Final Project

For our final project, we decided to interview foreigners living and working in Kuwait. We interviewed more than six people but only chose four that we liked the best. The first one was Zahid, a Pakistani jeweler, and we chose him for our photo story. We chose Hamada and Redah from Egypt for the main video, and for the audio story, we interviewed Maysa, an Arabic teacher from Jordan.

You can see the final project through this link https://spark.adobe.com/page/zmh84w4mO9DZd/

Course Review

I enjoyed this course very much. I learned a lot of valuable information in it. This class improved my creativity more than other classes, and it also taught me how to edit photos, videos, and audio content. Moreover, Dr. Eisa explained everything clearly, and the class was very interesting.

Final Project Updates (3)

Yesterday we interviewed an Icecream vendor in Kaifan for our Final video. His name is Hamada. He has been working in Kuwait for two years. He worked at a Pepsi Factory before coming to Kuwait. He wants to go back to his country as soon as possible, but he can’t because he has financial issues with the company that hired him. He says that he wants to go back and stay with his family and try to provide for them from working in Egypt because he can’t handle living and working abroad anymore.

Then the other girls interviewed an Arabic teacher from Jordan. She told us how she faced the pandemic living alone while worrying about her family and friends back in Jordan.

After doing the interviews, I learned that many workers in Kuwait are suffering to provide the basic necessities for their families. They work for long hours with little sleep and very high stress levels because they’re earning money that’s barely enough.

My Favorite app’s

Radio Garden

Radio Garden allows you to listen to live radio stations around the world. Towns and cities are represented on a map by a green dot, and then you can tap on it to tune into the radio station .

Curio

Curio is the best way to listen to audio journalism from leading newspapers and magazines. The app includes handpicked stories from over 30 publications, including The Economist, The Guardian, Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Aeon, and many more. With an annual cost of 59.99USD equivalent to 18.400KWD

Instapaper

Instapaper is a great and simple app that helps you save articles for reading on the go and makes reading internet content an uncluttered experience.

Kindle

The kindle app gives a great chance to read anytime and anywhere. You can purchase e-books from the Amazon website. Then It will automatically appear in the kindle app via (cloud reader).

Final Project updates (2)

After interviewing Mr.Zahid last week, one of the girls in our group interviewed an Egyptian painter. His name is Ridha. He has been working in Kuwait for the past 15 years. He told us about how rough it is to work and live abroad and that if he had better carrier opportunities in his country, he wouldn’t have left.

He has a daughter and two sons who live with him in Kuwait, but he will soon send his children back to Egypt because he can’t afford school fees.

We did more than five interviews, but Ridha’s interview Was my favorite because he was very Genuine.

 

Ted Talks

I have always enjoyed listening to ted talks for the past couple of years. Ted talks are very entertaining yet full of valuable information that could be applied to daily life. In this blog post, I will mention a few of my favorite ted talks that I found interesting.

How great leaders inspire action By Simon Sinek

How to make stress your friend By Kelly McGonigal

Inside the mind os a master procrastinator By Tim Urban

The power of introverts By Susan Cain

The art of misdirection By Apollo Robbins

The next outbreak? We’re not ready By Bill Gates

Final Project updates (1)

During the process of doing our final project, we changed our idea many times. I was unmotivated to do the project and didn’t admire the work we’ve been doing, But we had to keep working.

Then, I got excited when we had an interview with Mr. Zahid. He was a very nice jeweler. He worked in a small shop in Mubarakiya and gave us a lot of information about Gemstones and the process of making sterling silver jewelry. He was very patient with us while we were taking photos, and we enjoyed taking pictures of him. Here are a couple of images that we took after interviewing him

silver Rings
Emeralds

The History of Medical Masks

Recently all of us have been required to wear medical masks due to the spread of COVID 19. As a result, I started to think about medical masks and how they evolved through history and what caused this invention.

Masks were first seen in the Great Black Plague in the Middle Ages. It was made of leather and was shaped like a bird’s beak.

Later on, Pasteur Discovered that diseases could have a microbial origin, and surgeons started to wear medical masks in the operating field to protect the patients.

The surgical mask covered the nose, mouth, and beard. Wearing the mask saved the lives of many doctors, so later it was extended to the patients.

During the great Spanish flu in 1918, the mask was the main reason for the significant reduction in death in San Francisco when the city passed a law requiring everyone in San Francisco to wear a mask while in public.

1918 San Francisco

The following video is about the evolution of medical masks.

Abu Ahmad

This interview was conducted with Abu Ahmad. He has been working in Kuwait for more than 17 years as an herbalist. He his considered as an expert in his field with an experience of over 30 years. In the interview, he told us about his knowledge about herbs, and he described how this profession is passed down from one generation to another back in Egypt.

Obstacles and Challenges we Encountered in doing the Assignment (Part 2)

After changing the topic, we started looking for people to interview. One of the girls found a man willing to shoot the interview with us. Then, a couple of girls went to shoot it in Yarmouk. After they finished, they shared the footage with us, and after watching it, we realized that the A-Roll was terrible and needed to be done all over again.

They went again to do the interview for the second time, and thankfully it was much better. After that, we started editing the video, and it took us about 5 hours in total for editing. I wish we had more time, but unfortunately, everyone was under pressure from other classes, and we couldn’t do the kind of video we were hoping for and submitted this one instead.