- Title: Women with hearing loss in Gaza make animations to raise awareness
- Date: 22nd March 2021
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (MARCH 18, 2021) (REUTERS) HIBA ABU JAZAR, A HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT FROM GAZA TALKING DURING A SESSION USING SIGN LANGUAGE HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT INTERACTING USING SIGN LANGUAGE ABU JAZAR EXPLAINING USING SIGN LANGUAGE HIBA ABU JAZAR DRAWING CARTOON DURING MAKING ANIMATION FILMS SESSION STUDENT DRAWING HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT PUTTING TOGETHER DESIGNS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic and Sign language) HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT, HIBA ABU JAZAR, SAYING: "We used to watch the cartoons, but we didn't understand the context and how they make it. So when I came to Hemam center, I found out that this work is the same that we see on TV, edited on the internet or TV. So I was excited that I wanted to learn this thing. I am excited to learn and teach children how to make animation films." VARIOUS OF JAZAR PREPARING A DESIGN MOBILE WHILE FILMING THE DESIGN JAZAR AND COLLEAGUE FIXING THE DESIGN GAZA CITY, GAZA (MARCH 18, 2021) (REUTERS) TIME-LAPSE OF HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT HIBA ABU JAZAR AND HER COLLEAGUE ORGANIZING THEIR DESIGN (PART MUTE) GAZA CITY, GAZA (MARCH 18, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic and Sign language) HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT, ISLAM KHATTAB, SAYING: "My name is Islam and family name is Khattab." MAKING FILM PICTURE DRAWN ON WALL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic and Sign language) HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT, ISLAM KHATTAB, SAYING: "When I was a child I used to like animation films because it gives a joyful feeling when they watch it or when they learn how to make it via designs."
- Embargoed: 5th April 2021 11:48
- Keywords: Cartoons Gaza Hearing- impaired Sign language Unemployment Women
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Middle East,Human Interest/Brights/Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001E560AQD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of Palestinian women with hearing loss are using stop motion animation to make short films about their condition to teach children and raise awareness.
The eight women say they have few career options and hope animation will also become a source of income as well as an advocacy tool.
They have already made two short films - one about sign language and another advocating their right to work in Gaza, where unemployment stands at 49 percent.
The stories, they say, are meant to inspire hearing-impaired people to pursue their own goals despite any obstacles in their way.
The animation process is simple: the women design characters, draw the images on paper, shoot the film with their cellphone cameras using a stop motion application, and coworkers without hearing loss add the voices.
Hiba Abu Jazar, 27, who has enjoyed cartoons since she was a girl, said she was excited to make her own films and to teach others to do the same. She hopes the skill will help her find employment.
"I want to be self-dependent and make films so I can make an income. People with hearing disabilities have no jobs and no chances of finding jobs," Abu Jazar said in sign language through a translator at Gaza Hemam Youth Center where the training takes place.
The group's trainer, Haneen Koraz, said the project offered the woman a way to promote their cause and pursue their ambitions through art and creativity.
(Production: Roleen Tafakji, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Fadi Shana, Mohammed Salem, Mohammed Shana)
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