A group of Palestinian women with hearing loss are using stop motion animation to make short films about their condition to teach children about their condition.
The eight women say they have few career options and hope that animation will also become a source of income and a promotional tool.
They have already made two short films, one on sign language and the other defending their right to work in Gaza, where unemployment is 49 percent.
The stories, they say, are meant to inspire hearing impaired people to pursue their own goals despite any obstacles in their way.
The animation process is simple: the women design the characters, draw the images on paper, shoot the movie with their cell phone cameras using a stop motion app, and co-workers without hearing loss add the voices.
Hiba Abu Jazar, 27, who has enjoyed cartoons since she was a child, said she was excited to make her own movies and to teach others to do the same. She hopes the skill will help her find employment.
“I want to be self-sufficient and make movies so that I can generate income. Hearing impaired people have no job and no chance of finding work, ”said Abu Jazar in sign language.
through a translator at the Gaza Hemam Youth Center where the training takes place.
The group’s coach, Haneen Koraz, said the project offered the woman a way to advance her cause and pursue her ambitions through art and creativity.