Private Project

The Girl From Gaza

The ongoing occupation in Palestine has wrought havoc on Mariam’s life, who with her mother Bara'ah in Gaza is constantly 'fighting for her future against Israeli occupation, bombs and patriarchal rules' while feeling like life is spiralling out of control.

Despite living in an open air prison, Mariam finds focus through Taekwondo and education. Many girls in Gaza get the opportunity to study abroad yet the majority never make it out - will Mariam's dream of a scholarship be her ticket to freedom?

  • Nicolas Aujula
  • Nicolas Aujula
  • Nicolas Aujula
  • Mariam Al-Muzainy
    Key Cast
  • Bara'ah Abu Rass
    Key Cast
    "Mariam's Mother"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    250 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • River Film Festival
    June 6, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nicolas Aujula

Nicolas Aujula, is a film maker who tells stories through the eyes of women to give them a platform to shed light on social issues, refugees and conflict, gender equality and sexuality. His repertoire includes covering stories from Gaza, sexual health awareness and exploring mental health struggles in the Middle East.

Before picking up the camera, Nicolas spent over a decade dealing with stories of trauma and triumph of Arab royalty, businessmen, ex-offenders to housewives as a therapist. Through the power of story telling and the medium of film, Nicolas brings with him great sensitivity and understanding through his subjects to bring out the many truths of human nature, with an aim to change perspectives on the differences and commonality that we all share.

After completing his first film, 'The Girl From Gaza' in 2022; Nicolas is currently working on his next project following the story of another palestinian women set in the complex backdrop of Lebanon.

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Director Statement

We don't always hear personal stories from Gaza due to the Israeli blockade that I felt it was important to share Mariam's struggles and triumphs; essentially a young girls dream of freedom having lived through the horrors of three wars and ongoing occupation. What inspired me the most about Maraim and her mother Bara'ah is their courage to thrive despite the wars and shackles of patriarchy trying to suffocate them, they just never gave up. Whilst Gaza may seem like a far away land for many, some of the issues highlighted will resonate with many women globally who find patriarchal attitudes a hindrance to being the best version of themselves. The Girl From Gaza is an inspiration that despite the political and social difficulties around us, hope and determination can help one fulfil their dreams.