Mohamed Jabaly

Director (Palestinian based in Norway)

Mohamed is a 27-year old Palestinian filmmaker and artist from Gaza based in Norway. He has been working in several organisations (such as the Save Youth Future Society) and projects , training kids and young adults within filmmaking and photography. He has shot several short films, documentaries and music videos such as “Gaza Skate Team” a short documentary about a group of young-adults where they managed to build their own team challenging the lack of places and the safety for them despite the siege. (2012) "We Teach Life, Sir!” a music video from the poem “We teach life, sir!” by: Rafeef Ziadah, the music was made by WATER Band and filmed during the ceasefire after the summer attacks over Gaza in 2014. Recently Mohamed finished his first feature documentary “Ambulance” (2016). Ambulance is a raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza in the summer of 2014. Mohamed joins an ambulance crew as war approaches, looking for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future. The film has won several prizes including the "One World Media" as Best Feature documentary 2017. Mohamed also received the "BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award" during the days of the BBC Arabic Film Festival in London and the "FIPA D'OR AWARD" as best feature documentary in the section Reportage & Investigation and the “JURY AWARD” as best documentary/Young European Filmmaker during the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes in Biarritz, France. Currently, Mohamed is working on his next documentary. A film that follows the life of a young Palestinian Khader Zourb from Gaza who is seeking asylum in Norway along with other young adults from different Arab countries some of them have been granted asylum and the rest are waiting, Khader has received three rejections and is still waiting for his final decision. They all met in the same house with the same limbo situation in the northern part of Norway. This September Mohamed has won his trial in court against the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. The department did not recognise him as a professional film director due to him not having received a formal film education, a decision that has now been overruled by Oslo’s District Court.

Selected Filmography:

2016 Ambulance (Feature Doc)