Posted on May 14, 2018

Qatar Foundation (QF) hosted a talk by Al Jazeera documentary filmmaker Tamer Almisshal at Qatar National Library, officially launching QF’s ‘Education City Speakers Series’.

Mrs. Mayan Zebeib, Chief Communications Officer, QF, said: “We are delighted to host Tamer Almisshal at this inaugural ‘Education City Speakers Series’ event. This initiative, which aims to bring together thought leaders from diverse fields to deliver a series of informative public talks, demonstrates QF’s commitment to providing platforms for open dialogue and engagement. “The ‘Education City Speakers Series’ will also help foster social engagement, while promoting lifelong learning, and, in turn, help to empower individuals within the local community by challenging claims, decisions, and assumptions,” Mrs. Zebeib concluded.

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During the two-hour discussion, Almisshal spoke to members of the public about his documentary film, The Hidden Is More Immense, which explores the foiled coup attempt in Qatar in 1996. The talk, delivered in Arabic with English translation, was followed by an open-floor Q&A session with the celebrated Palestinian filmmaker and journalist. Speaking about the event, Almisshal said: “I’m very happy to be part of this exciting series of talks within Education City. Public events like this are of great importance, as they allow for the valuable exchange of expertise and opinions. It also provides us, as journalists and TV presenters, with an opportunity to listen to and speak directly with the public, interact with them, answer their questions, and benefit from their advice and criticisms to enhance our future works.”

Almisshal has spent many years covering international conflict and reporting from war zones. He has extensively covered the Palestine-Israel conflict for Al Jazeera. Almisshal has also worked for the BBC, and, in 2015, presented #TEDxShujaiya; the first TEDx in the Gaza Strip. For most of his life, he has been based in Gaza, covering Israel’s numerous wars and incursions, as well as subsequent sieges. He has also covered conflict in Libya and Syria.

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