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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
11 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
07 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
07 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
06 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
06 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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The Wedding Dress Tailor of Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By jmontasir
02 Jun 2014

Madame Zeinab is a feisty, 60 year-old tailor who operates a small workshop in Cairo making wedding dresses. As she pieces together the fabric, she reflects on her own love life –and how the dream of marriage is getting harder for many Egyptians to achieve.

Length 3.10 minutes
Location Cairo, Egypt
Film by Jenny Montasir
Prod. Assistant Ghada Fikri
Music C. Filipe Alves

SHOT LIST:

1 WS Giza street from above
2 MS Fruit sellers working
3 WS Busy street with traffic
4 WS Omraneya commercial street
5 MS Exterior sewing shop
6 MS Madame Zeinab entering workshop
7 CS Madame Zeinab hands moving white fabric on work desk
8 TC Madame Zeinab explains workday
9 CS Madame Zeinab hands draws and measures around dress pattern
10 CS Sewing machine
11 CS Sewing needle and hands moving fabric
12 CS Madame Zeinab eyes
13 MS Religious texts on wall
14 CS Black and white thread spools
15 MS Madame Zeinab stretches at sewing table
16 MS Crowded workroom, ironing board
17 CU Scissors and rhinestone trim
18 WS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with wedding dress
19 CU Madame Zeinab hand-sewing rhinestones to collar
20 MS Madame Zeinab flipping through notebook with sketches, speaking to off-camera customers
21 WS Madame Zeinab speaking with two female customers
22 TC Madame Zeinab jokes about why customers want to have their own wedding dress
23 WS Giza neighborhood from above
24 WS Omraneya street, teenage boy walking with baby
25 CU Photo of married couple in shop window
26 MS Wedding dress in shop window, traffic moving in reflection
27 MS Older man in street counts money at shop entrance
28 CU Exterior wedding tent
29 MS Children inside wedding tent
30 WS Bride and groom climb onto elevated platform
31 WS Seated women clapping
32 MS Young girl twirls bouquet, pan to seated bride
33 CS Twinkling lights strung in tent
34 CS Young man hypes crowd on microphone, other young man dances alongside him
35 MS Young men dancing frenetically in crowd
36 MS Bride and groom dance in a circle of guests
37 WS Giza street evening
38 MS Madame Zeinab discusses wedding dress design with her daughter
39 CS Notebook and ruler on workdesk
40 WS Madame Zeinab arranging white fabric on work desk
41 MS Madame Zeinab hobbles into break room
42 CS Colorful spools of thread
43 MS Madame Zeinab drinking tea
44 WS Daughter watching political rally on TV
45 CU Daughter's looking up toward TV
46 TC Madame Zeinab on hope for future
47 MS Madame Zeinab working on dress, reflected in mirror
48 MS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with white fabric, makes joke about getting married

SHOT LIST - Rough Version
1 WS Giza street from above
2 MS Fruit sellers working
3 WS Busy street with traffic
4 WS Omraneya commercial street
5 MS Exterior sewing shop
6 MS Madame Zeinab entering workshop
7 CS Madame Zeinab hands moving white fabric on work desk
8 CS Madame Zeinab hands draws and measures around dress pattern
9 CS Sewing machine
10 CS Sewing needle and hands moving fabric
11 CS Madame Zeinab eyes
12 MS Religious texts on wall
13 CS Black and white thread spools
14 MS Madame Zeinab stretches at sewing table
15 MS Crowded workroom, ironing board
16 CU Scissors and rhinestone trim
17 WS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with wedding dress
18 CU Madame Zeinab hand-sewing rhinestones to collar
19 MS Madame Zeinab flipping through notebook with sketches, speaking to off-camera customers
20 WS Madame Zeinab speaking with two female customers
21 WS Giza neighborhood from above
22 WS Omraneya street, teenage boy walking with baby
23 CU Photo of married couple in shop window
24 MS Wedding dress in shop window, traffic moving in reflection
25 MS Older man in street counts money at shop entrance
26 CU Exterior wedding tent
27 MS Children inside wedding tent
28 WS Bride and groom climb onto elevated platform
29 WS Seated women clapping
30 MS Young girl twirls bouquet, pan to seated bride
31 CS Twinkling lights strung in tent
32 CS Young man hypes crowd on microphone, other young man dances alongside him
33 MS Young men dancing frenetically in crowd
34 MS Bride and groom dance in a circle of guests
35 WS Giza street evening
36 MS Madame Zeinab discusses wedding dress design with her daughter
37 CS Notebook and ruler on work desk
38 WS Madame Zeinab arranging white fabric on work desk
39 MS Madame Zeinab hobbles into break room
40 CS Colorful spools of thread
41 MS Madame Zeinab drinking tea
42 WS Daughter watching political rally on TV
43 CU Daughter's looking up toward TV
44 MS Madame Zeinab working on dress, reflected in mirror
45 TC Madame Zeinab explains workday
46 TC Madame Zeinab jokes about why customers want to have their own wedding dress
47 TC Madame Zeinab on hope for future
48 MS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with white fabric, makes joke about getting married

