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Alaa eldin El Dajani

Alaa eldin El Dajani

Documentary Film and Video


Alaa was born and raised in Egypt. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo, and an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. His first short documentary film Resonance, which profiles a day in the life of his young blind Egyptian musician friend, was his initial motivation towards the study of documentary. During his studies at Stanford, Alaa has made four short films. His film In Circles has played in many festivals across the US and was a Finalist at the 2009 Student Academy Awards. His interests in documentary include religion, psychology and social relations. Other general interests include classical Middle Eastern music, Arabic calligraphy, philosophy, and poetry.



UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant, 2010
Enersen Foundation Production Grant2010

The Art of Jihad 

hd video
JUNE, 2010
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"Yes, I carry explosives. They are called words." In our heavily mediated world, words and images play an important role in the creation of misconceptions. In this film, three American artists combine those two elements to address and combat the prevalent stereotypes about Islam in the U.S.

The Adventures of ALS Boy 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2009
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This film is about the places that one man goes in his mind as his body is swiftly fading away due to Lou Gehrig's disease.

In Circles 

hd video
Co-directed by Emile Bokaer
MARCH, 2009

A story of two men struggling to re-enter society, and the group that helps them work towards this goal.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2009
Finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2009
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2010
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2009

3 Wishes 

16mm black and white film
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With some parents becoming distrustful of public schools, they are turning towards the tutoring of their own children.  An 11 year old home-schooled boy talks about how he spends his time and what it is like to have parents who are also his teachers.



June 12, 2010

Free and Open to the Public

June 11, 2009

Free and open to the public

March 17, 2009

Free and open to the public

December 9, 2008

Free and open to the public