Hamza

Hamza, a young deaf Palestinian, is a celebrity in the deaf community, due to comic videos he creates and posts on facebook. His goal in life is to become a professional actor.

Synopsis // Last year, Hamza finished his studies at a school for the deaf, which used to be his second home. Now he makes his first steps in adult life. He is looking for a job, and tries to find his place at a time of rising violence and racism. Hamza dreams of moving to Tel-Aviv and becoming an actor. Meanwhile he’s busy publishing comic videos on facebook, under the label: DEAF TV. Hamza creates new identities for himself, and generates events that can only exist in virtual space. Digital media allows him to interact, overcoming deafness, differences in territory and local culture.

 

Filmmakers’ bios // Ittai Meyer (director, producer) was born in Rehovot, has so far released the following films: BRAVE GIRSL (2015), Doc (25 min), which was supported by The new fund for cinema and TV, The second authority for TV and radio, and Docaviv film festival; WAR OF SALVATION (2005), fic. (20 min). He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (graduation in 2005).

Carmit Shlomi (director) was born in Tel-Aviv. In 2015, she released BRAVE GIRLS, Doc. (25 min), which was supported by The new fund for cinema and TV, The second authority for TV and radio, and Docaviv film festival. Her prior works include LANDMARKS (2006), Doc. (9 min) which was awarded by The Goethe Institute and The Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation; and TRANSISTOR (2005), Fic. (10 min). She received a Film Directing scholarship from The America-Israel Foundation and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (graduation in 2005) from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and a Bachelor (Hons) of Literature and History of Art from Tel-Aviv University (2000).

 

OOP vision // “We believe Hamza is a new kind of activist. He creates a place for himself by using the universal language of humor. Instead of being left out, he becomes a celebrity, and provides a way for others to follow in suit.”