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Is Water a Human Right or Commodity? Film Screening & Discussion

October 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This event will feature a screening of the short documentary “Stolen Water,” followed by a discussion with the director, Laila Khan, and Jamal J. Halaby, a journalist. The speakers will address the essential role of water in human life, subsidies for tap water, what can be done to make water more accessible and affordable for all, water privatization and its effects as a global commodity.
Laila Khan is a filmmaker and director, earning her BA in Moving Image from King’s College London. She completed an internship with Warner Bros. where she worked as a Production Assistant on Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. Khan set up her own production company called Brainworks Picture Company.
Her short film 6 Cup Chai was screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2014, and won a Venus de Badalona award for Best Values at the 40th edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival in Spain. In addition to Stolen Water, Khan also has two feature films currently in development.
Jamal J. Halaby is a Canadian-Jordanian journalist with extensive experience in the Middle East and North Africa, which he has been covering for nearly three decades. Currently, he is the Levant Editor with the Arab Weekly.
Previously, he headed the Jordan operation of the Associated Press, where he worked for 27 years until 2014. At the time, he led a team of reporters, photographers and video journalists for coverage of Jordan. His experience includes covering the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the U.S-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the ongoing war in Syria.

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October 19, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Columbia Global Centers
5 Moh’d Al Sa’d Al-Batayneh Street, Amman, Jordan 11814 Jordan
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