Our world today is full of people desperately suffering from poverty. The life and poverty of refugees and the smiling faces of children who live in such circumstances – This is the reality that spreads in front of the camera.
Hazim Bitar is a Jordanian/Palestian filmmaker born in Saudi Arabia in 1964 to Palestian Parents who settled in the Arabian Peninsula as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He imigrated to the USA in 1981 to pursue his university education. He recieved his BSC in Computer and Information Science and MA in Organizational Management. His passion for cinema and filmaking has deep roots. His father was a screen actor, scriptwriter, and director in Saudi Arabia's first TV channel. His mother was one of the first women TV personalities in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. Bitar's filmmaking experience started as a desire to tell human stories. He is the founder and coordinater of the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC), a Joran-based cultural initiative to promote independent digital filmmaking in the Arab world.
2006 Growing Up in Amman's Suburbia(AFC) 2006 Sharar, co-director, writer, producer(AFC) 2006 The Last Patch, co-director, writer, producer(AFC) 2005 Overdose, producer, co-writer,(AFC) 2004 Alert Guns, producer(AFC) 2003 Girls' Education in Rural Syria(UNICEF) 2003 Hebron: Girls' Education under Siege(UNICEF) 2003 Child Labor in Morocco(UNICEF) 2003 Children of Iraq(UNICEF) 2001 Produced promotional and instructional films for non-profit organizations. 2001 Jeruselam's High Cost of Living(ALIF) 2000 Uncivil Liberties(NCPPF)
Screening / Award history:
Academy-certified Huesca Film Festival, Spain