Zehra Attari Memorial Fund
Elias [Hamza] Acevedo is a Spanish-American filmmaker whose work focuses on the mechanisms that assemble society and its cultural differences. Currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts at CCNY in NY, Elias is specializing in his field. Born in New Jersey, graduated with honors from the University of Tampa with a BA in Film and Media Arts. Through study and travel Elias has developed stories mostly as an editor and cinematographer geographically ranging throughout central Florida and beyond internationally to countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has devoted his filmmaking towards reiterating the importance of social justice. While in Lebanon, Elias has worked for Oxfam GB focusing on women empowerment and covered Doctors Without Borders’ work in Yemen’s health care system. His films have won international awards from Bahrain and various national film festivals. His production and post production work has broadcasted on platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Bright House network. His work projects elements of cultural differences, social pressures and mental stimuluses through stories trapped in the world. Aside from filmmaking, Elias is an activist and expresses his position through social awareness. He serves food to the homeless with Love has No Borders and fights humanitarian causes through various non-profit organizations. Elias was the vice president of Muslim Student Association and fought for consistent activism throughout the community. His objective is to exploit the truth and beauty behind realism, through non-mainstream styles.
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