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.

Obstacles and Challenges we Encountered in doing the Assignment (Part1)

While deciding on our topic for the video, we faced many challenges. One of them was agreeing on a topic. Then we started discussing our ideas. At first, we disagreed, but finally, we agreed on one idea. The main problem that we faced was that many people that we contacted refused to give us a video interview.

Most of them a greed to audio but not video due to our conservative culture here in Kuwait. Luckily, we found a salon owner who agreed to the video interview.

We made an appointment with her to conduct the interview, but we had problems with lighting and had to move the salon’s furniture by the windows for a source of light. After that, everything was great, including sound quality.

After leaving and watching the interview a couple of times, we realized that the video quality was excellent. But, there was no interesting content, so we decided to change our topic and find someone else to interview

Sudan Flooding Crisis

Floodwater covered Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. Homes were destroyed, leaving many people in need of shelter. The rise of the Nile River was the highest in more than a hundred years.

The flood was caused by climate change that led to more water flowing down from the Blue Nile. Now, Khartoum looks like it’s part of the Nile River, and it has been rising for weeks.The flood was the result of seasonal rainfall that caused the Nile River to rise about 17.5 meters in late August.

The flood affected more than 500,000 people, destroying more than 100,000 homes and 102 people dead. The Sudanese government has announced a three-month state of emergency. The country is now in a natural disaster zone. Sudan’s government has said that water levels will continue to rise in the coming days.

Governments and aid groups are working on getting food and medical supplies to affected people in Khartoum. However, transportation is unmanageable because of flooded roads.

Foreign Students Interested in Learning Arabic

The number of students at the University of Kuwait’s Language Center has recently increased as expat students have become interested in learning Arabic as a second language.

Students want to learn Arabic for many reasons. For example, mastering the language offers better career prospects in the Middle East, particularly in oil-producing countries, as this area has excellent opportunities and high wages. Other students learn it for the challenge or their love of the Arabic language.

“Arabic is considered to be an easy language to learn compared to German or Mandarin. The majors of students who learn Arabic range from Arabic Literature to International Relations and History”  Says Mr. Ibrahim Naseer, who teaches in Arabic as a Foreign Language unit. 

Several interviews indicated that most of the students find learning Arabic hard, and they all agreed that their main reason for learning Arabic was to find jobs in the Middle East, which offers better career opportunities than their homelands. 

Some of the students said they liked living in Kuwait and would like to work here in the future. With high wages and no taxes.  Kuwait is an excellent destination for foreigners looking for jobs in the Middle East.

Finding New Hobbies During Quarantine

Making this video was easy because the main concern was editing it, so I didn’t have to worry about the content. I edited the video using iMovie.

First, I fixed the frame and started setting up the lights. I asked Othman to talk about his new hobby (writing short stories) and how he found it while in quarantine.

I first focused on the A-Roll and made sure the video was of high quality because it is the foundation of the video; later, I added the B-Roll shots, and I used the five-shot 10-second rule, but I ended up not adding all of them.

The Priciest Spice

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. It’s a spice, medicine, perfume, and a dye. The spice is costly because it requires a lot of physical labor. Machines could not do the delicate work needed to harvest the tiny threads in the flowers.

The following video is the story of a man who owns a saffron farm in Kashmir. He starts by explaining the process of harvesting saffron. Then tells us about the importance of saffron for Indian cuisine, then explains the benefits of saffron.

The videography is excellent. It has impressive shots of the farm. And many closeup shots of the saffron. The choice of background music for the video was perfect.

THE STORY OF NOOR

Three years ago I decided to attend a wedding last minute. I couldn’t find any hairstyling appointments at my favorite salons, so I called my friends to help me find a hairstylist. One of my friends gave me the phone number of an Indian hairdresser.

I called her, and she was available. Her name is Noor. She did my hair, and it was perfect. She became my usual hairdresser since I was too lazy to go to an actual salon and didn’t like to go through the hassle of booking appointments.

Noor is a great hairdresser. She is hardworking and good at her job. Usually, when she does my hair, she tells me stories of her customers. Eventually, I started to ask about her story and how she began freelancing in Kuwait as a home service salon.

She told me that she used to work at a well-known salon with many branches in Kuwait. During her final year working there, the salon was declining. Customers weren’t coming the way they used to, and she didn’t receive her salary for four months because the accountant was stealing, and the owner had no idea. The workers couldn’t reach the owner because they never saw her.

Later, Noor left the salon and started freelancing. She contacted her loyal customers and told them that she had left the salon. At first, it was very hard, and she went weeks at a time without any work. Still, she had to work because she was financially supporting two daughters in India whom she had left in the care of her aunt.

Noor keeps working so she can give her daughters the chance to have an excellent education. Both her daughters are straight-A students, and she wants them to have better career opportunities than she has had.

Although Noor never received her money from the salon, now Noor is very famous. I would need to call her a week ahead if I wanted an appointment.

Book review: ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover

Educated is a memoir by Tara Westover. The book is about her journey from the rural mountains of Idaho to the Ph.D. program at Cambridge University, as she struggles against her fundamentalist Mormon family and their strict religious beliefs. She grew up isolated from mainstream society in a paranoid Mormon family without even a birth certificate, as her father didn’t believe in doctors or government schools. Instead of going to school and learning, she spent her childhood helping her mother mix herbal remedies and working with her father at a junkyard. She learned how to read from the Bible. Tara didn’t have access to school because her father believed that the American government brainwashes children. He refused to let his children attend school.

Later on, Tara rebelled against her survivalist family and became determined to leave home and get a formal education. She self-taught math and science to take the ACT’s and get into Brigham Young University, where she learned that Europe is not a country and about the existence of the civil rights movement. Later, she was accepted for a Ph.D. program at Cambridge University.

Her decision to get an education changed her life, as she learned that education is not just reading as many books as possible, but a life-long process. Her fight for education was worth it because she gained knowledge, self-confidence and self-worth.

I loved the book because the writing style was beautiful. The book is a great read. Especially for College students, as I realized while reading the book what a great privilege I have had to live in this country with free education. I didn’t have to worry about scholarships or college debt. I also appreciated my family more, as they are always very supportive of the choices I make. I am very thankful I didn’t have to face as many challenges as Tara did.

Tara Westover

Course Review: Mobileography

By: Abdullah Alshaiji & Abdulrahman Albedah

Abdullah Alshaiji
Abdulrahman Albedah

I was very excited when Dr.Eissa told us about the Mobileography course. I have always wanted to take a photography course because I was terrible at taking photos. I never had the patience to learn it. I consider myself as a beginner in photography, so taking this course seemed like a great idea.

The course is divided into seven lessons

1) Pre-photography

2) During photoshoot

3) After photography

4) Photo-taking

5) Editing Apps

6) Posting the photos

7) Conclusion and Important tips

During the course, I learned about the importance of lighting and how to use it, Especially natural lighting and the difference between soft and harsh light. My favorite part was the editing because I never knew editing apps could enhance photos this much.

Then I learned about sharing on social media. Abdullah Alshaiji and Abdulrahman Albedah did a great job of explaining the different techniques of photography. I enjoyed the course very much. The course improved my knowledge about photography and was better than what I was expecting.

I’d recommend this course for everyone wanting to learn about Mobileography. After this course, I was motivated to start taking photos.