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20th Arab Film Festival


98 mins

Shorts Program: Animation

Embarcadero Center Cinema
October 8, 2016 1:00 pm

Shorts Program: Animation

Harmony Gold
October 22, 2016 3:15 pm


This year at #AFF2016, we are pleased to share with you our very first series of animated films! These shorts showcase the amazing talent and storytelling abilities of Arab animators. If you think animation and cartoons are just for children, think again. The films in this program cover a wide range of serious topics through varied genres and styles. Each piece deals with different forms of pain and tragedy, but also with hope and dreams. In just mere minutes, these films will completely capture your mind and also pull on your heartstrings.

In This Program

  1. Diaspora

    Alaeddin Abou Taleb / Tunisia / 2015 / Animation Short / 13 mins
    A story of a Head who lives alone in a wheelchair for many years in his apartment in downtown, Tunis. He sits in isolation, consuming media -- his only sustenance -- until he is offered an opportunity to re-engage to world outside.

  2. The Dice Player

    Nissmah Roshdy / Egypt / 2013 / Animation Short / 3 mins
    An animated visual interpretation of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish's famous poem "The Dice Player.'

  3. In the Future They Ate From The Finest Porcelain

    Larissa Sansour / Palestine / 2015 / Animation, Experimental Short / 30 mins
    This film resides at the cross-sections between sci-fi, archaeology and politics. Combining live motion and CGI, the film explores the role of myth for history, fact and national identity.

  4. Karouma

    Boubaker Boukhari / UAE / 2015 / Animation Short / 12 mins
    Karouma is a gifted boy, who is striving to break through and to leave his parent’s nest to pursue his dreams and live life to its full potential.

  5. The Pot Thief

    Nicolas Fattouh / Lebanon / 2015 / Animation Short / 4 mins
    On the planet Ednomelie people are born with a white pot stuck to the body. To stay alive they must constantly rub. Everything was fine, until Salokin was born without pot.

  6. Silence

    Chadi Aoun / Lebanon / 2016 / Animation Short / 15 mins
    Silence is the only sound in the city of Ghabra. Any form of expression is met by death. SAMT is the introduction to a dysfunctional society that is about to implode.

  7. Unfinished Tales: Fool’s Paradise

    Hussam ismail / France, Jordan, UK / 2015 / Animation Short / 6 mins
    In a hospital room with four bedridden soldiers, one of them lays near a window and paints a picture of what he sees outside.

  8. Waves ’98

    Ely Dagher / Lebanon / 2015 / Animation Short / 15 mins
    Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar's discovery lures him into the depth of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality, he loses track of time and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments and his sense of home.

Dates & Times

Shorts Program: Animation

Embarcadero Center Cinema
October 8, 2016 1:00 pm

Shorts Program: Animation

Harmony Gold
October 22, 2016 3:15 pm