Hotel Zaatari Film
The Hotel Zaatari short film is written and directed by the young Jordanian art house filmmakers Mais Salman and Zaid Baqaeen. Following four refugees in Zaatari camp, the film aims to raise awareness and change perceptions towards the displaced Syrians, and shed light on their plights, fears, hopes and dreams. Challenging the notion of ‘the other’, the film hopes to express and reveal the core of what it is to be human, and what it is to be humane.
Working with the Hotel Zaatari team, Mais Salman and Zaid Baqaeen were able to create a poignant short film about the Syrian refugees living in Zaatari Camp. The film is a work of art that encourages the viewer to transcend man made geographical, political and ideological barriers that are destroying our humanity today.
Mais Salman, is a Jordanian film producer, writer, and director. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering but then decided to follow her passion for film and storytelling and become a filmmaker. For that, Mais pursued an MFA in film at the Red sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA), which she graduated from in 2013. Mais has produced and directed several short films, documentaries, and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that raise awareness about women’s rights and equality.
Zaid Baqaeen, is a multiple award winning cinematographer, actor, writer, filmmaker and visual designer from Amman, Jordan. After his visual design background he studied and specialized in screenwriting and cinematography at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA), for which he received international recognition. One of his recent films received a Palm D’Or Nomination in Festival De Cannes 2013, after earning his international awards earlier for both Best Cinematography and Best Acting in both Americas. Zaid is currently developing his first feature film script in Morocco.