Shorts 1: ASWAT JADIDA أصوات جديدة (new voices)

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ASWAT JADIDA أصوات جديدة

Via our inaugural “Aswat Jadida أصوات جديدة” short film showcase, experience the work of new voices working within the register of cinematic storytelling. The program echoes with a variety of tonalities that range from a Sundance award-winning comedy of errors about a Saudi beauty queen’s drama-fueled graduation party gone-wrong and the experience of two Lebanese-American sisters in the backwoods American midwest; to issues of forced marriage faced by Bedouin women in the Sini Peninsula and a female Yazidi freedom fighter on the run from ISIS. Get inspired. Get hype. And get your short film fix through this eclectic mix of creative expression

Dunya’s Day
Raed Alsemari, Saudi Arabia, 14m, 2019
Abandoned by her domestic help, Dunya fights to throw the perfect graduation soirée.

Happy Ending
Ramzi el Khoury, Lebanon, 14m, 2018
Scrolling blankly through his phone, Chadi notices something written on one of his Whatsapp groups: “You are the only one left in the group.” He realizes that the group of his old university friends is now dissolved and he is the only one left. The idea starts to affect his mood and slowly builds up into an inner monologue reflecting his loneliness, frustration, and lack of human connection.

Jebel Banat
Sharine Atif, Egypt, 15m, 2018
The retelling of a melancholic 19th century Egyptian legend about two Bedouin sisters escaping forced marriages (“Jebel Banat” or “Girl’s Mountain” in English).

Madina, IA
Yumna Marwan, USA/Lebanon, 11m, 2018
Two Arab immigrant sisters navigate the cold and violent land of a ghost town in the American Midwest.

Into Reverse
Noha Adel, Egypt, 14m, 2017
In Cairo on a regular morning of a working day, a clash erupts in a one direction side street of a crowded neighborhood between two car drivers. Shall the driver in the right direction submit just because she’s a woman?

Missed Call
Maya Jaafar, Lebanon, Lebanon, 11m, 2019
Lana, a cashier in a supermarket of a gas station receives a call announcing that her father was hospitalized due to kidney failure. She realizes that she can make a good amount of money in one night if she satisfies the desires and fantasies of men in order to pay the hospital fees.

Mosul 980
Ali Mohammed Saeed, Iraq, 10m, 2019
Disguised as an ISIS fighter, a young woman emerges from the trunk of a car. She is one of 3000 Yazidi women kidnapped from Mosul by the Islamic State in 2014 and sold as sex slaves. Now she is on the run, trying to find her way between ruins and corpses.

Nefta Football Club
Yves Piat, Tunisia/France, 17m, 2018
In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags back to their village.

 

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