SCRIPT
01:00:12:19-01:00:15:13
My name is Madame Zeinab.
01:00:15:22-01:00:18:22
I have a shop called Al-Karawan in Omraneya.
01:00:19:13-01:00:22:14
We can sew anything.
01:00:25:06-01:00:29:11
I'm here by 10am and I don't go home until 12 at night.
01:00:32:03-01:00:35:16
I stand and cut.
I sit at the machine, and I iron.
01:00:35:17-01:00:37:17
I do everything by myself.
01:00:41:01-01:00:43:06
I got a sewing machine for my engagement
01:00:43:07-01:00:45:17
so I could help my husband and work.
01:00:47:08-01:00:49:20
He was a primary school teacher in Al-Azhar.
01:00:51:02-01:00:52:17
I have five children,
01:00:52:18-01:00:55:18
and their father has been dead for 30 years.
01:00:59:22-01:01:02:03
Nowadays most people just rent.
01:01:02:10-01:01:05:22
It's hard for a woman to buy when
she can barely afford to get married.
01:01:05:23-01:01:09:18
She can't afford the furnishings.
So why would she buy a dress for 3000 pounds?
01:01:14:20-01:01:16:19
A lot of people say, 'I want to tailor my own dress
01:01:16:20-01:01:19:04
to have as a memory in my wardrobe.'
01:01:19:05-01:01:22:17
Whenever she sees it
she'll remember her wedding day.
01:01:22:18-01:01:24:14
Whatever marital problems happen afterward,
01:01:24:15-01:01:26:17
when she sees the dress, she'll calm down.
01:01:29:07-01:01:33:10
I got married in a time when
people married at 18 years old.
01:01:35:13-01:01:37:22
Of course marriage was much easier back then.
01:01:37:23-01:01:42:05
Life was cheap and things weren't
as scarce as they are now.
01:01:51:20-01:01:54:21
A woman can't stay unmarried.
01:01:54:22-01:01:56:18
If she doesn't get married,
what will people say?
01:01:56:19-01:01:59:20
It's even better to get married and get divorced.
01:01:59:21-01:02:03:03
Then at least she can say, 'Yes, I got married.
But I have bad luck.'
01:02:24:14-01:02:26:16
I have a daughter who's a teacher,
01:02:26:17-01:02:29:04
and I have Ahmed who has a bachelor in commerce.
01:02:29:05-01:02:32:22
Osama has a diploma, and Mohamed
has a bachelor in commerce, too.
01:02:32:23-01:02:36:19
But because there's no work, one of them is
a taxi driver and the others do whatever.
01:02:39:23-01:02:36:18
[On radio] The Egyptian Revolution of January 25th, 01:02:39:22-01:02:42:09
the greatest achievement of which was...
01:02:43:09-01:02:45:03
Because of the conditions of the country,
01:02:45:04-01:02:47:13
the youth can't find apartments.
There's no place to live.
01:02:47:14-01:02:50:01
This is what's stopping life.
01:02:50:02-01:02:54:15
Our hope is that this changes
so that the country gets better.
01:02:54:16-01:02:56:08
Enough with the destruction.
01:02:59:19-01:03:02:09
I'm 60 years old and I want to get married.
01:03:04:12-01:03:06:18
I want to get married.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
30 Apr 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
30 Apr 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
13 Nov 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
28 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
28 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
19 Sep 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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A Story of a Syrian Village
Homs, Syria
By Smart Media
07 May 2013

Oyoun Hsain is a small village located in the northeastern countryside of Homs with a population of less than 4000 people.

