Alaa Hassan is a photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Syria. 

He left Syria is 2013 and is now based in NY. He recently produced the award winning feature documentary "The War Show". The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Venice days award. His photography book, "Cardboard Castle" looks at political advertisement and the urban development of Damascus. It was published with support from the British Council and the Prince Claus Fund.

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Photo by: ©Elyse Blennerhassett