Coming to a Mind Near You

Who We Are

A lot of people have been asking us about what is it that we do exactly and what projects we have lined up. Well not really ,I just like to make it seem that there are people out there interested in our work.

Anyways here is a brief about all the projects we are currently involved in.

After the enormous success of Laith’s first feature film as a producer and an editor, Captain Abu Raed, ( Winner of the Sundance Audience award 2008 as well as 27 other international awards) , he and I teamed up to form Immortal Entertainment with the vision to cultivate and incubate different projects in film, photography and music. The basis on which our platform was built was that we will seek to work on projects that deal with the realities of problems and issues in the Arab world. Basically we are inspired by the realties of the urban landscape  of the world we live in.

Film:

1- Abandoned :I  began working on developing the synopsis for our first feature film  in late 2008. The working title of the film is “Abandoned” .  It tells a story about orphans and the underworld in Amman, when I had a clear vision of what the story line was going to be, we called upon the skills of amazingly talented Nizar Wattad, a Palestinian -American screen writer who gratefully accepted to spend six weeks with us developing the treatment for the film. The treatment has generated a considerable amount of interest in the region, Europe and America and we hope that by the end of this year we will be able to sign a deal to start the pre-production for the film.

2-Voice of the Valley tells the inspiring story of two Muslim Jordanian women Asma, 26, and Munira, 25. Despite the government’s refusal to issue them a license, with no formal journalistic training, and having had to face backlash from men in their community, they produce and broadcast a groundbreaking social and political radio program from Amman called “Voice of the Valley.”Through their radio program they expose the many issues that negatively affect the inhabitants of the Jordan Valley, a severely neglected agricultural region in Jordan.This film also strives to highlight the detrimental problems facing the men, women and children living in the Jordan Valley such as the water shortage, poverty, corruption within the local government, and neglect—problems which have not been addressed by governmental officials in Amman, the capital city.Immortal is working with two truly remarkable , talented, brave and visionary American film directors Leila Jarman and Elspeth Dehnert who were also crazy enough to travel to the Middle East without speaking a word of Arabic and started working on this project on their own. The efforts of these two women are truly humbling and we are very grateful for the chance to work with them.  Immortal’s involvement in the film is extensive, we are handling the post production phase, Laith is also editing the film and through our local contacts and understanding of the country and its culture we were able to link Asma and Munira with the highest government officials whose minisitries and deparments are directly responsible for conditions in the Jordan Valley . Immortal does not simply seek projects that expose problems and issues in the region , we set out to find solutions for these issues and conncect people who are in position to bring about change.

Music:-

Our involvement in hip hop movement is very interesting , because when we set out to do this project the aim was to document the movement, now we are producing music videos, photo essays , organizing shows , connecting musicians , visual artists, DJs and rappers together , locally and internationally. We are no longer  just documenting the movement ,we are at the very heart of it all.

As of now we are currently working on projects with MC Amin , Arabian Knightz, Ahmad Fishawi, DJ Lethal Skillz and Omar Offendum,  producing music videos for them as well as several other projects.. The Legendary DJ Lethal Skillz of Beirut is also working with us on several fronts, through him we are producing mix tapes, music videos and promotions for his upcoming album . He is also co-producing an album for one of the most promising young rappers out there, this album will be an Immortal entertainment product.

On the international scene, Immortal made history when it brought out the legendary  Mochilla crew out to the Middle East for the first time, introducing them to artists in Beirut and Amman , and throwing what is without a doubt the best two hip hop shows to be ever held in Amman and Beirut, building on that success , Immortal will be working with Mochilla again this summer in July , when we hope to host the Mochilla crew along with some memebers of their extended family out in LA for a regional tour that will include shows, building with local rappers, musicians and DJ’s through jam sessions etc. This will be the musical event of the summer in the region, we promise you this, if you thought those January shows were amazing then prepare to get your minds blown away in July.

Photography:

Laith Majali: Photography for me is more than just snapping pictures, photography is my window to life. I spend my time roaming the streets of the world looking for moments to capture and freeze in time, I look for interactions between human beings, and through that i come to understand the world I live in. I picked up photography seriously in 2005 and since then I have traveled the world documenting the human condition. I take a special interest in culture and social documentary work. Over the past 3 years I have been working on my first photography book, which focuses on the rise of Arab Hip Hop world wide. My work has been featured in international and regional magazines and I’ve had my work exhibited in Jordan, London, Italy , Egypt and the US.

Last year I got one of the most difficult assignments I had to shoot so far. I was to shadow HM King Abdullah of Jordan for a month and photograph him for the royal archives. This project has been one of the most challenging but one of the most fulfilling experiences too.

I still love shooting film, I photograph with a selection of old and new cameras and I still believe I got lots to learn.

You can see some of my personal work on : http://lmajali.wordpress.com

Nasser Kalaji

I bought my first camera in Oct 2009,  in March 2010 , after going online with my work for two weeks, I was contacted by Leica , the worlds finest camera maker to work on the V lux 20 project with them.  In April I was lucky enough to be awarded a schoalrship by the Foundary photojournalism workshop which is made up from the finest photojournalists in the world. I will be attending their workshop in June this year.

