Sasha El Jurdi

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

I grew up in the beautiful Lebanon, and despite the political instability and chaos, I'm proud. I'm currently studying Media & Communication with a Journalism emphasis at the American University of Beirut. I'm interested in Media because it's one of the most powerful forces in the world. I'm passionate about film making, and hope to use it to pursue my two dream career paths. I want to be a travel journalist, to capture the beauty and chaos of each country through films. These films will show the traditions, people, food, culture, spiritual aura, and nightlife, to name a few. Hopefully, they'll be able to disprove some stereotypes about certain cultures. I'm currently a cartoonist who sketches characters and creates their story lines. I hope to prosper into an animator, screenwriter, and film director, so I could make my sketches into animation movies. Since the future of the world lies in the hands of the future generations, they should know what really matters. These animation movies will support diversity, equality, and teach about human and animal rights in ways children would enjoy. To combine these two together, I'd integrate characters based on people I've met from each country into my movies.

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