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Segment Director/Video Editor, with more than 5 years of experience, skilled, motivated and professional, based in Beirut, Lebanon.

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The Power of Sport
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
10 Jul 2015

In a world where differences and divisions often drive people apart, sport brings people together. Sport overcomes cultural, social, and political barriers, providing an opportunity for dialogue and positive human interaction.

Transterra Media has the world of sports covered, from the fighting Cholitas of Bolivia, to the female boxers of Calcutta, and more.

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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Global Refugee Crisis: The Worst Sinc...
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
11 Jun 2015

June 20 is World Refugee Day.

In 2014, global refugee numbers were higher than they have ever been since World War II. In 2015, the problem has only gotten worse.

There are currently over 50 million refugees in the world and more than %50 of them are children. Approximately half of the world's refugees are from just three countries: Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia.

The response to this massive international crisis has been limited, with most refugee aid programs desperately underfunded. Amnesty International has called the lack of robust international response "A Conspiracy of Neglect." With little help on the way, the future of the world's displaced remains uncertain.

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Child Labour in Our World
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
11 Jun 2015

It may sound like old news to some, but one of the scary realities of our world is that some of the biggest problems facing humanity occur without explosions, protests, or big news headlines. Often, those who suffer the most suffer in silence, far away from the eyes of news cameras and the international community.

Child Labour is one of those problems that passes largely unnoticed. All over the world, across cultural, social, and religious divides, child labour persists. Sometimes it occurs as the simple act of a well-intended parent taking their child to work in the farm fields by their side. Other times, it is malicious factory owners using children as cheap labour in their factory, where they are abused and underpaid.

What makes the issue more complicated is that child labour can occur in front of our eyes, without us noticing. Sometimes understanding child labour is understanding what is not visible to us. It is understanding that a working child is not attending school, that a working child is malnourished, and that a working child is physically and psychologically abused. The difference between a child helping their mother in the family shop and child exploitation could be the simple question of whether or not the child’s work is preventing them from attending school. The line can sometimes be fine and other times glaring.

At Transterra Media, our contributors have documented child labour around the world for years, from the brick factories of Bangladesh, to the garbage piles of Cambodia, and the car repair shops of Syria. Our contributors have shed a small amount of light on a massive issue that the world is still trying to address.

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Downtown Beirut Restaurants Struggle ...
Downtown Beirut
By b.yaacoub
14 May 2015

Restaurants and cafes in downtown Beirut are suffering under the weight of political turmoil. Several establishments have closed down and the remaining ones are trying their best to survive. The manager of one these remaining restaurants said that he has lost about 90% of his customers in the past year and a half.

What was once a promising tourist area, which started growing after the implementation of reconstruction plan, has suffered consecutive blows due to protests staged in Riad Soleh square since 2008 and wider unrest in Lebanon and neighboring Syria.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

-Wide shot of Place de L’Étoile (Nijmeh Square) -Medium shot of Place de L’Étoile - Medium shot of empty tables at an outdoor restaurant -Close-up shot of empty tables -Close-up shot of sign that reads ‘For rent’ with a phone number - Medium shot of two closed shops - Medium shot of a closed shop -Close-up shot of chains with a lock -Wide shot of pedestrian area - Medium shot of closed shops -Wide shot of a closed restaurant -Close-up shot of a steel restaurant area -Close-up shot of piled tables
-Medium shot of tables -Various shots of Ali Abdel Wahed while working at the restaurant -Out of focus/focus, wide shot of pedestrian area -Various shots of ‘For rent’ sign of a closed shop -Wide shot of a closed restaurant -Wide shot of a street -Various shot of closed down shops -Various shot of a closed down restaurant -Wide shot of a closed down shops -Wide shot of Place de L’Étoile -Pan right on a closed down restaurant -Various shots of a clothing shop -Various shot of Place de L’Étoile -Travelling shot of several closed shops -Various shot of Place de L’Étoile -Various shots of empty tables at a restaurant -Various shots of a closed down restaurant -Various shots of a closed down shops -Wide shot of Star square -Pan right on a closed shop - Various shot of a closed down shops -Tilt down on a street with closed shops -Wide shot of Place de L’Étoile -Mid shot on a closed restaurant -Various on empty tables in an outdoor restaurant -Close-up shot of Place de L’Étoile sign -Various shots of a man having lunch and water pipe at a restaurant -Various shots of Houssam and his friends having water pipe and lunch -Various shots of a closed shop -Wide shot of Riad Soleh square -Wide shot of kidnapped soldiers’ families protest tent -Tilt down of photos of kidnapped and killed Lebanese soldiers -Various shots of protest tents in Riad Soleh square -Various shots of barbed wire at Riad Soleh square -Various shots of small children’s drawings and writings on a bridge
-Various shots of writing on the wall that read “Before I die I want Lebanon To” -Various shots of a building that still has the civil war traces -Various shots of Mohamad Al Amin Mosque and Martyrs’ Square

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Beirut Authors Hope to Inspire Reader...
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
02 May 2015

Mono Street, Beirut, Lebanon

May 2, 2015

On the first Saturday of every month, professional antique sellers, second-hand book vendors and everyone else who wants to sell and buy books gather on Mono Street.

Among these vendors are also authors who took the chance to reach out to potential readers directly. One of the authors addresses women, and hopes to encourage them to overcome the difficulties of their lives with short, uplifting poems.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of people passing by bookstands
Close-up of books on a stand
Various of man holding a book
Pan right of the street
Various of books on a stand
Various of a female vendor behind her stand
Close-up of a book titled ‘Drole de Visite du Musee National de Beyrouth’
Various of books
Mid shot on Annie
Mid shot of two people reading
Various of a store for books and art
Various of people in the market
Close-up of ‘Spark Your Imagination’ books
Medium of books on a stand
Various of Houwaida Bitar sitting behind her desk
Close up shot on Spark your mind stand
Various of a man and woman playing the drums
Various of handmade accessories
Various of Grace Tawile behind her stand
Wide of street book market

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Deir Ez Zour - Driving by the Marketp...
Deir-ez-Zour
By b.yaacoub
11 Dec 2014

Market place in Der Ez Zur shot by a cellphone on a bike .

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FSA fighter Reciting anti Bashar Assa...
Deir-ez-Zour
By b.yaacoub
11 Dec 2014

FSA fighter Reciting anti Bashar Asad poem before battle against ISIS