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Meet Sabine Kahwaji: A Lebanese-Canadian Filmmaker From Vancouver, Canada.

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Kahwaji has become a go-to concert videographer in Vancouver, Canada. Aside from releasing a highly selected short film back in 2017, the 21yr old continued to utilize her skills in the industry and has worked with some pretty cool artists. Kahwaji has done quite a bit in her startup. Every heard of Tyler Shaw? Kim Petras? Alessia Cara? You name it, she’s filmed for them.

We talked to Sabine recently and had a few questions to ask. Here’s how it went: Do you find it overwhelming filming for well-known artists? 


Initially yes, but as time goes I solely focus on trying to execute the best possible project I can for the artist/management. Of course, there have been times where I get very nervous and feel off game but I’m learning to skip that part and just be myself. But definitely during the post-production process, it hits me and I think “wow I just filmed for him/her.”

Why concerts and artists and the industry?

I would say because of my passion for music videos and music itself. I’ve always had an interest in the music industry since I was a kid and being a music video director is definitely the end goal. I had to find ways to break in instead of just focusing on local acts, and concerts really felt like the right way to do it. I’ve met so many great artists and managers throughout the time that I’ve been filming and continue to build a good name for myself. I guess I knew somehow I wanted to get involved in the industry whether it would be in PR or marketing but with my passion for filmmaking I realized I could utilize those skills instead. I’m hoping I can transition from filming promotional videos to directing music videos instead, but we’ll see how it all pans out!

Your concert videos are one night shows not tours, do you find it hard to make multiple edits from one set?

Surprisingly not, it’s just something I got used to the more concerts I filmed. I took it as fuel to motivate myself instead of stressing over it. I’ve gotten used to running all over the place to get different shots, loads of behind the scenes, and really anything I can get. Especially in situations where you’re not touring with the artist, you have to film what you can get and there’s no redo. I usually end up with about 5 hours of footage then get home and edit 40s cuts and a tour doc. I stay up till 4 am editing to give a quick turnaround but it’s all worth it. Especially when your work is reposted, it feels really great to see positive reactions.

Have you always wanted to be a director?

Yes! I’ve been a film buff about as long as I can remember. I just wanted to see if my love for storytelling and watching films would translate into making them and now it really is. I knew I wanted to be involved in the music industry I just never thought it would actually workout. I still don’t consider myself an “actual director” as
I’m still making my way up the ladder but I’m excited to see what happens!

Any favourite artists you currently worked with?

I would definitely say, Tyler Shaw. He and his team are really welcoming and nice and I’ve gotten to know them which has made things really fun too. I’ve been able to film loads of content for him and it’s been so amazing. I’ve been filming with him since February 2019, so I’ve gotten the hang of how things go, what angles, etc. It’s still nerve-wracking sometimes because I always want to deliver the best of what I can get, but it ultimately turns out pretty good in the end.

What is your next step? Any goals?

My goal is to fully transition from being a music industry editor/videographer to directing and editing big music videos for industry artists. It’s all a process but I’m determined to do what it takes, and so far the hard work has been paying off. I think my next step is a move to Toronto. Although Vancouver is “Hollywood North” the music industry side is very prominent out there. I know quite a few individuals in the workplace there so I feel the transition would be a smooth one.

Finally, would you see yourself creating any short films similar to Seventeen down the road? We found that piece very sentimental. 


Thank you, it really was back then. I don’t think anytime soon as I’m too focused on industry work and shorts are very time consuming. Although that short in particular was a very pivotal moment for me and really the start of everything… I can’t see myself creating a project similar to it. It was really the end of an era, you know? Who knows though, I’ll probably end up making one about my twenties since that’s been much more interesting so far haha. But I have documentaries in the works, I find those much more intriguing and hope to release one in 2020.

 

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How does acupuncture work? All you need to know

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How does acupuncture work? All you need to know

Acupuncture work

Chinese traditional medicine is considered very effective. It consists of many unique methods of treating diseases. Many countries around the world are studying these theories and are beginning to apply them in practice in their clinics. One of these methods is acupuncture. It helps cope with a large list of diseases as well as improve the overall condition of the organism. You can undergo the procedure at a Cross-Up Chiropractic clinic, which employs qualified specialists.

