Luay Albasha (1995, Castellón, Spain) is a freelance photographer and documentary filmaker based in Barcelona. Originally from Syria and Palestine, he has been raised between both eastern and western culture, giving him a different point of view on the world and a unique mentality when it comes to middle eastern conflicts.
He became interested in photography and film at the early age of 12, when he started to use his fathers camera to film and record all the experiences that involve him. After finishing the bachelor´s degree, Luay moved to the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (2013 - 2017). During those years he improved the knowledge of filmmaking, scripting, editing and also the photography but it wasn't until 2016 when he started to specialize in filmaking and photography documentary in Finland at OAMK Oulu University of Applied Science (2016 - 2017). He did his final thesis about The International Media Role in Syrian Civil War
Immediately after finishing his degree, he moved to Barcelona to do a postgraduate in Photojournalism (2017 - 2018) at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
During this year he made an internship in El Periódico de Cataluña, One of the biggest newspaper companies in Spain and worked as a freelance photographer with PEN Catalá.
Luay also did two documentaries about:
As Director Voice to the Voiceless Vanguard Journalism - A documentary about a Syrian activists producers that covered the attacks of Syrian regime in Aleppo, support the sieged city with audiovisual content. Also they created a Sitcomedy webserie inside the besieged area while the regime was bombing them.
As Filmmaker Roots from the North - A documentary about Sami people an ancestral society in northern part of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia that has being silenced by Finnish government and their people
- Breaking news
- Video capture
- Video editing
My arrival in Barcelona coincided with the escalation of tension between Catalonia and Spain. The independence leaders called the Referendum for self-determination for 1-O, but the constitutional court suspended it. The referendum was held illegally throughout Catalonia, they mobilized to protect the polling stations from the possible arrival of the Civil Guard. This referendum later caused the imprisonment of several Catalan political leaders and the flight of others, increasing the tension in the streets of Catalonia. This report shows from the Referendum to the provisional imprisonment of Puigdemont in Germany, going through demonstrations, protests, strikes, confrontations and elections.
The Refugee Writer
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel and Roland Fosso seem the same person. Both come from the center of Africa, the first from Equatorial Guinea, the second from Cameroon, they are novel writers, more social than mere entertainment. They write about migration, social injustice, oppression, Westerners and interests in Africa, dictatorships ... but the truth is that Roland and Juan are opposed to each other. Both have had a hard life, they have left their country, they have suffered to get here and they have written about it. However once installed in Spain have followed completely different paths. This report shows some parallel fragments of his day to day in Catalonia and shows why they have seen in the literature an impulse to move forward.