The area was not subjected to either armed or peaceful revolutionary movements, but it fell victim to shelling and other destructive measures.

A massacre was on the verge of occurring, but the Free Syrian Army intervened and stopped it by evacuating the villagers away.

However, many people were killed due to the continuous shelling by warplanes, artillery and tanks from the battalion next to the village. Mercenaries also broke into the village several times and killed people. In addition to that, more than 120 people were kidnapped. Until this moment, nobody knows anything about what happened to those kidnapped people.

The film shows the destruction in the village after the evacuation of its inhabitants.

The buildings’ ruins embed the village’s memory, the people’s properties and their children’s food.

The film authenticates the story of the village. The film is a call for humanity sent to the neighboring villages, where mercenaries live in and still support the regime. It reminds them of the past years when they lived peacefully together; when all the sects in Syria lived in peaceful coexistence.

The film aims to wake up the remnant of humanity and mercy in neighbors’ hearts; the friends yesterday and the executioners today.

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Abdul Rahman Ali

‘I’m an ambulance driver and during the revolution I drove through battles in every single one Libya’s cities. But an ambulance driver’s pay isn’t a lot. After the revolution, when it was impossible to get money out from the banks, we couldn’t pay the rent and I decided to move my family in here.

‘The government hasn’t done much for the poor. It helped us in moving here and allowed us to stay, but it isn’t a real solution. People come here from miles around to dump their rubbish. Due to that issue, the children have to stay in the house most of the time because it’s too dangerous to play outside.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Mohamed Adbeeb Mohamed

‘When I was in the army, the army gave me house but they took it away when I left in 1988. After that, I rented a place. After the revolution I couldn’t afford rent anymore and I came here in November 2011. I live with my three sons, their wives, and children. There’s 16 of us in total. Bab Al Azizia's population is around 400 people.'

‘All of the people who live in the ruins of Bab Al-Azizia are good people. Many have seen a lot of suffering in their life but still persevere.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Portraits of squatters living in the Bab Al-Azizia compound Tripoli

Anwar Mohamed

‘I’ve been here for a year and a half. A lot of people started living here a year and a half ago. I’m a builder but after the revolution I had no job and I had to move out. Now there’s work, but it comes and goes."

‘When we moved in it was just an open space. I built the interior wall and the window and now it’s a decent place to live. The police never bother us, in fact they some times come around just to check that everything is alright.’

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Living in the Ruins of Gaddafi's Comp...
Tripoli, Libya
By Tripcarbons
05 Apr 2013

Portraits of squatters living in the Bab Al-Azizia compound in Tripoli.

Anwar Mohamed

‘I’ve been here for a year and a half. A lot of people started living here a year and a half ago. I’m a builder, but after the revolution I lost my job and I had to move out. Now there’s work, but it comes and goes.'

‘When we moved in, the apartment was just an open space. I built the interior wall and the window. It is now a decent place to live. The police never bother us, in fact, some times, they come around just to check that everything is alright.’

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A Woman Tells Her Tale
Saraqib, Syria
By Rachel Beth Anderson
29 Apr 2012

A woman recounts her tale of finding her neighbor killed by a collapsed building in Saraqib.

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Fears of Economic Depression Loom in ...
Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
24 Apr 2012

The international community is going to hand over full responsibility of the security and defense of Afghanistan to Afghan forces by 2014. It has been declared by the international community that the military pullout of the international forces will be accompanied with a reduction in aid money.

This happens at a time when 90 percent of GDP of Afghanistan is dependent on the foreign aid, and within the past ten years, solid measures to help Afghanistan become self sustainable financially have not been taken by the Afghan government and its international benefactors.

