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Invitation World Press Photo – Issa Touma

Screening and presentation of the work of Issa Touma, World Press Photo Festival, 12 April 13:00

Paradox invites you to attend a special programme of the work of Syrian photographer and filmmaker Issa Touma on April 12, as part of the World Press Photo Festival.

The presentation starts with the screening of Touma’s prizewinning short films 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo (2015) and Greetings from Aleppo (2016), after which Touma will present his new online project Notes from Aleppo. The programme concludes with an interview by Lars Boering, managing director of World Press Photo, and a Q&A.

The programme takes place at Ketelhuis, Westergasfabriek, starting 13:00 hours, and is free of charge for visitors of the World Press Photo Festival. Please note, the screenings have limited capacity, on a first-come-first-serve basis. The programme will be conducted in English, and all films will be screened with English subtitles.

The programme is a collaboration between Paradox and Eye.

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World Press Photo nomination: Interactive of the Year 2019

Notes from Aleppo, nominated for Interactive of the Year in World Press Photo’s Digital Storytelling Contest, follows photographer Issa Touma’s rediscovery of his home city. Forced to leave in 2012, Issa travelled back and forth to Syria until East Aleppo was retaken by the regime in December 2016. Notes from Aleppo shows the people who are returning and those who never left. In a sincere, insightful way, Issa reveals the struggles of Aleppo’s citizens in their attempt to restore normality in their day-to-day lives and recover from the destruction of war.

Paradox has been working with Syrian photographer Issa Touma to shed light on the events in Syria from an inside perspective for more than four years now. Notes from Aleppo is the first production that puts the experience through the mobile phone central, while making the web based content available on desktop PCs as well. As a result episodes from these projects can easily be shared with international online media.

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Ketelhuis, 12 April 13:00 hrs

The screening and presentation are free of charge if you hold a ticket for World Press Photo. If you do not have a ticket for World Press Photo, you can purchase a separate ticket for the screening on the website of Ketelhuis.

Paradox and Eye hope to meet you on the 12th for an inspiring meeting and drinks after.

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