A Young Nation: The Future of Oman Through the Eyes of Its Youth


Tue, 12/01/2020 - 5:00pm to Mon, 05/23/2022 - 7:56pm

Film Screening/Professional Development

This film and the process of making it will be presented by its filmmaker, Hannah Gaber, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies and School of Journalism. She will discuss how her dual degrees have shaped her career. The filmmaker will be introduced by Maggy Zanger, Professor of Practice, School of Journalism.

Cover of filmA Young Nation: The Future of Oman Through the Eyes of Its Youth

An independent video documentary shot as UA alumna Hannah Gaber's final project to earn her dual Master’s degrees in Journalism and Middle Eastern & North African Studies. She first went to Oman in winter of 2013-14 and found a place unlike any she'd ever been. 

Oman was ruled by Sultan Qaboos from 1970 to 2020 and his reign shaped the institutions and identity that mark Oman today. The country treasures its long heritage, but has also made great and rapid technological and economic leaps, largely dependent on oil revenues. The independent making of this film included extensive travel around Oman, identifying a central issue during interviews and cultivating sources including officials to speak on video. Ultimately, the 20-minute film looks at the shift in culture towards entrepreneurship as a potential solution to economic issues including depressed oil prices and a youth bulge, with an eye towards larger currents of change coming to bear on Oman and the Gulf region.
This film was accepted to the Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston in 2017, given the Award of Merit from the IndieFest Film Awards international film competition, accepted to the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) film festival, the Red Rocks Film Festival, and aired on UNC Charlotte TV in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2016.
Hannah GaberPresenter:
Hannah Gaber, Director/Producer/Editor/Camera:
Hannah is a video producer and multimedia journalist on the newsgathering video team at USA Today. She covers events and breaking news in photo and video, writing, editing and produces background and narrative video for stories and standalone news items. 
After graduating, Hannah served as a Pulliam Fellow in video journalism with the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and covered the 2016 presidential elections. After taking a job as a video journalist at the Republic, she drove the U.S.-Mexico border with reporter Laura Gomez and contributed footage, geolocation assistance, and produced the podcast for the USA TODAY Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia reporting project, The Wall. In 2017-18, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Cyprus to begin a documentary project looking at the culture of crossing the divided island, and after a year there, returned to the U.S. as a video producer with USA TODAY. Projects include the video accompanying an in-depth a look at the criminalization of black girls in schools, video contribution to the USA TODAY Migrants project, and editing the video for the follow-on Detainees project, released in 2019.
Language: Arabic (with English subtitles), English
Length: 22 minutes
Co-sponsors: School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, School of Journalism, and Latin American Studies
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