Tamara Abu Laban (Palestine)
Tamara Abu Laban was born and grew up in Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem. This rich cultural environment taught her how to resist in different ways. This experience, although very hard because of the difficult circumstances, jump-started her creativity and made her think of all the stories that can be told under occupation, and how she can tell people about them. Tamara studied media in Egypt, where she also gained experience working in large-scale cinema productions there, learning from important directors such as Mohammad Khan.
She received her Master’s degree in producing from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan where she studied worked in collaboration with students from countries in the Middle East. Tamara established a production company with her friends, producing many short films.
She produced and directed a TV series for the Ramadan Season in 2014, called (Show Fat). Her dream is to make films that tell real stories about Palestinians far from mainstream media that tends to distort the reality and deals with Palestinians as numbers and nothing more. She hopes to reveal stories of strong women who resist all kinds of oppression and who continue to grow.