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The return of our Visions shorts program, showcasing outstanding, world-class short films by some of the most talented filmmakers of the dayFilled with diverse stories about youth, discover the stunning Miyazaki-esque animation of Dana Durr as she takes us through a story of loss under occupation, the unique and unlikely reunion of two lovers as told in the Cannes Palme d'Or winning work of Sameh Alaa and the beautiful filmmaking and empowering story that won Suzannah Mirghani over 18 awards in the past year. Peer into the new frontiers of storytelling from throughout the Arab World.

This programs includes the following films:

Mariam (Palestine) dir. Dana Durr

I'm Afraid to Forget Your Face (Egypt) dir. Sameh Alaa

The Departure (Morocco) dir. Saïd Hamich

The Girls Who Burned the Night (Saudi Arabia) dir. Sara Mesfer

Trumpets in the Sky (Lebanon, Palestine) dir. Rakan Mayasi

Al-Sit (Sudan) dir. Suzannah Mirghani

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.

About the filmmaker:

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sameh studied German literature at Cairo University. Before moving to Europe, he worked as an assistant director in advertisement and feature films. In 2016, he finished his MA in filmmaking at Eicar film school in Paris. Sameh’s first short film Fifteen premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and won several awards around the world. In 2019 he made his first advertisement campaign as a writer and director. His last short film I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face, is the first Egyptian film in 50 years to be selected for the Official Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2020. Sameh is currently developing his debut feature film.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Egypt, France, Qatar, Belgium
  • Director
    Sameh Alaa
  • Screenwriter
    Sameh Alaa
  • Producer
    Muhammad Taymour, Mark Lotfy
  • Co-Producer
    Ahmed Zayan, Martin Jerome
  • Cast
    Seif Hemeda, Nourhan Ahmed
  • Cinematographer
    Giorgos Val
  • Editor
    Yasser Azmy
  • Production Design
    Shaimaa Magdy
  • Sound Design
    Moataz Al Qammari