Many in Afghanistan believe that the reduction of aid without solid measures will lead to a financial crisis in Afghanistan, which will pave the ground for political instability and pervasive insecurity.

According to the World Bank's recent report TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN LOOKING BEYOND 2014, which came out in November 2011, the reduction in aid money will reduce civilian service delivery and will thus lead to economic depression.

The report says, "Aid for Afghanistan in 2010-11 was about $15.7 billion and World Bank's estimation suggests that a $0.5 billion decline in the external budget, which is going to happen, could affect 11,000-18,000 job opportunities in Afghanistan (on a six-month basis.)

Amar Rezayee, who is 23-year-old Afghan and an employee of one of the projects of USAID, which is the biggest donor in Afghanistan, says,

Translation sound bite #1, Amar Rezayee (USAID employee) (00:57- 1:52): "After 2014 the situation in Afghanistan will get worse because America says that they will take their troops out of Afghanistan, so it will effect security and will also have a bad affect on the economic situation in Afghanistan. Now there are a lot of salaries from USAID that are very high and can help me pay for my tuition at the American University of Afghanistan. But when Americans leave this country there will be high salaries for a limited number of people. Personally for me, it will have a very bad effect and I will not be able to attend this university because I won't be able to pay."

The World Bank report also states that In 2010/11, total public spending, including the “core budget” and “external budget,” was $17.1 billion.

Of this total spending, $15.7 billion was financed by international aid and only $1.9 billion of it was Afghanistan's budget.

Some people in Kabul are already scared of Afghanistan's future after 2014.

Vox Populi:

Translation Sound bite #2 Shafiq saighani (Kabul resident) (2:00-2:27) " If the US leaves Afghanistan, the financial support will be cut from Afghanistan, educational scholarships will be cut from Afghanistan, the unemployment will raise up and not only Taliban but also Iran and Pakistan will interfere in Afghanistan's affairs."

Analysts are also pessimistic about Afghanistan's future because of the foreseeable economic crisis after 2014.

Translation Sound bite #3, Candace Rondeaux (Crisis Group’s senior analyst in Kabul)(2:47-4:33) "The impact of the economical transition and the lack of planning will be tremendous. Politically it increases competition between Afghan elites. but more importantly what it does is it creates an environment of instability and insecurity and that I think will create incentives around the accedes of many, many Afghans for major capital flight, and also it will raise competition and rivalry between communities that could become very, very violent.

The impact of the internationals being present here has increased income tenfold for the average Afghan man. It has created opportunities for Afghan women, which weren't there before. Once all of that collapses, first there is the impact on the family life which is going to be tremendous. Where women once had the ability to go out and work and find some sort of independence, I think that will go away quickly, in fact I think that will be the first thing that will go away. For young men, who have been earning a thousand dollars a month or in some case five thousand dollars if they were working on an international organization, for them, they have been in a certain standard of living in the past ten years and have become completely dependent on this type of money. They have cars now, they have got houses to maintain and suddenly that goes away. Imagine the impact on the family; already there is a lot of intentions around money issues in every family, doesn't matter if its Afghan or American but when income starts to shrink that always has an impact."

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"Living the Love" - Documentary about...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By Gloria Kurnik
08 Feb 2012

In depth portrait of the Hindu Thaipusam festival held annually in Malaysia in January. A unique take on the events through the eyes of a participating couple.
This short documentary is produced in a "personal journey" or "character driven" style.

Synopsis:
Piercing the body out of faith is a custom in most of the oldest religions. Though it may induce fear, doubt and anxiety, it is also associated with a certain sense of mysticism and spirituality. The viewer witnesses here the Thaipusam - the magical Hindu festival where devotees in a state of trance, painlessly carry offerings in the form of heavy burdens and/or have a range of intriguing attachments hooked to their body.

But beyond the images of unbelievable crowds and fanfare, the viewer can also witness the love, trust and devotion merging into an expression of faith through self-sacrifice.

For many, Thaipusam is all about the flourish and the obscure customs. For many tourists, it is the defining evidence of the unique multi-cultural life in Malaysia. For many amateur photographers, it’s one of those places where you capture that ‘one’ unforgettable picture. For some it's a story of love...