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Tarek Bouraque is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Through his projects, he focuses on social justice, migration, First Nation rights and identities. His films have screened at the Docfilm Institute, the Rory Peck Trust Awards, Anthology Film Archive and Hong Kong/New York Film Festival Exchange. As a journalist, Tarek has been directing and producing for international media outlets including Al Jazeera English, AJ+, AFP, National Geographic and others. Since 2016, Tarek teaches Emerging Media, Film and Documentary production at Hunter College, York College, Downtown Community Television Center and Educational Video Center.

Tarek holds a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College and a BA in Journalism and Television from ESJ Paris/Casablanca.

TAREK BOURAQUE
Director, Producer, Journalist & Educator
bouraquetarek@globalfronteras.com
NYC: +1 929-216-6228







Professional Experience

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2013 – Present
New York City & Paris

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & EDITOR

Global Fronteras Production

■ Co-Founder of Global Fronteras Production, a documentary and film laboratory merging traditional, hybrid and experimental storytelling.

■ Directed, produced and edited films, documentaries and interactive projects.

June 2019 - June 2020
New York City, United States

NEW MEDIA ARTS INSTRUCTOR

Educational Video Center

■ Taught a New Media Arts workshop for High School students. During the 5 months program, students produced an award-winning interactive documentary called "The Pandemic, From School To Prison", exploring the injustices in the incarceration system and the education system. Produced during the Covid-19 pandemic, this i-doc highlights the experiences of essential workers as well.

■ Taught a New Media Arts workshop for High School students. During the 5 weeks program, students produced an interactive documentary called "Break The Stigma", exploring mental health disparities among minorities. Students earned college credits through CollegeNow program at the Bronx Community College. 

September 2019 - December 2019
New York City, United States

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

York College - City University of New York

■ Taught CT355 Cinematography course. Theory and practice of motion picture storytelling as it influences the structure and meaning of film - including analysis of shot selection and camera movement and exercises in film aesthetics with camera, light, and grip equipment.

June 2019 - September 2019
New York City - United States

DOCUMENTARY & FILMMAKING INSTRUCTOR

Downtown Community Television - DCTV

■ Taught a Docu Intensive workshop. Independent filmmakers were introduced to pre-production, production, and post-production process. They examined the documentary form by reviewing films, pitching their doc ideas, executing their concept, shooting their footage and produce a rough assembly or fine cut.

■ Taught a hands-on Camera Fundamentals workshop. Independent filmmakers learned digital video production, basic concepts and technical skills applicable to any camera. 

January 2019 - June 2019
New York City - United States

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

York College - City University of New York

■ Taught CT210 Portrait Documentary course. Undergraduate students are introduced to single camera documentary production for short subject pieces. In this course, students conducted video interviews, filmed coverage, and edited their short documentaries with Premiere Pro. 

September 2016 - December 2019
New York City, United States

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Hunter College - City University of New York

■ Taught FILMP 160, Media and Film in a Digital Age course. An introduction to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of film and video production in a lecture/lab format.

■ Taught MEDP 150, Media and Film in a Digital Age course. An introduction to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of visual design and 2-D digital imaging and production in a lecture/lab format.  

Mai 2016 – June 2016
Morocco

FIELD PRODUCER 

National Geographic & Nutopia

■ Field produced the "Meteorite Hunters in Morocco" segment of National Geographic's documentary series "One Strange Rock".

June 2014 - August 2016
Morocco & Tunisia

VIDEO JOURNALIST

TelQuel

■ Produced original video contents & multimedia pieces
■ Shot, wrote and edited stories for all platforms
■ Managed video platforms and produced I-DOCS
■ Wrote features for the weekly magazine
■ Produced photo essays 

September 2014 - September 2015
Tunisia

VIDEO JOURNALIST & PRODUCER

AJ+, Al Jazeera English, Euronews, AFP, CNN, ABC, TF1, Ruptly TV, Anadolu Agency, Le Monde...

