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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

On an engagement night, a denied request pushes two sisters to their edge. Salsabel, a 13-year-old Saudi girl who fights to go to the grocery shop in a city where it is socially unacceptable, experiences hardship in her relationship with her older sister Wasan, who fears the night's darkness and refuses to go. Later that day, the two sisters find a way to fulfil their desires by burning the night.

About the filmmaker:

Sara Mesfer is a Saudi Director based in Saudi Arabia. She has a Bachelor's degree in Cinematic Art from Effat University. Sara had the chance to explore cinema and filmmaking not only through her studies. In 2016, she joined forces with a group of independent filmmakers in Saudi Arabia and started making short and feature films that vary in story, style and role.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    24 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Saudi Arabia
  • Director
    Sara Mesfer
  • Screenwriter
    Sara Mesfer
  • Producer
    Jawaher Alamri
  • Co-Producer
    Raghad Bajabaa
  • Cast
    Jana Gomri, Haya Maraabi, Zain
  • Cinematographer
    Rawan Namngani
  • Editor
    Bashayer Alsomali
  • Production Design
    Ethar Ba'Amer
  • Sound Design
    Ahmed Elbaba