I am a lucky fool , the laptop I am using to write this entry is about half the yearly income of an avergage citizen in my country. I studied in private schools and for higher education I went abroad, opportunities that are seldom available for most of my fellow citizens and as such I feel that it is my duty to document the conditions and realities of  those who are less fortunate wherever I travel. Since Oct I documented conditions on the streets of Indonesia, Thailand, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, England, Holland  and Germany . My work can be viewed on our blog. , on Leica’s travel website .com and here .

Lastly we would like to thank all our friends, families and fellow artists who have shown us immense support, encouragement , constructive criticism and love.

You taking pride in our work means the world to us , more than anything it pushes us to keep on delivering work that makes all those who are assocaited with us proud.

Immortal , coming soon to a mind near you.

Nasser Kalaji and Laith Majali.

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17 responses

  1. Samah Dagash

    Guys and Gals,
    I have just come across your work for the first time.

    Can I please encourage all young artists in the region to take part in a global competition called “Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices”.

    Each artist or group needs to produce or share an already existing track on their view of corruption.

    I’m tired of seeing the region underrepresented!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fair-Play-Anti-Corruption-Youth-Voices/273959194790?ref=ts

    March 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

  2. you are shininem

    April 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

  3. In fact I got your story about the shoes trading and smuggling from a friend of of mine, an “English man in Amman”, it goes like that song an” English man in N.Y.” by Sting, last march and it was the story that attracted my attention more than who wrote! as I assumed that it was the work of a foreign journalist( Fadi Ashghal) nothing to do in other words, of course I was wrong. And today for some reason I was going though my favorites list and decided to go through it again and look at WHO WE ARE, and read every word there, to find out that you guys worked hard on yourselves and still are, and that you opted to get out of the box of looking for a job arranged by your dads and the family, to be creative and dedicate your lives to the good cause of your country and Arab nations in general. Well done.

    I wish that our brand name schools teach our kids how to be creative and innovative, and and ow to take a decision, not only speak languages!

    June 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  4. Thank you for taking the time to check out our work and for your kind words and support.

    we are trying man. and thats all what we can do really.

    June 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm

  5. Natalie

    I love how your engagement is so diverse. Keep it up!! Looking forward to more creative productions

    July 6, 2010 at 8:11 am

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    July 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

  7. Dear Nasser, we got in touch once and it was very interesting chit chat with you. Can you please get in touch with me again, as I believe we can do some beneficial work together. i have an e-marketing consultant visiting Amman if it concerns you!

    Good luck

    C. Twal

    July 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

  8. plz we need your phone no

    December 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

  9. I was glancing at some of my fellow MC’s FB & twitter accounts & I noticed that you were a fan of Middle Eastern Hip-Hop music. I’m always looking to network & showcase my music at any chance I get, so I thought I’d take the time to present some of my music to you. I’m not asking anybody to buy anything. I go by the name of Bird. I was born & raised in St. Louis, MO, but I spent 4 years during my teens in Occupied Palestine, so most of my music is about the occupation. Hip-Hop is my passion & I take my craft very serious. My first mixtape “MidWest Bank,” is currently on the web as a free download. I was hoping you could check out some of the songs below, & if you like, you could download. Sorry if I’m imposing. But i really do appreciate you taking the time to check me out… Thank you!!

    West Bank Story- http://www.wemix.com/clip.aspx?key=F3FC81E4C8F56454

    Shots- Fired- http://www.wemix.com/clip.aspx?key=0B660C698CAD796D

    D.O.Z. (Death of Zionism)- http://www.wemix.com/clip.aspx?key=69FC77D5575D14C5

    MidWest Bank (16songs)-

    http://www.4shared.com/file/gnxEMP3v/BIRD_-_MidWest_Bank_Mixtape_CD.html

    FB: facebook.com/birdSTL
    Twitter: @birdSTL

    January 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  10. Hi,
    It’s RealMG.
    I’m a Songwriter, Arranger, Mixer and Record Producer.
    You can listen to my whole DEMOs on http://www.youtube.com/RrealMG
    Plz Check it out and Enjoy! 🙂
    Please NEVER miss the diamond in the rough.
    Thank you.
    RealMG

    June 6, 2011 at 4:15 am

  11. REALLY LIKE YOUR GUYS WORK ALOT. ITS RAW ,REAL AND NO BULLSHIT . HERE IS SOME OF MY WORK . CHEERS http://jfifer.tumblr.com/

    September 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  12. Refugees OF Rap

    Salam Bro
    We Are Refugees OF Rap Representing Arab Rap In Syria
    And We Are Interesting In “Voice of the Streets Project”
    If You Have Any new Project On The FutureWe Ready For It
    ……………………………………………………
    Refugees Of Rap
    E-mail: refugeesofrap@gmail.com

    October 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  13. good working guys ……..
    hope to see ya

    January 2, 2012 at 1:36 am

  14. kasia

    Mad respect to you both!! Immortal and all the work you’re doing is amazing, keep it up!! Peace!

    January 6, 2012 at 3:26 am

  15. Issa Sawaqed

    Laith, you can not stop amazing all of us. Great job man.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  16. Nidal Elwan

    Keep going , we are proud of you guys .

    Peace from Palestine .

    March 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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