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EGYPT & LEBANON: A Slow-motion Tour

Filmmaker Khalid Mohtaseb takes us on a slow-motion journey through the deserts, crowded streets, back alleys, rooftops, farms and playgrounds of Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon. 


IRAN: First Girl to Surf

Outfitted in hijab surfwear, Ireland's leading woman surfer, 26 year old Easkey Britton, headed to a remote area of Iran, a short strip of coast lying in a narrow swell window between Pakistan and the Gulf of Oman. She was the first woman to surf Iran, as far as we know. Of the experience she quoted Marie Curie, "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."

Read Easkey's first hand account of her trip here

JORDAN: A City in Motion

Travel to the bustling city of Amman--the capital of Jordan and one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world--in this beautiful time-lapse video. Amman is home to 2.8 million people and serves as Jordan's political, commercial, and cultural center.



SYRIA: A New Perspective

These are not the images of Syria--a country that has been engaged in a violent civil war since 2011--that we typically see produced in the media. This striking video highlights the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Syria, providing us with a new perspective on what daily life is like inside this closed-off nation.



YEMEN: Shake the Dust

Breaking away from cultural stereotypes, “Shake the Dust” celebrates the passion, energy and power behind break-dancing and hip hop in countries that are affected by war, disease and poverty. As director Adam Sjoberg says, the documentary “seeks to paint a picture of the struggles the characters have—but only as a backdrop to the real story—one of hope and beauty.”