Syrian, from Idlib, Syria; seeking Undergraduate degree in Cinema And Television and is enrolled at Al Fırat Univesity.
My name is Ibrahim Hussein and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in Damascus. However, I have been displaced since 2011, the beginning of the war in Syria. After multiple displacements to Idlib and due to security reasons, we had to cross the border to Turkey. There we had to stay in a refugee camp. Not long after we were in the camp, my father was kidnapped. My mother, my two siblings and I waited for his return, but unfortunately he never came back to us. The living conditions in the camp were extremely hard, but we had nowhere else to go. Two years later, and with the help of a wonderful humanitarian lady we were able to get out of the camp and move to Gaziantep, Turkey, and along with my siblings I was able to go back to school. These hard experiences that I went through during my teenage years, helped me realize the importance of education and second chances.
I finished high-school in Turkey and enrolled in Al-Furat university. I have just finished the first year of my journey to become a movie director. My passion for films and cinema was always part of who I am since I was a child. I loved all kinds of movies, horror, drama, science fiction, and all the others. I used to watch Arabic, and especially Syrian movies, comparing them to Western Hollywood movies with a critical eye. I always wondered why Arabic cinema is not as good as international cinema. Why is it not progressing? So I always believed that I would one day take part in this progress and make Syrian movies that are as good as Hollywood movies.
My first movie will be about the Syrian people and their struggle. What has happened in the past ten years has filled my mind with many memories and images, some are harsh and some are of bravery and survival. I want to express these ideas and move people through the creative medium of cinema. Cinema has the universal power of communication.
I hope that you can help me continue my journey and one day watch my first movie and know that you invested in the making of this movie. I still have three years to go. Al-Furat university gave me a full scholarship, but to attend the university, I had to move to another city and my mother is not able to cover my expenses because she still has to support my younger siblings. I was not able to find work that will help me earn an income to cover my daily expenses, which are about $2000 a year. But with your generosity, I can continue studying and become a successful director and also support my mother and my siblings.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
Being funded and completing my education will help me further in achieving my dream, I will give back to the world and help all those that were in my position. Education is the best support anyone could grant a human. Knowledge is power and with knowledge anyone can survive in this world.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
I will communicate the situation and the feeling of war-affected people to get all the help needed to overcome their ordeal. I will continue to volunteer and provide community service to those in need. I will set an example for others who see that I triumphed over adversity and realized my dream. I am from a poor family but I did my best to complete my education.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
I joined the Red Crescent organization volunteer to entertain children for a year in a Turkish city.
I also worked in an orphanage for 3 months.
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
I took photography courses to learn photography and how to record video, and I bought a camera and trained on it on my own. I read many novels, watched many films, and followed videos to learn montage, visual and audio effects.