Bassam Dawood: The Return of the Storyteller – Video

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Bassam Dawood: The Storyteller’s Return

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Bassam Dawood: The Storyteller's Return

April 10
                            2020

The Syrian storyteller returns to appear again on social media, trying to enter the homes of Syrians, residents inside Syria, or refugees among them in different countries of the world alike, after being stoned by the crisis of the global epidemic of Corona.
The actor and theater artist Bassam Dawood, who lives in the German city of Berlin, appeared in the story of the storyteller again, through the “Al-Hakoji” program, which is broadcast on the Syrian “Storyteller’s Euphrates” page, to tell new stories, using the personality and appearance of the Syrian storyteller, his way of writing and some of his vocabulary, but in a manner Modern, modern, trying to cope with the modern requirements for the appearance of the character on the media, after he was on a high chair in the chest of Damascene cafes.Within only two weeks of the birth of the idea and the beginning of its preparation, Al-Hakoji reached his fourth episode, as part of a project of 13 episodes in the first season of it, dealing with Syrian issues that appeared in recent years on the Syrian scene, and some of them may have occurred to the lives of Syrians, refugees and residents, as it progressed The episodes are of simple narration, of eight minutes per loop.
And about whether this idea came to meet the conditions of the home quarantine for the visitors of the communication sites from the Syrians as a matter of entertainment, or is there another meaningful aspect in the matter, David notes in an interview with “the new Arab”, that “the two reasons were present for the launch of the program, so the fun without Something meaningful is empty pleasure, and the purposeful article without pleasure is dry and not close to the heart and does not follow, and certainly our goal is to entertain people and introduce pleasure to themselves, but at the same time we liked to communicate some messages by dealing with some of the life issues that the Syrian person lives. ”

As for the topics chosen for the content of the episodes, and how to measure their impact on the followers, David explains that “The topics selected for the titles and content of the program are all centered around the humanitarian aspects of the lives of Syrians with appropriate treatment of the program, but as for measuring their impact on people, the rate of interaction must be based on a medium The communication on which the episodes are presented is the best unit of measurement, through comments and likes or the size of the observations, or by communicating with us we are in the program team personally by the followers, and certainly the means of communication give reports on the size of the access and the places of spread, etc. It’s through the first three episodes of interaction was good, and the numbers Views satisfactory for us during this short period, and there is a good slice of the program received much positive, and this I am very pleased. “

We also asked Bassam Dawood about his methods of modernizing the storyteller’s personality, or his vision of modernizing this Syrian folk personality, as he pointed out that “modernizing storytellers in the program was through the topics presented and the stories told in it, as the mere transition from popular inherited stories to storytelling Daily and real life, while retaining the style and method of the storyteller, is the modernization of the fact that the content is contemporary, and our aim was to preserve the life and existence of this character. Previously, the storyteller’s stories were limited to the narrations of Antara, Al-Zeer and Abu Al-Fawares, and the rituals collected were restricted to cafes in the month of Ramadan or to tourists, either. Method a For an introduction by us to the storyteller, then we go to the wider field through social media, and this in itself is a modernization of the character. “

And on the current and future plans of the program, David indicates that “the current plan is the end of the first season, as it is still under implementation and filming which is 13 episodes, the show will extend until the second week of next May, but as for the future, we cannot do In any step until the general reactions of the people to the program are evaluated after the end of the first season, then dealing with two or three episodes is not a measure, and the general interaction must be monitored, and on the basis of which we may decide to continue or change in the form or the content.

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