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Yaara Bou Melhem on 'Surveillance'
UTS Assembly is a live lecture series that invites leading creative minds to reflect on the conditions that shape our everyday lives.

In 2022, join UTS Assembly to hear original and insightful perspectives from curator, Nato Thompson on CITIES; designer, Gaetano Pesce on FUTURES; journalist and documentary film maker, Yaara Bou Melham on SURVEILLANCE, and contemporary artist, Camille Henrot on TECHNOLOGY.

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Yaara Bou Melhem is a Sydney-based journalist and documentary filmmaker whose makes work that primarily focuses on environment and human rights issues. She has received two UN Media Peace Awards and five Walkley Awards.

Bou Melhem’s recent documentary feature, Unseen Skies, 2021 interrogates the dangers of unfettered artificial intelligence use and mass surveillance. It screened in competition at the Sydney Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. She has also made documentary shorts including Maria Ressa: War on Truth, 2019 about the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s global campaign against disinformation.

Bou Melhem is also currently directing a series for ABC Arts and is one of two inaugural journalists-in-residence at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas where she is developing her next documentary feature Solastalgia - Journeys Through a Scarred Landscape.

Hosted by Dr Sacha Molitorisz, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Media Transition, UTS.

Programmed by UTS Gallery & Art Collection and brought to you by UTS Events.

Sep 2, 2022 12:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Yaara Bou Melhem
Journalist and documentary film maker
Yaara Bou Melhem is a five-time Walkley Award-winning filmmaker and investigative journalist whose work focuses on environmental and human rights issues. Her first feature-length documentary, Unseen Skies (2021) follows artist Trevor Paglen’s journey to bring to light the urgency of the global impact of technology in the 21st century and the adverse effects on our anonymity and privacy. Bou Melhem was a foreign correspondent with Dateline, SBS TV and Al Jazeera English for more than a decade and her films have received a number of accolades including two UN Media Peace Awards, two New York Film & Television Festival Awards, and a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award. She has also made documentary shorts including War on Truth (2019) for Witness, Al Jazeera English which followed UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize Winner and digital rights pioneer, Maria Ressa and her global campaign against disinformation.