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Gaza youths use cellphones to make films about unemployment, disabilities

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are submitting short videos filmed on their cellphones to the Mobile Short Film Festival, which has organized the first such contest in Gaza.
A Palestinian man plays with his mobile the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on April 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
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KHAN YUNIS, Gaza Strip — The Gaza-based Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA) is organizing the Mobile Short Film Festival, a first for the Gaza Strip. Participants must be Palestinians between the ages of 18 and 35 residing in Gaza, and their video footage must focus on issues related to youth unemployment and the rights of people with a disability. The competition guidelines state that participants can submit their videos, which should be two to three minutes long, between Dec. 19 of last year and Jan. 19. The videos with the most public votes will be screened during the festival’s award ceremony, whose date has yet to be announced.

Karim Tartouri, 22, is getting ready to produce his short film about the rights of people with disabilities in Gaza. He will shoot and carry out the video editing using his cellphone.

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