Pioneering Gazan filmmaker Rashid Mashharawi was born in 1962 in Shati refugee camp. A self-taught filmmaker, he worked in many films and learned the craft of filmmaking by observing. The film that drew international attention to Mashharawi was his work on the life of the Palestinian laborers, Shelter (1989). His film Haifa(1996) was screened at Un Certain Regard. That was the first time Palestine was officially represented at Cannes. Some of his other acclaimed works include Curfew (1993, Golden Antigone, Montpellier); Ticket to Jerusalem (2002, Silver Pyramid, Cairo IFF), Waiting (2005, Golden Unicorn, Amiens, RTBF Award, Mons), Laila’s Birthday (2008, multiple awards at Amiens, Mons, Singapore, Fajr IFF etc.), Palestine Stereo (2013), and many others. He is also the founder of the Cinema Production and Distribution Center (CPC). Based in Ramallah, the centre has been conducting hands-on training workshops for young Palestinian filmmakers since 1996.