As part of our commitment to building capacity, sharing best practice, and strengthening regional networks, the Chevening Secretariat hosted its sixth Chevening officers’ regional conference in Istanbul, Turkey in February 2018. Chevening officers from over 20 countries in the Europe and Central Asia regions were in attendance, along with five representatives from the Chevening Secretariat: Anne-Marie Graham […]
Egyptian Alumna Wins BBC Short Documentary Award
Chevening Alumna Hanan Youssef (2016) has won the short documentary category at the BBC Arabic Festival 2018 for her documentary titled The Town the Men Left. Youssef is one of six award winners from Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
The Town the Men Left follows the Nubian women who, despite being stigmatised as divorcees, are finding ways to survive.
‘The current circumstances in Egypt are changing the sociological order of Egyptian society. Women are changing their roles. They are trying to provide the psychological and financial stability for themselves and their families,’ said Youssef.
‘In order to survive, they are trying to use the limited resources of their community.’
However, making the film was not without challenges. The team had to film in extremely high temperatures, travel for several hours by train, and even film whilst navigating the Nile River in a small boat.
Still, Youssef says that ‘it was not an easy journey, but it’s worth it.’
The BBC Arabic Festival gives a platform to emerging and established filmmakers. The other winning films focused on refugees’ stories, everyday life during war, the aftermath of war, untold gendered stories, and stories of corruption and politics. There were 20 films in this year’s competition.
Watch the full interview with Hanan Youssef here.
Today Chevening Alumnus Carlos Alvarado Quesada (2008) becomes the 48th president of Costa Rica, after winning approximately 61% of votes in the recent election. At only 38 years old, Alvarado’s election comes just ten years after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue an MSc in Development Studies at the University of Sussex’s Institute of […]
This March, five years after the first regional conference in Buenos Aires, alumni from 12 Latin American countries gathered in Bogotá for the second Chevening LATAM regional conference. The conference was an initiative of the British Embassies Brasilia, La Paz, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Bogotá, as well as Chevening Alumni Colombia (CAC), and funded by the Chevening […]