Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – in a collaboration between the Mosul fine arts academy, a Belgian theatre company and United Nations (UN) cultural agency Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 19 students are getting a chance to make their first short films.
“We live in Mosul, we know everything that happened,” said 20-year-old theatre student Mohammed Fawaz. “We want to show it all to the world through cinema.”
Over a four-month course, students get a taste of everything from writing and shooting to acting and editing, according to Milo Rau, artistic director of Belgian NTGent theatre company who is behind the initiative.
Cameras and microphones in hand, the students are now hitting Mosul’s streets to tell stories from their wounded city.