RORY PECK AWARDS 2001
Sponsored by Sony
Talal Abu Rahma
WINNER: Sony International Impact Award
"Death of Mohammed El Durah"
Shot September 2000
the second Intifada occurred at the end of September 2000, I was filming
near the colony of Netzarim when shooting started.
I was alone and filming in one of the most dangerous moments of my life
when I caught this little boy, Mohammed El Durah and his father being
caught under fire too. Filming his death was the saddest moment of my
Talal Abu Rahma has been a journalist for 14 years. He studied Business
Administration in the USA, is a board member of the Palestinian Journalists'
Association and a member of the Arab journalists' Association. Talal is
a distinguished journalist and owns his own press office, the News National
Center in Gaza. This footage was filmed in his capacity as Correspondent
for the French television station, France 2, for whom he has worked on
a freelance basis since 1988. He also works for CNN through the Al-Wataneya
2000: Festival Scoop Prize, Angers, France Qurtaj Cenima Festival, Tunisia;
Palestine Prize for Arts, Literature and Human Sciences; Qatar Honoring
Prize, Doha, Qatar; Alexandria Honoring Prize, Alexandria, Egypt; Research
Fund for the Study of Future of North-South Cultural Communication in
Rabat, Morocco; Iran Prize for the Palestinian Intifada; Medal of Bravery,
Palestinian Journalists' Association, Jerusalem
2001: Arab Journalism Prize (Best News Scoop), Dubai; Journalist of the
Year, ADC, Washington DC; Jordanian Syndicates' Complex Prize, Amman;
Radio & TV Festival Prize, Cairo.
an equality of compassion. Filming on both sides on the same day is quite
made people angry. This child is one of the few victims that we know the
name of. In terms of impact, this is very strong."
in a whole different audience."