MEDIMED 2021: Yalla Parkour represented by Kinana Films
- October 24, 2021
Yalla Parkour is selected at the MEDIMED 2021. Producer Basel Mawlawi and director Areeb Zuaiter pitched the project in front of commissioning editors, distributors, sales agents, and financiers. The film, currently in the late development phase, tells the story of 19-year-old Parkour player Ahmad, who left his hometown Gaza to achieve his dream of becoming an international Parkour champion.
The story of Yalla Parkour
19-year-old Ahmad is determined to become an international Parkour champion, but his reality pulls him an inch away each day. Along with Mohammed, Jihad, and Abdallah, Ahmad is part of a team that practices. parkour, the sport of freedom, in Gaza, the city of restrictions. When. Mohammed survives a detrimental injury, Ahmad’s far-fetched dream of. building a Parkour Academy in Gaza becomes a necessity.
Director Areeb Zuaiter
Areeb Zuaiter is a multinational filmmaker whose work focuses on art, identity, and social issues. Areeb’s previous nominations include Annecy International Film Festival in France, Aichi Friendship Festival in Japan, Alexandria Festival, and Sony’s Outstanding Thesis Award in the US. Areeb’s debut short. won the Jury Prize at the European Film Festival in Lebanon and her latest short, Colors of Resistance gained awards from festivals around the world including Concepción Independent Film Awards, Colorado International Activism Film Festival and Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. Areeb participated in workshops such as EAVE, the DocCelerator Lab, the DFI, the RFC and INA. Areeb works as an adjunct professor in Washington, D.C.
Producer Basel Mawlawi
Basel Mawlawi is a producer and the founder of Kinana Films AB which is based in Sweden. He has received his Bachelor of Arts from Middlesex University in the UK and a Professional Diploma in Film Production from SAE Institute. Basel started his career as a production manager and line producer. His work is mainly focused on nonfiction storytelling and short narratives. Up to this point, he worked on several documentaries and more than ten shorts. He is passionate about collaborating with filmmakers and writers creatively to tell stories that matter and that can create a difference. Basel has participated in renowned producer-specific labs including DFI’s Producers Lab, EAVE, and Young Nordic Producers in Cannes.
The Production company: Kinana Films
Kinana Films AB is a Film & Tv production company that was established in 2018 by producer Basel Mawlawi and quickly became known as one of the trusted production companies in Sweden. Our purpose is to support and
welcome new voices, ideas, and perspectives. We aim to utilise our space and knowledge as a bridge between Sweden and the Middle East. We are constantly working on fortifying, and contributing to the diversity of productions in Sweden. Our attention to detail and dedication to every project has lead to the worthy reputation we proudly hold today.