■ Shot, edited and produced videos & multimedia pieces
■ Covered breaking news and political events on the field
■ Photographed breaking news, features and photo essays 

January 2011 - August 2013
Casablanca, Morocco

VIDEO JOURNALIST & MULTIMEDIA MANAGER

Le Soir Échos - LeSoir.TV 

■ Co-founded, developed, managed the first web-TV in Morocco
■ Produced more than 200 videos "News, features, portraits and interviews"
■ Created and developed Interactive Documentaries and Data visualizations.
■ Wrote articles and conducted interviews for the daily newspaper Le Soir-Echos

Education

September 2016 - June 2020
New York City, United States

HUNTER COLLEGE
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

MFA in Integrated Media Arts
■ Focusing on Documentary, Fiction, Third Cinema, New Media, Virtual Reality, Interactive Installations, Micro-Cultural Studies...
■ 4.0 GPA
■ Recipient of the "IMA Faculty Award for Achievement in Integrated Media Art”
■ Recipient of the “The Hunter IMA Advisory Board Prize for “Excellence in Filmmaking.”

November 2012
Tunis, Tunisia

GOOGLE DIGITAL JOURNALISM BOOTCAMP

■ Followed a training on Data Journalism, Mapping and Interactive visualization organized by Google, World Bank Institute and The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

2010 - 2011
Paris, France

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
ESJ PARIS

■ B.A in Television Journalism (Exchange program)

2009 - 2012
Casablanca, Morocco

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
ESJC CASABLANCA

■ B.A in Journalism and Communication

Skills

Filmmaking, Documentary, Hybrid, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Journalism, Social Media, Interactive Storytelling

Researching, Pre-production, Production, Post-production,
Film distribution, Social Impact

Teaching: Documentary, Film & TV Production, History of Film, Emerging Media, Interactive Storytelling...

Camera operating
Sony FS7, Sony FS5, Canon C100, Canon c300, Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K...

Sound mixing
Mixpre 6, Zoom H6N...
Lighting

Software
Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Creative suite, Reaper, Klynt, DaVinci Resolve 16.

HTML, CSS

PHP

JavaScript, SQL

English (Fluent)

French (Fluent)

Arabic (Native)

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FILMS

Time Machine

Time Machine explore the logics of enslavement, colonialism, eurocentrism and their interconnectedness in our globalized world. Mustapha Azemmouri, born in 1502, undertakes a journey to the 21st century to recount his own story of enslavement and exploration, and reflects on a collective puzzle of 500 years of hidden history.

Directed and edited by: Tarek Bouraque
Produced by: Adeline Bailleul & Tarek Bouraque
Genre: Hybrid Documentary
Country: Morocco, Spain, France, United States


Ground Zero Peace

9/11. Lost lives and rubbles. For Sheerena and her husband Sheikh Moussa, this day was filled with pain and hope. The beginning of a grounded commitment to bring light from the midst of one of the darkest moments in American history. On this day, they opened the first Muslim school in New York.

* Screened at the Docfilm Institute, San Francisco, 2019.
* Screened at the Anthology Film Archive, New York City, 2018.
* Screened at the Academy of Film, HKBU, Hong Kong, 2018.

Directed and edited by: Tarek Bouraque
Produced by: Adeline Bailleul & Tarek Bouraque
Genre: Short Documentary
Country: United States 

Agraw, Land Of The Free

At the top of Mount Alebban in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, the Amazigh people of Imider are writing their own story of resistance against the most productive silver mine in Africa. In August 2011, the villagers set up a protest camp on the top of a Mount Alebban where the mine's water pipeline runs.

* OFFICIAL SELECTION, First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, 2020.

Directed, edited and produced by: Adeline Bailleul & Tarek Bouraque
Genre: Short documentary
Country: Morocco

African Brothers

Every year thousands of Sub-Saharan Africans enter Morocco hoping to make it to Europe as immigrants through the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Paying Moroccan security forces to keep them out, the EU is funding a brutal system of violence and abuse.

