Shorts Program

La Dame E Le Roi

Leila, an 11-year-old girl who lives in France, she returned with her family to spend the summer holidays as every year.  Ahmed is Leila’s only friend in Tunisia so she decided to provide him with a visa and take him with her to France.

Director: Anis Absi

Country: Tunisia

Year: 2019

Duration: 24:00

Language: Arabic and French (with English subtitles)

Zahra’s Letter

Zahra is a Palestinian woman from Syria who like thousands of refugees, has just arrived in Germany. But she has left behind her younger son. Osama lost 35 kg during the war and one day   he disappeared from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, the most emblematic place of the Syrian war, where he lived with his family. Zahra decides to write a letter to her son from Germany: to tell him how she has arrived in Europe with his disabled sister, how the family is,    how is their day to day life in the new city…Her letter without address is a desperate love letter.

Director: Paula Palacios

Countries: Syria, Germany, Spain

Year: 2017

Duration: 15:00

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Karim’s Role

Karim, an actor fed up with just playing terrorist roles, shares his sorrows with two of his friends – Dani and Bea – while having a drink. Subsequent events will make that conversation especially relevant and put each of them to the test.

Director: Yassin Oukhiar

Country: Spain

Year: 2018

Duration: 7:00

Language: Spanish with English Subtitles

Sacred Hair

A fortuitous life changing encounter between a young ill boy and a Muslim woman in a Montreal park.

Director: Mario Morin

Country: Canada

Year: 2017

Duration: 13:44

Languages: English and French with English subtitles

Moderately Satisfied

When visiting her terminally ill mother for the first time in months, an estranged daughter finds new answers about her relationship with her bitter mother, while filling out a patient satisfaction survey. For the first time, the two finally meet halfway.

Director: Hind Anabtawi

Country: UAE

Year: 2018

Duration: 12:47

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Homecoming

Mariam Jalloul is the first student accepted to Harvard from Fordson High School; located in Dearborn, Michigan- the city with the most concentrated amount Arabs and Muslims outside of the Middle East. Mariam’s acceptance is historical to the community. This is the story of how Mariam leaves home, navigates her identity, and finds her way back; all while tearing down barriers.

Director: Malak Wazne

Country: USA

Year: 2019

Duration: 5:43

Language: English

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