Briefly on the term “acupuncture”

Acupuncture (acupuncture) is an ancient Chinese treatment method. During the procedure, the patient is injected with special needles into the biologically active points. According to Chinese theory, it is believed that the Qi energy is flowing in a person, and only this energy can ensure good health. If it starts to stagnate, various diseases occur. There are over 500 such active points on the human body. They are all connected to each other.

Acupuncture helps:

  • reduce pain;
  • improve the condition of the skin, hair and nails;
  • restore normal hormone synthesis;
  • increase overall immunity;
  • to flush out all the toxins;
  • remove muscle cramps;
  • improve blood circulation.

Acupuncture can really help with a problem with any system of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

A course of acupuncture can only be performed by a specialist who has appropriate training and a license. A person must know when and in what place to insert needles depending on the disease.

The session usually takes place in the comfort of a warm, quiet place on a soft couch. The right amount of needles is injected into a certain part of the body (depending on the problem). The patient usually feels nothing and there is no pain. The session lasts for 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist takes the needles out.

Three to 15 sessions may be needed to improve your health. Everyone feels differently after the treatment. Some feel relaxed and sleepy, others feel a burst of energy.

What can and can’t be done after the procedure?

Immediately after the session, it is recommended that you just lie down for 10-15 minutes and drink water. But these are not all the rules that must be observed. For the duration of the treatment and for two weeks after it, you can’t:

  1. Take any alcoholic beverages. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum. It is better to ask your doctor how much you can drink per day.
  2. Heavy physical activity. Many people feel so energized after the first sessions that they are ready to do something and exercise around the clock. This is not the way to do it. It is better to let the body rest.
  3. Strong drugs like antidepressants, painkillers, and antibiotics are forbidden. Before starting therapy, it is better to ask a specialist about the compatibility of medications and acupuncture.

And the most important point is that for effective results, you need to take a full course of acupuncture. Some patients see an improvement after the second or third time and decide that they have had enough. This is categorically not the way to do it. Only a completed course can benefit the body.

Chinese traditional medicine is considered very effective. It consists of many unique methods of treating diseases. Many countries around the world are studying these theories and are beginning to apply them in practice in their clinics. One of these methods is acupuncture. It helps cope with a large list of diseases as well as improve the overall condition of the organism. You can undergo the procedure at Cross-Up Chiropractic clinic, which employs qualified specialists.

Briefly on the term “acupuncture”

Acupuncture (acupuncture) is an ancient Chinese treatment method. During the procedure, the patient is injected with special needles into the biologically active points. According to Chinese theory, it is believed that the Qi energy is flowing in a person, and only this energy can ensure good health. If it starts to stagnate, various diseases occur. There are over 500 such active points in the human body. They are all connected to each other.

Acupuncture helps:

  • reduce pain;
  • improve the condition of the skin, hair, and nails;
  • restore normal hormone synthesis;
  • increase overall immunity;
  • to flush out all the toxins;
  • remove muscle cramps;
  • improve blood circulation.

Acupuncture can really help with a problem with any system of the body.

How does acupuncture work?

A course of acupuncture can only be performed by a specialist who has appropriate training and a license. A person must know when and in what place to insert needles depending on the disease.

The session usually takes place in the comfort of a warm, quiet place on a soft couch. The right amount of needles is injected into a certain part of the body (depending on the problem). The patient usually feels nothing and there is no pain. The session lasts for 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist takes the needles out.

Three to 15 sessions may be needed to improve your health. Everyone feels differently after the treatment. Some feel relaxed and sleepy, others feel a burst of energy.

What can and can’t be done after the procedure?

Immediately after the session, it is recommended that you just lie down for 10-15 minutes and drink water. But these are not all the rules that must be observed. For the duration of the treatment and for two weeks after it, you can’t:

  1. Take any alcoholic beverages. Keep coffee and tea to a minimum. It is better to ask your doctor how much you can drink per day.
  2. Heavy physical activity. Many people feel so energized after the first sessions that they are ready to do something and exercise around the clock. This is not the way to do it. It is better to let the body rest.
  3. Strong drugs like antidepressants, painkillers, antibiotics are forbidden. Before starting therapy, it is better to ask a specialist about the compatibility of medications and acupuncture.

And the most important point is that for effective results, you need to take a full course of acupuncture. Some patients see an improvement after the second or third time and decide that they have had enough. This is categorically not the way to do it. Only a completed course can benefit the body.

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