Budding filmmaker second in global competition

2016-06-08 06:00
Muhammed Yaseen Moosa Hassim (middle), who achieved second place in a global competition for his short movie titled ‘Karma’. Left, Thaaqib Adams who was the scriptwriter, and teacher Fatih Baltan (right), at Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute. Photo: SUPPLIED

Muhammed Yaseen Moosa Hassim (middle), who achieved second place in a global competition for his short movie titled ‘Karma’. Left, Thaaqib Adams who was the scriptwriter, and teacher Fatih Baltan (right), at Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute. Photo: SUPPLIED

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IT was lights, camera, action for a budding filmmaker who took second place in an international filmmaking competition in Romania.

Muhammed Yaseen Moosa Hassim, a Grade 8 pupil from Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute, represented South Africa in this year’s Infomatrix, an International Informatics Project Competition.

The talented 13-year-old, who recently achieved second place in the competition, said the experience has been life-changing and surreal.

“It feels surreal. All the other projects were so good, I didn’t know what to expect.”

“It has been a wonderful, life-changing experience, one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

Hassim added that during the competition process, there were thousands of applicants but only about 300 were selected to compete in the finals.

There were also various competition categories including programming, robotics, hardware control, computer art, and short movies.

Infomatrix is an annual International Informatics Project Competition with the aim of encouraging young people to apply their imagination, their passion, and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world today.

This year’s short movie topic was “justice”, where participants had a time limit of three to seven minutes to capture a short movie that highlighted the topic in a unique way.

Hassim’s short movie titled “Karma”, was inspired by hearing about situations where a grandfather is rejected by his son and left in an old age home.

Thaaqib Adams who also attends Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute was the scriptwriter.

“The short movie is about a father who through the innocence of his son, realises how badly he has been treating his own father,” Hassim said.

The short movie was filmed at various places in Port Elizabeth including Al Badr Arabians farm in Sardinia bay, Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute and the Boardwalk hotel.

“I thought the competition would be challenging but it turned out to be easy and enjoyable. The judges were friendly and gave useful advice.

Hassim’s short movie can be viewed on YouTube, titled Karma Infomatrix 2016.

When Hassim is not behind the camera, he enjoys playing sport, reading, watching movies and editing clips.

He added that if provided with the opportunity, he would enter more filming competitions.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity given to me by the school, teachers’ support and the support of my friends. This wouldn’t have been as successful without their support and encouragement.”

Hassim’s teacher, Fatih Baltan, said the school is very proud of Hassim’s achievement.

This is not the first time a pupil from Nizamiye Al-Azhar Institute has taken a top position in a filmmaking competition. Last year, Naeem Ally, who was in grade 11 at the time, achieved third place in the 2015 Infomatrix.

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