Third place in global competition for local filmmaker

2015-07-29 11:57
Naeem Ally, Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute’s young filmmaker, and his teacher Yasin Ferman Gul, have a look at his short film on YouTube. 
                            Photo:
 ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Naeem Ally, Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute’s young filmmaker, and his teacher Yasin Ferman Gul, have a look at his short film on YouTube. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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WHAT was simply a hobby for an 18-year-old schoolboy, earned him third place in an international filmmaking competition.

Naeem Ally, a grade 11 learner at Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute in Malabar, took a chance by entering Infomatrix - an International Informatics Project Competition for young people, and ended up achieving the overall third place in Romania.

Over 2500 participants from 60 countries took part, with only 357 entries qualifying for the finals.

The topic for the short movie was “Theft” and the entrants had to help viewers understand that theft is unlawful and immoral, and not just produce an action movie with theft being the focus.

The time limit of the movie was a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes.

“I decided to highlight two roles, namely petty theft which we encounter daily, and then I also took it a step further and incorporated Aids - which is theft of life,” explained Naeem.

The young man, who is passionate about horses and photography, has been shooting videos from a young age, yet this project was his first fully fledged short movie.

The movie, called “Through the Cracks”, is about a young boy who learns that his brother has Aids.

Their parents cannot afford treatment for his brother, and the boy decides to steal the cellphone of a classmate to pay for the treatment.

The eight main characters and extras consisted of Naeem’s classmates and teachers.

Naeem did all the camera work and editing by himself.

“It was quite a challenge to get it all done during school work and before the competition, but luckily I had the support of my school and that made it easier.”

His teacher, Yasin Ferman Gul, who was his chaperone on his trip to Romania, assisted Naeem with the planning, storyboard and script, and also played a part in the movie.

“He was really good. He did everything much better than expected, and it was a privilege to help him with this project. The school is very proud of him,” Gul said.

While he is not aiming on being the next Spielberg in Hollywood, he would love to carry on with filmmaking as a hob competitions in future.

He plans on studying Veterinary Science after school.

While Naeem walked away with the bronze medal, it was Germany that took first place and Mexico came in second.

WATCH: Naeem’s short film on Youtube, Through The Cracks 2015 Infomatrix.

Naeem’s photography can be viewed on Instagram: Naeem_Ally_photography

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