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Ihab Mokayed Portrait
Collaborative residency – Hive Visual arts

Ihab Mokayed – “When I had no one else to talk to, I had my camera”

We’re going behind the scenes with Ihab Mokayed, Syrian filmmaker and refugee, in this episode of Les Explorateurs.

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Les Explorateurs (The Explorers) is a podcast about how real people are making the future they want to live in. You'll hear bite-sized immersive stories recorded at thecamp.

Ihab Mokayed is one of 20 international creatives participating in thecamp’s third collaborative residency, Hive#03. Applications for Hive#04 are open through September 30. Click to apply or to learn more about the Hive and the Hivers’ projects.

Ihab Mokayed, born in Aleppo, Syria, is a 25-year-old film director and producer. He directed and wrote his first short film at the age of 17, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, after winning a competition. It was at that moment he discovered his passion. His first feature documentary, “The Unexpected Refugee,” about his experience of becoming a refugee for the first time, has won multiple awards and was nominated at the Nice Film Festival in 2015. With 7 years of experience, he moved to Paris, France in 2017 to continue his career, with the goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur and having a positive impact on this world.