At Cannes, Syrian docu filmmaker highlights Assad regime’s continuing attacks on hospitals 

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Waad Al-Kateab and her colleagues stage a poster protest against the Syrian regime's excesses on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. (Ammar Abd Rabboo/Arab News)
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Waad Al-Kateab and her colleagues stage a poster protest against the Syrian regime's excesses on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. (Ammar Abd Rabboo/Arab News)
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Waad Al-Kateab and her colleagues stage a poster protest against the Syrian regime's excesses on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. (Ammar Abd Rabboo/Arab News)
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Waad Al-Kateab and her colleagues stage a poster protest against the Syrian regime's excesses on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. (Ammar Abd Rabboo/Arab News)
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Waad Al-Kateab and her colleagues stage a poster protest against the Syrian regime's excesses on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. (Ammar Abd Rabboo/Arab News)
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Waad Al-Kateab and her colleagues stage a poster protest against the Syrian regime's excesses on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. (Ammar Abd Rabboo/Arab News)
Updated 16 May 2019

At Cannes, Syrian docu filmmaker highlights Assad regime’s continuing attacks on hospitals 

  • Syrian docu film maker highlights systematic destruction of hospitals by Assad regime at Cannes
  • Waad Al-Kateab documentary film "For Sama" is considered among the "rising stars" to watch for at the annual film festival

JEDDAH: Arab documentary maker Waad Al-Kateab led a protest on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday to highlight the Assad regime's continuing attacks on hospitals in Syria.
The film director and her colleagues posed with protest posters on the red carpet calling on the Syrian regime to stop its systematic destruction of medical facilities in opposition-held areas.
"Stop bombing hospitals," the posters screamed.
Al-Kateab is in Cannes where her documentary film "For Sama" is considered among the "rising stars" to watch for at the annual film festival.
“For Sama” records five years of Al-Kateab’s own life as an aspiring journalist in her besieged hometown of Aleppo, marrying one of the last doctors in the city and giving birth to her daughter, to whom the film is dedicated.
The documentary is a kind of letter to the little girl, explaining how she was born into the conflict and what happened to her home.
Al-Kateab, who now lives in London, won an Emmy award in 2017 for her films from inside Aleppo for Britain’s Channel 4 News, which are believed to be the most watched of any reports from the war.
Her shocking footage of the struggle to save babies and children in the city’s final hospital — in which she ended up living — brought home the horror inflicted on civilians.
The Syrian government had been accused of attacking hospitals starting in 2012 as the "Arab Spring" style peaceful protests, which began in 2011, degenerated into a civil war after dictator Bashir Al-Assad opted to fight it to cling to power.
Amnesty International documented "more than 300 attacks on medical facilities by Syrian and Russian forces" in 2015 alone.
In 2016, the Syrian American Medical Society recorded 252 attacks on Syrian health care centers, among them a facility run by the Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), which was hit in an airstrike in the morning of February 15, leaving 25 people dead, including nine health care workers and five children.
An article on Wikipedia compiled numerous incidents of attacks on Syrian hospitals, citing various news reports, and put the blame of Syrian and Russian forces. Moscow and Damascus officials have repeatedly denied deliberately targeting medical facilities.

The war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.
 

(With AFP)

 


‘I pinch myself every moment because I’m living a dream’: YouTube star Liza Koshy

The US actress gave a talk on Thursday at ON.DXB. (AFP)
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‘I pinch myself every moment because I’m living a dream’: YouTube star Liza Koshy

  • Koshy, now an established star in her field, started her career in 2013 on Vine
  • Now with more than 17.7 million subscribers on YouTube, Koshy has her own YouTube originals show.

DUBAI: From Vine and YouTube to acting and hosting, Liza Koshy admits she has to pinch herself when she considers her rise to fame.

“I’m living a dream that I didn’t even think of dreaming before,” the US actress revealed during a talk on Thursday at ON.DXB — an event in Dubai dedicated to film, gaming, music and video. 

Koshy, now an established star in her field, started her career in 2013 on Vine, a short-form video hosting service on which users shared six-second-long, looping video clips.

Koshy has more than 17.7 million subscribers on YouTube. (AFP)

“Vine came out then I had a career all of a sudden out of nowhere,” she told the audience. “Vine was a giant group chat for me and my friends, so I only had my friends following me. I was creating videos for them. It was like six people at the time and that’s kind of what social media was back then.

“I had a really tiny circle with three friends and now it’s grown to like three something, something, something. It’s been a while, a wild journey. But that’s how it started. I was just making videos in my car, making videos in my bathroom, making videos in my living room; making my home essentially a set,” said the 23-year-old.

“There was a point where I was pursuing this career – I didn’t realize it was a career at the time – (I was) just making videos. My dad actually took away my phone so that I would study for the SATs, little did he know though that I had an iPad underneath my bed, and I continued making those videos every night,” Koshy added.

It was only when people started approaching her to have their pictures taken with her, that her father realized that she might actually be able to make a career out of it, she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now with more than 17.7 million subscribers on YouTube, Koshy has her own YouTube originals show.

“Liza on Demand,” which premiered on June 27, 2018 on YouTube Premium, is an American comedy web television series starring Koshy, “Orange is the New Black” actress Kimiko Glenn, and television actor Travis Coles. The cast follows Koshy who completes odd jobs around Los Angeles via a phone application.

The show’s second season premiered on Sept. 25 this year.

“I pinch myself every moment because I’m living a dream that I didn’t even think of dreaming before,” Koshy added.

“You see actors going up on these childhood TV shows and you don’t imagine ever creating your own really and then to have the ability to do so in the palm of your hands today, your career and literally be at your fingertips and that’s what it was for me.”