The more content I see from ATV, the more furious I become that this media project has been stifled. It is now certain that ATV launch will be delayed till beyond Ramadan. The channel had a full Ramadan schedule prepared including some specially commissioned productions (for more info about this, read this month’s JO cover story by Lina Ejeilat, who wrote about ATV’s dramatization of Sultana, based on the novel of the late Jordanian writer Ghaleb Halasa).
ATV’s super complicated troubles aside, here is another sample of the content their young team has produced:
Hearts of Light: a touching story of a woman who lost her teenage daughter to illness and who has dedicated her life and art to help other families and children in their fight against illness.
A Story in a Paper: Another episode of this program, going deep behind a press story to bring out all the details. In this episode we learn about the ordeal of a poor family father who, for 14 years, was living without proof of citizenship in one of Amman’s poor neighborhood. The story starts with the tragic death of the man’s boy and girl twin at birth and his inability to pay the hospital bill. He was not able to take the bodies of the babies for burial before paying the bill.
His case was published in a newspaper and people helped him pay the bill and bury his two babies. But his problems did not start or end there. His ordeal was that he, apparently like thousands of people, fell between the cracks of bureaucracy, and lost his Jordanian citizenship. Without an ‘identity’, he and his family where trapped in poverty, illiteracy and depravation.
More TV content from ATV will be making its way to Ikbis in the coming days.
Yeah, and Happy Ramadan by the way.
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