institutions

BlackStar, Slought

Organizers

Nehad Khader

Opens to public

04/15/2019

Time

7-9pm

Address

Slought
4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Slought is pleased to announce Ambulance (2016), a film by Mohamed Jabaly that provides an intimate account of the last war in Gaza from the perspective of an ambulance crew, on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm in the Mediatheque. The program, co-presented with BlackStar, will begin with a screening of the film, and will be followed by a discussion with director Mohamed Jabaly and BlackStar's Program Director Nehad Khader. Please note that the film features graphic images and scenes. This event has been organized in conjunction with The Image-Event: A Joint Struggle, an exhibition revisiting the photographic archive of the Activestills Collective, on display through April 30, 2019.

Ambulance provides a raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza. Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, aspires to make films despite the lack of water, electricity, and closed borders that are part of every 'normal' day under the 7-year Israeli blockade of Gaza. As he looks for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future, the war begins. Jabaly decides he cannot merely 'wait for death' and joins an ambulance crew to document the violence.

Mohamed comes of age among broken bodies, terrified families, and the constant risk of sudden death. He has never witnessed the effects of violence up-close, yet within the first days of the war, he finds himself helping victims of a massacre. When four 9-year old boys are hit by a missile on Gaza Beach, they are one of the first crews on the scene. The turning point comes when Jabaly and his team are hit by a bomb while inside a building. Abo Marzouq, the captain of the team, is injured, and Mohamed struggles with despair and the urge to run away. To make the film, Jabaly must work through events and images of unprocessed pain, ultimately hoping that a human connection can be made with his viewers.

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Mohamed Jabaly is a Palestinian filmmaker and artist from Gaza, living and working as a film director in Norway since 2014. Working at several organizations, he trains kids and young adults in filmmaking and photography. He has shot several short films and documentaries, and participated in film festivals and conferences in Europe, USA, and the Arab world.

Mohamed's first feature documentary Ambulance, received the BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award, and the FIPA d'Or Award and Jury Award for best feature documentary at FIPA in France.