1. It is not so much about whether life will change, it’s more about how life will change and who will really benefit.

    From a life of sustainability to one of economic dependency and uncertainty within the span of just a single generation.

    Yousef belongs to the Gujjar community, a semi-nomadic group living in the valleys and mountains of the Kashmiri Himalayas, India. The people of his community and millions of others like them are not only beginning to lose their strong cultural identity but also their relationship with their environment and with it the possibility of a truly sustainable future.

    With thanks to Yousef and the people of his village Azbandar in Sonmarg Valley.

    Music by Ensemble Ibn Arabi ensembleibnarabi.com/
    For more information en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurjar

    Assistant producer, interviews and translation by Chintan Gohil chintangohil.com

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  2. Watch this in 4K on YouTube! https://youtu.be/Pgd2kWuOtwE

    The music was custom-scored for this video by the amazing duo "Bytheway-May”. Download the song “Yume" by Bytheway-May:
    iTunes: http://apple.co/1yXhO3i | Amazon: http://amzn.to/1DHMzVK
    Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1HAt5bv | Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1GpO3YX

    Stream it: https://youtu.be/w8kM3dzpBQE

    Contact for a custom score: bythewaymay@gmail.com

    Film by Jared Cook

    Contact for licensing and collaborations: Jared@JaredRCook.com

    This film was created on a Team Super Tramp production in association with Tyler Gathro (http://tylergathro.com/). See the main Holy Land video on DevinSuperTramp’s channel here: https://youtu.be/otP54vrpOJ4

    For this project, we filmed around Israel and Jordan over three weeks, spending Holy Week in Jerusalem. Check out the Behind the Scenes! https://youtu.be/yFeEPnl4ltA

    These timelapses were compiled from over 25,000 RAW still images that were graded in Adobe Lightroom and and edited in Adobe Premiere CC at 4K (3840x2160) resolution.

    Canon 5D Mark III - http://goo.gl/686J4F
    Canon 5D Mark II - http://goo.gl/Kd6TQr
    Canon 10-22mm EF-S - http://goo.gl/tE1rZz
    Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 - http://goo.gl/Q2k5ql
    Canon 24-105mm f/4 - http://goo.gl/iaJ2sy
    Canon 50mm f/1.4 - http://goo.gl/hFhMKD
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8 - http://goo.gl/Avl9uD

    Dynamic Perception Stage 1 Slider - http://goo.gl/VlnJa2
    eMotimo TB3 Black Pan/Tilt Head - http://goo.gl/pz4zmu
    Anker portable batteries (14,000 + 20,000 mAh) - http://goo.gl/x8z1kB

    Trigger Trap iOS App + Cable http://goo.gl/8tVe2S
    Neewer Timer Remote http://goo.gl/GkSnnz

    I explain all the equipment I use in my filmmaking work here:

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  3. Reflections on the Muslim process of burial from two of the female washers at the IAR mosque in Raleigh, NC. Unlike many other traditions, Muslims are given a very simple burial ceremony. After being washed and applied with perfume, the body is wrapped in biodegradable sheets and placed directly into the earth.

    This tradition can be related to the Qur'anic verse, "From the earth We created you, into it We shall return you, and from it We shall raise you a second time." [Qur'an 20:55]

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  4. In this video, narratives collide with music, poetry and politics to create a complex and layered experience. A poet, dancer, angel, prisoner converge with community to speak, deflect, and intervene against racial profiling and hate crimes. This convergence exemplifies a spirit of defiance and resistance from communities of people who refuse to end in violence. This spoken word video is a collaboration between artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano with over 100 diverse volunteers, participants and community members in the Chicagoland area. It is part of an ongoing project that engages art as a form of intervention against the racial profiling of Muslims in a post 9/11 era. The larger project titled “The 1700% Project” uses a multi-faceted artistic approach to educate the wider public about the diversity within the Muslim community. The number 1700% refers to the exponential percentage increase of hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since the events of September 11, 2001. The text is created from 100 lines of filed hate crime reports. The poem is an unapologetic response to injustices directed against the Muslim community that reflects both the absurdity and dangers of racially-motivated fears. For more info visit: http://1700percentproject.wordpress.com/

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  5. In March of 2015, I set off to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to begin a new personal project. In the beginning, I thought perhaps it would be a still photography trip only. But just as I left the door, I decided to grab my GoPro kit in case anything interesting happened and I could just film it myself. This is that footage.

    00:00 - Intro, Joey departs NYC
    01:31 - Preparation in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan
    02:15 - PKK Guerrillas in Makhmour
    05:41 - Crossing the border into Syria, YPG/J Guerrillas in Rojava
    07:19 - Interview with YPJ members
    09:07 - Daily life on a YPG/J base and photoshoot
    10:13 - Clash in Tel Tamer, dead ISIS fighters
    12:38 - Interview with American YPG Fighter “Fat Jack” in Tel Tamer
    13:44 - Tel Hamis liberation, guerrillas living in abandoned ISIS base
    16:38 - Urban exploration of abandoned ISIS base
    20:28 - Overview of humanitarian crisis on Sinjar mountain
    23:10 - ISIS suicide VBIED attack inside the besieged city of Sinjar
    25:14 - Funeral of YBŞ guerrilla fighter in Sinjar
    26:23 - Yezidi refugees and Shingal Resistance Unit
    28:37 - Outro and closing thoughts
    29:19 - Funeral of British YPG soldier Konstandinos Erik Scurfield
    30:38 - Credits

    The photography in this video and further writing can be found at:


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