* Broadcasted on SIC Channel (Portugal) and ORF TV (Austria), 2015.
* Selected for the for the Rory Peck Trust Awards, London, 2014.

Directed, edited & produced by: Adeline Bailleul and Tarek Bouraque
Distributed by : Journeyman Pictures
Genre: Short documentary
Country: Morocco, Spain

Driving Your Soul

In a cozy home located in the Bronx, New York, the Burhaniyya Sufi order meets every Saturday. The participants, both American-born converts and Sufi migrants, squeeze their eyes shut; some gently swayed, letting themselves be carried away by the rhythmic mantras. This film explores how the motion of culture and religion can be adopted from civilizations to another; from country to country, from insiders to outsiders.

* Screened at the Docfilm Institute, San Francisco, 2019.

Directed and edited by: Tarek Bouraque
Produced by: Adeline Bailleul
Genre: Short documentary
Country: United States

Ara Yeke - Rise

From North Dakota to New York, protests swelled into a new movement for Native Americans. This movement echoes the resilience of Native Americans who share the same story of oppression and discrimination. Cynthia Fountain and Luis Sanakori Ramos guide us through a new momentum when tribes unite to fight back against a pattern of deep injustice.

Directed and edited by: Tarek Bouraque
Produced by: Adeline Bailleul
Genre: Short documentary
Country: United States


MEDIA PRODUCTION

One Strange Rock: Meteorite Hunters in Morocco

In Morocco, a chondrite meteorite has been found, which is the oldest form of solid material in the solar system.
One Strange Rock, a thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of our planet, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This 10-part series was filmed in 45 countries, on six continents, and from outer space.

Field Producing in Morocco by: Tarek Bouraque
Production: Nutopia, Protozoa Pictures & Overbrook Entertainment Production
Distribution: National Geographic

Living Inside a Landfill

Welcome to one of Africa's largest dumps: the Jbel Borj Chakir landfill in Tunisia. It's so sprawling that it has absorbed Abdelhamid Jabril's home. Here he tells how his cries for help have not been heeded after the fall of the Ben Ali government.

Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque
Production: AJ+

Tunisia blogger gets 6 months for defaming army

A Tunisian military appeals court jailed blogger Yassine Ayari for six months Tuesday for defaming the army, halving the previous sentence but failing to satisfy critics.

Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque
Production: AFP News Agency

Sound Makes Sense

Can sound have a smell? Dr Slim Masmoudi, a cognitive psychologist in Tunisia believes it can in the domain of young learners. He has applied a multisensory approach to education at a kindergarten in Tunis and the children are reaping the benefits.

Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque
Broadcasted on Euronews for Learning World TV Show

Tunisia's First Election Since The Arab Spring

Tunisians were at the polls this week for the first time since the Arab Spring began 4 years ago. AJ+ visited polling stations in Tunis to find out why residents turned up to vote and how they think their country has changed since Mohamed Bouazizi self-immolated in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, and sparked change across the Arab world.

Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque
Production: AJ+

Thousands protest against terrorism in Tunisia

Thousands took on the streets of Tunis following the deadly terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum. Protesters, including foreign officials, gathered to "say no to terrorism".  

Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque
Production: AFP News Agency

Locals React To Tunisia Museum Attack

AJ+ talked to people on the street in Tunis in the wake of an attack on the city's most famous museum.

Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque
Production: AJ+


PRESS & PUBLICATION


INTERACTIVE

Give Data Earn Money

“Give Data, Earn Money” is a web-based game that explores the value of our data in the age of Big Data. At the first stage of the game, users earn virtual money for each data submitted, at the second stage; users are engaged to set up a price for the data they submit. The goal of this project is to drive the users to re-think the value of their data, their data-privacy and to question the circuit of their generated-data.

