[BSA] :: Project for Fall 2008 :: BSA Waterloo Requests Your Assistance

BSA Waterloo bsa.uwaterloo at gmail.com
Fri Aug 8 17:51:14 EDT 2008

Hey guys,

Faraz Siddiqui from UofT is working on a very interesting project -- AND HE

He is currently in Kuwait working on a documentary film about the plight of
migrant workers in the Middle East -- with a specific focus on *Bangladeshi

This is going to be an exciting project, if you or anyone you know is
interested please contact Faraz ASAP:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=28111286
Email: Faraz Siddiqui <farazars at gmail.com>

Position Title: Project Assistant, Video Editing

Timeline: August 15, 2008 to November 2008 (flexible hours)
*<< Your Profile >>*
-High-school student, or 1st year university student (you will be given
preference if you apply with a friend)
-Experienced in video editing and documentary making
-Confident, good public speaking
-Ability to work on strict deadlines
-Proven interest in human rights, social justice issues around the globe
-Bangladeshi and South Asian students encouraged
-Willing to work on a voluntary basis (although I am going to try and look
for funding)

*<< What you gain >>*
As scriptwriter and director for the production, you will get to present
this project at future screenings in and around Toronto. This project
promises to give you first-rate research, project development and networking
skills. You will get a chance to meet and work with other activists in this
field. You will be given a recommendation letter for this project for any
job you wish to apply to in the future. Finally, you will get a chance to
learn about, and work for, a very important cause. In your cover letter,
please include the hourly rate you expect for this kind of project (in case
some funding for this gets through)

*<< Project >>*
To make a short documentary showing the plight and suffering of South Asian
labourers working in the GCC Countries, focusing on the personal stories of
some such workers in Kuwait. The documentary will be filmed in Kuwait, with
possible footage from Bangladesh and Canada. The theme revolves around a
recent strike-turned-riot by Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait, which resulted
in the deportation of more than 1200 workers, some of them still in their
pyjamas. The strike was a protests against terrible living conditions and
harsh abuse at the hand of employers in the middle east. You can find some
more information in the Arab Times, the Kuwait Times and in the Khaleej
Times, as well as the BBC.

*<< Your task >>*
1. Send FARAZ your resume, cover letter, and links to one or two sample
2. Read newspaper articles about the recent workers strike, and research
intensively on the incident (5-10 hours)
3. Watch reports and documentaries on the topic of Migrant Workers in the
Gulf (2-5 hours)
4. Develop a rough storyline for a documentary (3-4 hours, deadline August
5. Video edit, and produce a professional documentary, with English
subtitles (20+ hours)

*<< Additional information >>*
1. If there are more than one person/group interested, the one with the best
and most developed storyline will be chosen
2. Keep the storyline simple. The simpler, the better.
3. In your storyline, take into account that most of the people interviewed
will not want their identity disclosed.
4. Please feel free to invite friends to partner up on this with you on
5. Depending on how well you work, the core project may include some footage
from Bangladesh and Canada

Faraz Siddiqui
BSc (Hons.), Health & Disease and Bioethics

Bengali Students Association
University of Waterloo, ON
Email: bsa.uwaterloo at gmail.com
Web: http://bsa.clubs.feds.ca
Fbook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21697165034
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