Directed by Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf
On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.
After having worked in the oil and gas industry, Anas Khalaf turned his sights towards a career in film. Born in Syria, but raised in France, Anas worked as a producer before directing. He is known for the short film DEAF DAY (2011) and MARE NOSTRUM. Rana Kazkaz began her career as an actor, studying at the Moscow Art Theater. From acting she turned to writing and wrote her first screenplay GIBRAN, based on the life of Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, which was selected in the labs for Tribeca, Sundance, and Cannes. She studied directing and was one of eight women selected to attend the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (2006). Her short films include KEMO SABE (2007), EXQUISITE CORPSE (2008), DEAF DAY (2011), and MARE NOSTRUM.
88 minsA compilation of moody short narratives that demonstrate superbly crafted visual storytelling while engaging important socio-political realities of various parts of the Arab World and beyond. From a father who seeks to protect his only daughter from ISIS to an experimental rendering of Gaza's 2014 Shujaiya massacre: these films are captivating inasmuch as they touch upon pressing issues.