The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

Shorts Program

Al Ghorba

Animated/experimental film.  Through a series of dreams, a Syrian woman living far from home tries to deal with being unsettled and displaced from her war-torn country.

 

Director: Alia Hijaab

Country: Syria, Canada

Year: 2018

Duration: 6:11

Languages: Arabic with English subtitles, English

The Cord

Due to the stress and exhaustion that Nada suffers from a siege imposed on the neighborhood where she lives with her husband, she begins to feel the pain of the delivery a month before expected.  The husband’s car has been out of order for a few months, and the midwife who lives on the other side of the neighborhood cannot get to Nada because of a sniper who lays in waiting threatening the lives of who pass by.  The husband negotiates with the sniper, begging him to allow the midwife to cross the street, but the sniper insists on denying all attempts.  Nada finally gives birth to a girl. As for the husband, he takes revenge on the sniper in a way that never comes to mind.

 

Director: Allaith Hajoo

Country: Syria

Year: 2018

Duration: 20:21

Language: Arabic with English Subtitles

Nadia’s Visa

After failing to obtain a travel visa to meet with her family, Nadia finds herself stuck in a moral dilemma.

 

Director: Hanadi Elyan

Country: Jordan, US

Year: 2018

Duration: 18:00

Language: Arabic with English subtitles, English

Nightmare of Gaza

A haunting, experimental narrative of a woman in the streets of Gaza surrounded by the devastation after the bombs have stopped. She has been helping others, but revelations show it is herself who now needs the help.

 

Director: Farah Nabulsi

Country: UAE

Year: 2018

Duration: 13:49

Language: English

The President’s Visit

When a small coastal town of fishermen learns about the secret visit of the President of the Republic to its local soap shop, they embark in an everlasting struggle at cleaning up and maintaining the perfect image of their town.

Director: Cyril Aris

Country: Lebanon

Year: 2017

Duration: 19:00

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Unspoken

Unspoken is about spoken word poet Farah Chamma who, at the age of 17, became an online sensation after her poems went viral. A well-known poet today, Farah finds her poetry at odds with the world she lives in. The film shows her conflict as she struggles with self-censorship and keeping her poetry authentic and real.

 

Director: Samia Badih

Country: UAE

Year: 2017

Duration: 10:11

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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