San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
11 short films will be screened with a total running time of 109 minutes. Curated by Yasmin El Derby.
Honayn’s Shoe Egypt (2009) 3 minutes Director: Mohamed Ghazala
A fantasy animation about a nomad who has lost his shoe and goes on an adventure with his camel to find it again.
Farewell Exile Morocco/Switzerland/France (2011)15 minutes Director: Lamia Alami
In her underprivileged Moroccan town, Fatima waits anxiously to join her husband in France. Will her husband’s letter secure a brighter future for her and her son or will she have to make a crucial sacrifice?
Poet of the Sea Libya/UK (2012) 4 minutes Director: Farag Akwedir
A Benghazi fisherman has spent a lifetime fishing at sea but once in a while the verses he catches are bigger than his fish. The distance away from the coast gives him time and clarity to reflect on what is happening in Libya.
Growing Jordan (2013) 5 minutes Director: Tariq Rimawi
A child plays with a toy weapon and grows up along with it.
Check Point Boy Palestine/UK (2013) 3 minutes Director: Shireen Abu Hamda
A portrait of young Palestinian boys who spend their childhood selling bric-a-brac at military check-points in order to supplement their family’s income. Confronted by daily repression they dream of a better future.
Al Muqanaa (The Masked) Qatar (2012) 6 minutes Director: Tarek Abu Esber
The story of Ahmed Al-Jaber, an eccentric Doha resident who entertains the public with his collection of intricately decorated cars.
A Person’s Life Bahrain (2012) 10 minutes Director: Mohammed Jassim
A look at the life of a migrant worker in Bahrain.
Al Rajeem Jordan (2012) 10 minutes Director: Mohammed Jassim
An eery story about a curse that remained dormant for generations until inadvertently reawakened by a little girl.
Studio Beirut Lebanon (2013) 14 minutes Director: Mokhtar Beyrouth
1963, Beirut – Toufik, a young photographer and studio owner has his livelihood threatened with the installation of the town’s first photo-booth.
Feeding 500 UAE (2012) 18 minutes Director: Rafed Alharthi
A look at one man’s passion, determination and struggle to feed 500 stray cats everyday since 1995.
Rain Qatar (2012) 14 minutes Director: Rahab El Ewaly
An animated regional folk-tale about desperation and hope.