Directing and web-programming : Tarek Bouraque
Featuring : Vincent Miller
Produced by: Adeline Bailleul

Shul in the Mosque

Shul in the Mosque is a nonfiction Virtual Reality film that explores the coexistence of a
Jewish-Muslim community in the Bronx, New York. The congregants of an Orthodox
synagogue and of a mosque gather in the same building to practice their religion. The
Muslim community opened its doors to the Jewish community so they could have their own
place of worship.

Genre : VR/360 nonfiction film
Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque


EXPERIMENTAL

Found Garbage

Juxtaposing two different circuits of found footage: A 16mn found-footage developped in an Alternative Darkroom environment, the second video is a series of clips selected and reedited from Internet. While the words are tabbed from an essay by Robert Stam called ""From Hybridity To The Aesthetics Of Garbage."

Genre : Exprimental web-based animation
Edited and conceived by: Tarek Bouraque

Babel, Confusion of Tongues

Babel, Confusion of Tongues is an immersive VR/360 project where the viewer is placed in a black virtual reality space and explores the fragmentation of human languages, customs, patterns and spaces.

Genre : VR/360 experimental film
Directed, edited and produced by: Tarek Bouraque

Sufism Mystics - VR Experience

In a cozy home located in the Bronx, New York, the Burhaniyya Sufi order meets every Saturday. The participants, both American-born converts and Sufi migrants, squeeze their eyes shut; some gently swayed, letting themselves be carried away by the rhythmic mantras.

Genre : VR/360 experimental film
Directed, edited and produced by Tarek Bouraque


TEACHING

CT355, Cinematography course
York College, CUNY

■ This course encompasses a series of projects involving all aspects of producing both motion picture and documentary cinematographic techniques. Technical knowledge and artistic application will be applied to specific camera and lighting equipment, emphasizing photographic quality and the eviction of emotion through compelling imagery.

CT210, Portrait Documentary course
York College, CUNY

■ This course covers the conceptual and technical aspects of documentary filmmaking, focusing most specifically on the “character” or portrait documentary. Through in-class exercises and out-of-class assignments, students learn the fundamentals of single camera video production: shooting, lighting, audio and editing, as well as theoretical concepts and an understanding of different documentary styles.

FILMP/MEDP 160
Hunter College, CUNY

■ This course introduces students to the practical fundamentals of film, video and digital media production. It is a foundations course in time-based media. Students are introduced to a range of media production equipment and techniques, including: Time-based visual storytelling, Film, Video and audio technologies, basic editing techniques, image composition and framing for motion pictures, the use of digital video cameras and digital audio recorders.

FILMP/MEDP 150
Hunter College, CUNY

■ Over the last three decades, dramatic changes in media technology have resulted in a fundamental reconsideration of the once strict borders between print, design, architecture, computational and other media arts. In today’s world, being a media-literate citizen requires understanding and being able to communicate using computer graphics and digital media. MEDP/FILM 150 introduces students to the practical fundamentals of visual communication, design, digital graphics and illustration, web design, networks, digital photography, and new media art.


MY STUDENTS' WORK

The Pandemic, From School To Prison - Interactive Documentary

The Pandemic, From School to Prison is an interactive documentary that delves into the injustices in the incarceration system and the education system. Produced during the Covid-19 pandemic, this I-doc highlights the experiences of essential workers as well.

Winner of “The Point Of View Award” at the 2020 Emoticon NYC

Students work : Beak the Stigma - Interactive Documentary

We, the youth producers of EVC’s New Media Arts Apprenticeship, produced this interactive documentary to explore mental health disparities among minorities as well as the stigma attached to mental illness within our society. Mental illness does not discriminate, it can affect everyone, yet based on our research, minorities are more likely to suffer from mental illness. This interactive documentary aims to show that minorities don't receive the help that they need in regards to mental illness. Through this project, we hope to open a conversation about mental illness within these communities. We are also hoping to push policy makers to take into consideration those disparities and fight against barriers to minority mental health care.

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