Read at The Walrus
Palestinian filmmakers and journalists are using social media to document the devastation caused by Israeli attacks and share them with a global audience. Bisan Owda, a Palestinian filmmaker, has over 4.1 million followers on Instagram where she shares daily accounts of the loss and destruction in Palestine.
"More than 4.1 million people currently follow twenty-five-year-old Owda's Instagram channel, where she posts daily accounts of human, cultural, and capital loss-the devastation of a tiny strip of occupied land described as an open-air prison by rights groups."
The use of social media allows these filmmakers and journalists to provide immediate, unfiltered, and personal video stories to millions of people. They are able to capture and share the reality of the violence and destruction caused by Israeli attacks.
"Twenty-four-year-old photojournalist Motaz Azaiza once captured joyful images for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), such as this photo of smiling Palestinian women wearing traditional tatreez embroidery. With an audience of 18.5 million on Instagram and additional accounts on TikTok and Twitter, he kept telling the stories of his people".