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Hi. We’re the Gaza Narratives collective. We are Sara Shaltony, Nour Khatib, and Hoda Khatib – a group of student activists, friends, and colleagues from Montreal, Canada. We’re going to Gaza this August to contribute to ongoing efforts to contextualize the Palestinian struggle and to document the lives of Gazans and Palestinian resistance. We aim to create as much independent media in English, French, and Arabic, in our time there, across all platforms – radio, television, and print – but, we need your help.
We need to raise $3000 to cover the costs of our trip. So, we’re turning to you to ask for contributions. In exchange, we’re offering a DVD copy of our final product film documentary, our video production services, and producer credits on our film!
Your contributions will help us tell Gaza’s stories, raise awareness about Gaza and Palestine in Canada and beyond, and contribute to the documentation of Palestinian resistance. Our deepest gratitude to all those who contribute to our initiative!
We met a few years ago while working for Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – a student group that organizes events to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle on campus and across Canada.
Together, we’ve co-organized lectures, film screenings, and photo exhibits to better contextualize Palestinian resistance and Israeli occupation.
We’ve had many conversations about Palestine with many Canadians throughout the term of our organizing work, and we noticed a lot of misconceptions about many Palestinian issues and the “territories”, more specifically: Gaza. People argued since the “Wall” (Israel’s apartheid wall built around and throughout the West Bank in order to enforce a system of segregation) wasn’t in Gaza, there were no settlements or Israeli soldiers inside the territory (unlike the West Bank), and they had seen pictures of “malls” and chocolate products in the grocery stores (which apparently completely undermined Israel’s tight siege over the Strip), so, they asked, what exactly was so terrible about living in Gaza?
We finally decided the best way to explain, was to go Gaza ourselves and send back raw narratives straight from the Strip. And so, we began planning our trip, we recently purchased our travel tickets, and we’ll be in Gaza from August 18 – September 6.
I am a 25-year-old Palestinian-Canadian. I took a double major in Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Economics at Concordia University in Montreal.
I love both print and broadcast (TV and radio) journalism, and have written for The Link (Concordia campus) and The National (U.A.E) newspapers and produced several short film and audio documentaries. I currently work as a producer and host on The Friday Morning After on CKUT Radio, Montreal’s grassroots community radio station.
I have been involved in the Palestinian solidarity movement in Montreal since 2007.
I’m a 23-year-old Finance student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
I’ve trained on various video and audio editing software and have co-produced and co-edited several short documentaries.
I have been involved with campus Palestinian solidarity groups for the last few years, and have worked extensively to raise awareness about Palestinian human rights.
I speak Arabic, French, and English fluently.
I’m a 23-year-old Mathematics student at Université de Montréal.
I am deeply passionate about the Palestinian struggle, and have been working alongside my colleagues to raise awareness about Palestinian issues in Montreal for several years.
I’ve also trained on various video and audio editing software, have co-produced several short documentaries, and have worked in translation and subtitling.
Why are we raising money?
In order to remain independent we’re financing this trip on our own. We’re raising funds so we can cover our travel expenses (busses to and from Egypt to the Rafah border at Gaza), accommodations, visas, and other minor trip-related expenses.
If we don’t reach our goal on Indiegogo, we will still go forward with the trip. Only in the event of some extreme circumstances (i.e: an all out war) will we delay (but not cancel) our trip.
Other ways you can help:
Please share this campaign and our video with your circles through Facebook, Twitter, and even email! You can share this campaign through social media right from this page!
You can also donate cameras that we will leave behind for Gazans to document their own stories.
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