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A 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.
In This Program
Ali Kareem Obaid / Iraq, Italy / 2016 / 8 minsSet against the backdrop of ISIS’ imposition of the "jizya" or tax on non-Muslims in its territories, a Christian family concocts a plan to protect its only daughter.
Raouf Zaki / Syria, USA / 2017 / 16 minsA withdrawn Arab man begins frequenting a Boston café. Eventually, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.
Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf / France, Jordan, Syria / 2016 / 13 minsOn a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter's life at risk.
Dina Naser / Belgium, Jordan, Palestine / 2015 / 11 minsExperimental film that reenacts one family's experience during Gaza's 2014 Shujaiya massacre where dozens died after being given a moment's notice to evacuate before their neighborhood was bombed by the Israeli government.
Marie-Rose Osta / Lebanon / 2016 / 20 minsWhile the Lebanese borders are under constant terrorist attacks, a Beiruti couple battle midnight anxiety.
Mounia Akl / Lebanon / 2016 / 20 minsIn a not-so-distant future, Lebanon’s garbage crisis has reached an apex, with forecasts of acid rain looming in the distance. Set against this backdrop, Hala refuses to evacuate her home, as she clings to whatever remains. Premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.