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Hernán Zin was born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, where he studied International Relations. At the age of 22, he packed his bags and cameras and began traveling all over the world, filming documentaries and writing books. War and poverty are the main subjects of Hernan's work. In 1997, he traveled to India to shoot the documentary ‘Calcutta, Life in the Station of Death’ for Televisión Española. After that, he set up his own production company Contramedia Films, based in Madrid. In 2010, Zin received the International Award of the Spanish Television Academy for his defense of human rights.
His documentaries include ‘Slum World’ (2009), ‘Quiero Ser Messi’ (2013), ‘War Against Women’ (2013) and ‘Born in Gaza’ (2014), and his latest film 'Born in Syria' (2016).
Hernán Zin: Giving a Voice to the Children
"The narrative base of Born in Syria is found within the voices and gazes of the children in Syria and in their journey to the Promised Land: Europe. No voice will tell us the story better than the little Syrians.This is a narrative form that I previously used in works such as The War Against Women, a documentary about rape as a weapon of war. This was filmed over three years in ten countries and premiered in 2013 in Great Britain, with the help of actress Angelina Jolie. In the mov ie, over thirty women speak to the camera, recounting horrors they have suffered and how they fought to overcome them.
That same year, I also premiered a documentary that I produced and directed: I want to be Messi, coproduced by TVE and globally premiered by National Geographic. In this work, a dozen children denounce abuses endured at the hands of representatives and unscrupulous traders in the darkest corners of the soccer industry.
In 2014, I made the documentary Born in Gaza about the children living in the middle of the Palestine-Israel conflict. A decade earlier, I wrote a book called, "Helado y patatas fritas" and a series of reports for el Mundo TV about the sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia. As you can see, the most disadvantaged individuals,especially children, have always been the main subject of my work over the last 20 years as a documentary filmmaker."
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